Philip Barbour outlasts Vikings in semi-final

PHILIPPI — The Philip Barbour Lady Colts never trailed Petersburg Wednesday on the way to a 49-37 win in a Class AA Region I Section 1 semi-final contest.

The Lady Colts will now advance to the sectional final on Friday.

Philip Barbour’s victory improved their record to 13-10 as they won their sixth game in a row. They will host either Frankfort or Keyser at 7 p.m. Friday for a sectional title tilt at the Colts’ Corral.

The Lady Vikings led PBHS in a game between the newly paired AA sectional foes during Grafton’s Sam Bord tournament in December, through the Lady Colts came back to win that game as well.

“Petersburg is a much improved team, they hustled,” Colts coach Curtis Bodkins said. “They don’t have a lot of size, but what they lack in size, they made up for in hustle. I think Petersburg won the majority of 50-50 balls tonight. We were like in quick sand, standing around and not getting on the floor and going after the ball.”

Philip Barbour led 9-4 after one quarter, and edged the Lady Vikings 13-11 in the second for a 22-15 halftime advantage.

Petersburg’s Lauren Fleming hit a runner to tie the contest up at 25-all with 2:58 left in the third period. Chelsea Mayle responded on the ensuing play by dropping in a three-point shot to help PB regain the lead for good. Fleming came right back to the key with another field goal to make it a one-point game.

Adriana Christopher drove and scored for the Colts, and then Shayna Rexrode capped off the third frame with a three-point shot from the top of the key to put PBHS ahead, 34-27, to start the fourth frame.

Kasey Neville made the next score with a shot from behind the arc to give Philip Barbour a 10-point lead. Neville then cleared the rebound at the other end, and quickly found Mayle out in front for an easy basket. Neville garnered 2 more points soon thereafter to help set the pace down the remaining stretch.

Mayle finished the contest with a game-high 20 points, including a pair of threes and a 6-of-9 night at the foul line. Rexrode made a total of 2 treys, garnering 8 total points in the scoring column. Christopher nabbed 8 points, making 6-out-of-8 at the charity stripe.

Neville finished with 7 points, and fellow junior Sarah Jones scored 7 as well. Jones made a couple of nice jumpers, and shot 3-of-4 at the line for the Colts.

Hayley Ours and Lauren Fleming paced the Vikings with 9 points each. Kaylin Arbaugh had 8 on the score sheet, while Lexie Earle and Reece Hedrick had 6 and 4 points, respectively.

“I can’t say anything negative, our girls gave a lot of effort,” Petersburg coach Janie Pool said. “We had girls in foul trouble, which killed us. Our shots weren’t falling the best. It was there, we just didn’t get quite there.”

Petersburg High School’s girls varsity team finished the 2016-17 season with a winning record of 13-10.