POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Enough defense to go around.
The Point Pleasant girls basketball team held visiting Parkersburg to just 29 points Tuesday night. The only problem for the Lady Knights was they could only muster 25 points, as they lost on their home floor.
After a long drought to start the game Point Pleasant (3-9) got on the board first at the 3:37 mark. The Big Reds (5-6) went on an 8-to-2 run to end the opening stanza with a four-point advantage.
PHS began the second period with a 9-0 run, extending its lead to 13 points. PPHS didn’t score in the first 6:30 of the second quarter but closed the half with a 5-0 spurt, which cut the Big Reds lead to 17-9.
The defenses kept control after the half, as each team scored just five points in the third period and Parkersburg held the 22-14 lead with eight minutes remaining.
The Lady Knights had their best offensive quarter of the night in the fourth, scoring 11 points, but it wasn’t enough as Parkersburg held on for the 29-25 victory.
Andrea Porter led the Point Pleasant scoring attack with nine points on the night, followed by Katie Bruner with six. Sarah Hussell and Mackenzie Thomas each finished with three points, while Allison Smith and Cassie Nibert each had two.
Smith led the Lady Knights with eight rebounds while Porter finished with six. PPHS was 9-of-48 (18.8 percent) from the field including just 2-of-28 (7.1 percent) from three-point range. Hussell and Thomas each made one three-pointer for the Lady Knights. Point Pleasant shot 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line.
Imani Ward was the only player to reach double-digits in scoring, posting 12 points for the Big Reds. Kennedy Walker chipped in with six points, while Haley Ackerman and Megan Morrison each added four points. Rachel Slone with two points and Brooke Kurucz with one rounded out the PHS scoring. Ackerman hit the lone three for the Parkersburg.
The Big Reds shot just 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the charity stripe on the night. PHS held a 13-to-18 advantage in the turnover column.
The Big Reds are coming off of a 72-25 victory over Shady Spring making this their second consecutive triumph and the second straight game their defense has held an opponent to 25 points. PPHS, who defeated Hurricane 55-29 on Saturday has now held its opponent to 29 points two games in a row. Point Pleasant’s fourth period is the only time all night a team scored double digits in a quarter.
The Lady Knights will have one more crack at the Big Reds this season, on February 4th in Wood County.