Wildcats fall to the Irish

CLARKSBURG — Trey Cooper surpassed 1,000 points for his high school career Thursday, but it wasn’t enough to help the Wildcats defeat Notre Dame in the Class A Region II Tournament.

The Fighting Irish downed Pendleton County, 76-51, and ended the season for PCHS.

Notre Dame (20-5) will now move on to play in the state tournament next week in Charleston.

“I was proud of my kids,” PCHS coach Ryan Lambert said. “They fought hard for four quarters, they were just out ran. Notre Dame’s style of play got to us. They got a lot of deflections and turnovers.

“We’re happy with our half-court offense and our half-court defense, but the transition, they beat us there in the second quarter and the fourth quarter.

“Our kids got tired down the stretch. Notre Dame just had more depth,” he said.

The Fighting Irish got out to a quick lead, taking a 42-26 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

After the intermission, PCHS took the third quarter, 16-13, but dropped the final stanza 21-9 and the season slipped away.

Cooper set the pace for the Wildcats with 17 points and finished his high school career with 1,006 points.

Tyler Day contributed 16 points and Timmy Thorne added 9 points to the effort.

“It’s bittersweet for Trey (Cooper),” Lambert said. “Trey is the kind of kid who puts the team first. He didn’t even know he was near 1,000 points, until he went over it. That’s how little he was worried about reaching that goal.

“Tears were rolling down his cheeks in the locker room after the game because of the team loss. Even though he got a game ball for going over 1,000 points, he wanted the team to win more. That’s the bitter part of it. But the sweet part is, it couldn’t have happened for a more deserving kid.”

Jarrod West was the game’s top scorer with 19 points for NDHS. Noah Bohanna, Robert Griffith and Vincent Zummo tallied 13 points each, while Jaret Mullooly chipped in 12 points.

The Wildcats finish the season with 19 wins and 7 losses.