Hannan rolls past Lady Falcons, 54-37
Bryan Walters email@example.com
MASON, W.Va. — So much for gracious guests.
The Hannan girls basketball team spoiled Senior Night festivities and remained the only Mason County program to win a game in the regular season Thursday night following a 54-37 decision over host Wahama in a non-conference matchup at WHS.
The Lady Cats (2-16) never trailed in the contest, as the guests jumped out to an 11-7 lead after eight minutes and never looked back. Sierra Carmichael capped a 5-2 run with a basket at the 5:33 mark of the second, allowing the Lady Falcons (0-22) to close to within a point at 13-12.
The hosts, however, were never closer the rest of the way, as HHS closed the final 4:52 of the half on a 14-9 surge to secure a 27-21 lead at the intermission.
Hannan started the second half with a 7-4 run to claim its biggest lead of the third period, as Chelsea Meadows drilled a trifecta at the 3:07 mark for a 34-25 cushion. WHS closed the canto with a small 5-4 spurt, making it a 38-30 contest headed into the finale.
The Lady Cats took their first double-digit lead of the night with 6:16 left in regulation, as Anna Taylor netted a basket for a 40-30 edge. Bunni Peters followed with a three-pointer at the 5:23 mark to make it a 40-33 contest, but the hosts were never closer.
Hannan closed regulation with a 14-4 charge to wrap up the 17-point outcome, its largest lead of the entire game. HHS — which defeated OVCS on Jan. 18 by a 44-40 count at home — picked up its first road triumph of the 2013-14 campaign.
Both teams were tied at two less than three minutes into regulation, but Heather Ellis netted a jumper at the 4:18 mark for a permanent lead at 4-2. Wahama twice pulled back to within a point, and the Lady Cats twice led by as many as four in the opening period.
HHS outrebounded the Lady Falcons by a 47-39 overall margin, including a 20-14 edge on the offensive glass. Wahama committed 17 turnovers in the contest, compared to 13 giveaways by the victors.
Hannan connected on 12-of-56 field goal attempts for 21 percent, which included a 6-of-27 effort from three-point range for 22 percent. The guests were also 24-of-43 at the free throw line for 56 percent.
Chelsea Meadows led the Blue and White with a game-high 25 points, which included four trifectas and a 9-of-13 effort at the charity stripe. Heather Ellis was next with nine points, while Tamara Wilson and Pam Black chipped in seven markers apiece.
Anna Taylor — who missed most of three quarters with three personal fouls — rounded out the winning tally with six points.
Wahama made 14-of-52 shot attempts for 27 percent, which included a 1-of-8 effort from behind the arc for 13 percent. The hosts were also 8-of-21 at the charity stripe for 38 percent.
Sierra Carmichael paced WHS with 22 points, followed by Bunni Peters with seven points and Olivia Hill with six markers. Nena Hunt rounded out the scoring with two points.
Carmichael and Peters — the lone Wahama seniors — were honored before the game for their collective years with the program.
These two teams will square off in a rematch at 7 p.m. Monday night in a Class A sectional contest at Wahama High School.
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