WINFIELD, W.Va. — Poor shooting end the Lady Knights season.
The Point Pleasant girls basketball team fell to Winfield, Wednesday night by a count of 41-30, after shooting under 19 percent from the field in the sectional semi-final in Putnam County.
Winfield (12-11) held the Lady Knights (8-16) scoreless for nearly six minutes to begin the game, while the Lady Generals scored 10 points. Point Pleasant’s first basket came at the 2:07 mark of the first period. WHS out scored PPHS 4-to-2 over the remainder of the period and led 14-4 at the end of the opening period. All of the Lady Knights’ first quarter points were scored by junior Allison Smith. WHS held an 11-to-3 rebounding advantage in the opening stanza.
The Lady Knights defense stepped up in the second period, forcing 12 turnovers which sparked an 8-to-7 run. Winfield led 21-12 at the midway point, while holding a 21-to-10 advantage in the rebounding column. PPHS held a 7-to-15 edge in turnovers but shot just 17.4 percent in the first half.
The Winfield held PPHS without a field goal for the opening 4:30 of the second half while expanding its lead to 13 points. The Lady Generals added one more to their lead and held the 32-18 advantage with eight minutes remaining.
The Lady Knights cut Winfield’s lead to single digits with a minute remaining in the game but they the Lady Generals closed the door from the free throw line and claimed the 41-30 victory.
Point Pleasant was led by Allison Smith with nine points in the game, followed by Andrea Porter, Katie Bruner and Sarah Hussell with six points each. Cassie Nibert marked three points, while Makenzie Thomas had one to round out the PPHS scoring.
The Lady Knights shot 10-of-53 (18.9 percent) from the field and 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from the free throw line. The Red and Black connected on a trio of three-pointers in the game, two by Hussell and one from Nibert.
Point Pleasant committed 19 turnovers in the game while forcing 29, but the Lady Generals held a 40-to-29 advantage on the glass.
Haeley Moore led the Greena and White with 15 points, followed by Haylea Roberson with 10 and Mara Rhoades with seven. Morgan Eggleton marked five points, while Chelsea Kirby added two points, rounding out the WHS scoring.
The Lady Generals shot 14-of-43 (32.6 percent) from the field and 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the line in the triumph. Roberson accounted for a pair of WHS triples, while Rhoades had the other.
Winfield will host St. Albans in the sectional final Friday night at 7:30.
This marks the final game for Point Pleasant seniors Andrea Porter, Sarah Hussell, Katie Bruner, Emily Kitchen and Makenzie Thomas.