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Crusadarettes cruise past Tucker girls

Tournament suspended after Class A quarterfinal contest

WV Press Photo Tucker County’s London Hood (23) drives the baseline against Parkersburg Catholic’s Leslie Huffman (11) Thursday during Class A state quarterfinal action at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

CHARLESTON — In what turned out to be the final game of the 2020 high school girls state tournament for the time being, seventh-seed Tucker County saw its season come to a halt in an 85-47 setback to No. 2 Parkersburg Thursday afternoon at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

During the second half of the Class A quarterfinal matchup, a formal announcement from Gov. Jim Justice’s office was announced over the Coliseum’s loudspeaker that the state tournament was being suspended due to concerns over the new coronavirus.

WVSSAC executive director Bernie Dolan held a news conference later on Thursday from the arena. He said the tournament will not resume this week and no timetable for its resumption is know at this time.

“Questions have to be answered,” Dolan said. “but we can’t answer them today. We don’t know where the virus situation is going to take us.”

If the tournament does resume in a short time frame, however, a new venue could be needed as Charleston Coliseum & Convention officials announced late Thursday afternoon the facility will cancel all public events with more than 250 people for the next 30 days.

As for the game, the Lady Mountain Lions were unable to rebound after falling behind 21-5 after one quarter and 41-16 at the intermission break.

“We knew going into the game we had to have a monumental effort against a great team,” Tucker County coach David Helmick said. “We had some breakdowns, especially with defensive rebounding.”

Terra Kuhn, playing her final game for the Lady Mountain Lions, had 19 points and seven rebounds. London Hood also reached double figures with 10 points, while freshman Kadie Colebank followed with nine points and six caroms.

Aaliyah Brunny fired in 30 points and Leslie Huffman chipped in with 23 for the Crusadarettes (26-0).

Madeline Huffman, meanwhile, dished out a Class A state tourney record 15 assists.

Tucker County, which loses just Kuhn from the starting lineup on the floor to start Thursday’s game, finished the season 18-8.

Tucker County (18-8)

Jessi Daniels 1 0-0 2, London Hood 3 4-6 10, Kadie Colebank 3 3-5 9, Terra Kuhn 7 5-9 19, Gracie Rapp 0 5-5 5, Brailey Pennington 1 0-0 2, Autumn Russell 0 0-0 0, Nevaeh Nichols 0 0-0 0, Vivianna Teter 0 0-0 0, Corinia Lipscomb 0 0-0 0, Jacey Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 17-25 47

Parkersburg Catholic (26-0)

Lainie Ross 3 1-4 8, Leslie Huffman 10 2-2 23, Aaliyah Brunny 12 6-8 30, Jenna Boice 4 0-0 8, Madeline Huffman 4 0-0 9, Tiana Tauber 1 0-0 2, Madison Ross 2 1-2 5, Paige Stotts 0 0-0 0, Neva Bryant 0 0-0 0, Deborah Hardbarger 0 0-0 0. Totals 36 10-16 88

Tucker County 5 11 17 14 — 47

Park. Catholic 21 20 21 23 — 85

3-point goals: PC 3 (Ross, L. Huffman and M. Huffman)

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