POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Lady Knights felt the early season growing pains.
The Point Pleasant girls basketball team fell to visiting Cabell Midland 68-28 in the Lady Knights season-opener on Tuesday night in Mason County.
The Lady Scarlet Knights (1-0) were in control for the entire contest, but the Lady Knights (0-1) put up a good fight.
Faith Craddock’s four points got the visitors out to an early lead in the first quarter. Point Pleasant didn’t get on the scoreboard until Peyton Campbell hit a free throw with 4:47 left in the first period. Craddock and Summer Stephenson hit back-to-back baskets to put the Lady Scarlet Knights up 10-1.
Campbell and Michaela Cottrill netted back-to-back baskets to keep the Lady Knights in the contest. Skylar Woodall netted three points for the home team with 30 seconds left, but Cabell Midland led 19-7 after the first quarter.
The Lady Scarlet Knights began the second period on a 7-0 run, until Campbell gave Point its first points of the period at the 5:34 mark. Cabell Midland proceeded to go on a 8-0 run to go up 32-9 with 43 seconds left in the half. Cottrill hit a shot from beyond the arc with 36 seconds for the home team, but the Lady Scarlet Knights led 35-12 at halftime.
Point Pleasant struggled on both sides of the ball in the first half as Cabell Midland out-shot the home team 3-1 in field goals, but the Lady Scarlet Knights only had three more rebounds than Point.
Haley Haggerty started the second half off with back-to-back three point shots for Cabell Midland. Campbell kickstarted the Point offense with four points during the sixth minute of the third quarter. Cottrill hit a three-point shot at the 4:46 mark for Point Pleasant. After Cabell Midland went on a 7-0 run, Campbell hit another three with 2:35 left in the third period. The Lady Scarlet Knights led 56-23 after three quarters of play.
Campbell scored Point’s first points of the fourth quarter on a shot from beyond the arc with 6:50 left in the game. MacKenzie Dilon’s seven points gave the visitors a 64-26 lead with 3:29 left in the fourth quarter. Cottrill netted Point’s final basket of the game with 3:15 left.
Cabell Midland was 30-of-56 shooting from the field, while Point Pleasant went 10-of-35 shooting. PPHS turned the ball over 13 times in the contest, while Cabell Midland six turnovers. Both teams finished with 29 rebounds, but Point had one more offensive rebound than the Lady Scarlet Knights with 12.
Campbell led the Lady Knights with a team-high 13 points — including three baskets from beyond the arc — followed by Cottrill with 12 points and Woodall with three points.
“We struggled out there, but it was our first game,” Point Pleasant coach John Fields said. “We’ve already shown an improvement over last year. They’re only going to get better as the season goes on.”
Haggerty led the Lady Scarlet Knights with a game-high 22 points. Craddock finished with 14 points, followed by Morgan Bennett with 13 points. MacKenzie Dilon contributed seven points, while Stephanson and Haley Waugh had six points each for Cabell Midland.
Both of these squads will meet again on Jan. 19 in Ona. The Lady Knights will head on the road to face Nitro on Wednesday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106