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Pendleton County stays unbeaten

Wildcats will take 20-0 record into postseason action

MT. STORM – Class A, No. 5 Pendleton County held off homestanding Petersburg, 51-49, on Tuesday, and then capped off an undefeated regular season by claiming a 74-47 win at Union on Wednesday evening.

The Wildcats, who are now 20-0, are the top seed in the Class A, Region II, Section 2 tournament and will face the winner of Saturday’s Tucker County at Harman game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in semifinal action.

Pendleton County had a 28-23 lead at halftime against Petersburg and clinged to a 37-34 advantage after three quarters.

The Vikings, who connected on 23 of 25 of their free-throw attempts, took a 15-14 scoring edge in the final canto.

Laird Sweet had 16 points, Bailey Thompson 15 and Josh Alt 13 for Pendleton County.

Kahner Turner had a game-high 19 points for Petersburg, followed by Lane Huffman with 11.

The Vikings concluded the regular season 5-17 and will travel to Keyser at 7 p.m. Monday in Class AA, Region I, Section 1 action.

Alt had 19 points in Wednesday’s win over the Tigers as the Wildcats stormed out to a 44-17 halftime lead.

Thompson added 16 and Sweet 14.

Daniel Savage and Devin Gaither led Union with 14 points apiece.

Kenneth Adams also reached double figures with 11.

The Tigers are seeded seventh in the Class A, Region II, Section 2 tournament and will visit No. 2 East Hardy on Saturday.

Pendleton County (19-0)

Bailey Thompson 6 3-7 15, Laird Sweet 6 3-6 16, Isaiah Gardiner 1 2-7 5, Taylor Wimer 1 0-0 2, Josh Alt 6 1-2 13. Totals 20 9-28 51

Petersburg (7-15)

Cody Nuzum 0 2-2 2, Lane Huffman 4 3-4 11, Adam Nesselrodt 0 1-2 1, Quinton Oates 1 0-0 3, Jacob Hawk 1 2-2 4, Matt VanMeter 2 4-4 9, Kahner Turner 3 11-12 19, Charlie Moomau 0 0-1 0. Totals 11 23-25 49

Pendleton County 18 10 9 14 — 51

Petersburg 9 14 11 15 — 49

3-point goals: Pendleton County 2 (Sweet and Gardiner), Petersburg 4 (Turner 2, Oates and VanMeter)

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