Lady Cats pounce on Wahama, 52-38

Bryan Walters

February 25, 2014

MASON, W.Va. — A coronation of sorts for the new queens of Mason County hoops.

The Hannan girls basketball team claimed its first postseason victory in a decade while also assuring itself of being the only Mason County program with a win this year following a 52-38 decision over host Wahama in a Class A Region IV, Section 2 quarterfinal Monday night at WHS.

The Lady Cats (3-16) picked up their second straight win over the Lady Falcons (0-23) in five days, allowing the guests to earn their first tournament triumph since the 2003-04 campaign — a 42-23 victory over Buffalo on Feb. 23, 2004, at Point Pleasant Middle School.

The win also means that HHS will advance to Wednesday night’s semifinal against five-time defending Class A champion and top-ranked Huntington Saint Joseph. Tipoff of the Class A Region IV, Section 2 semifinal is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Hannan trailed only once in the contest, which came at 3-2 with 5:45 remaining in the opening period. The guests, however, battled back to tie things up at five-all, then Chelsea Meadows hit two free throws at the 1:01 mark to give HHS a permanent lead of 7-5 after one quarter of play.

The Lady Cats started the second canto with a 10-2 spurt to secure their biggest lead of the half at 17-7 with 4:48 remaining, but the Red and White countered with a small 7-5 run to close to within 20-12 at the break.

Wahama kept that momentum going into the early parts of the third canto, as Sierra Carmichael capped a 5-0 run with a bucket at the 6:04 mark — allowing the hosts to pull to within a possession at 20-17. The Lady Falcons, however, were never closer the rest of the way.

Hannan countered with a 21-4 charge over the final 5:32 of the third quarter, allowing the guests to open up a sizable 41-21 advantage headed into the finale.

Meadows drilled a trifecta to start the fourth, giving HHS its largest lead of the night at 44-21 with 7:26 left in regulation. The Lady Falcons closed regulation with a 17-8 surge to get as close as the final 14-point margin of victory.

The Lady Cats — who defeated OVCS at home by a 44-40 at home back on Jan. 30 — also picked up a 54-37 road win at Wahama last Thursday. Besides a home win and a road win, Hannan also picked up a tournament victory and owns a two-game winning streak after Monday night.

Chelsea Meadows led the guests with 19 points, followed by Pam Black with 15 points and Anna Taylor with 14 markers. Heather Ellis and Tamara Wilson also had three points and one point, respectively, for Hannan, which went 10-of-17 at the free throw line for 59 percent.

Sierra Carmichael — a career 1,000-point scorer — paced Wahama with a game-high 31 points, 24 of which came in the second half. Bunni Peters was next with four points, while Faith Henry rounded things out with three markers.

The Lady Falcons — who have now dropped 24 consecutive decisions — went 8-of-14 at the charity stripe for 57 percent. Wahama has also lost 29 straight regular season games and it was the final basketball game for seniors Sierra Carmichael and Bunni Peters in the Red and White.

Both Wahama and Point Pleasant — which dropped a 66-26 decision to Hurricane Monday night in a Class AAA sectional quarterfinal — finished the 2014 campaign with matching 0-23 records.

The last Mason County team to go winless in a season before this winter was Hannan, which occurred when the Lady Cats went 0-21 during the 2008 campaign.

Wahama’s last girls basketball win came against Hannan in a 45-27 decision back on Feb. 18, 2013, in a Class A Region IV, Section 2 quarterfinal at HHS.