ASHTON, W.Va. — Streaks continued.
The Wahama girls basketball team dropped its 56th consecutive decision while host Hannan picked up its fifth straight victory over the Lady Falcons Wednesday night following a 57-42 outcome in a non-conference matchup of Mason County programs.
The visiting Lady Falcons (0-12) had three players reach double figures and show signs of fight early on, but junior Madison Staggs scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the first half — which allowed the Lady Cats (4-8) to secure a comfortable 31-20 cushion at the break.
WHS closed to within 38-30 following a trifecta Lauren Bissell at the 2:28 mark of the third, but the Blue and White ended the period with an 8-0 run to secure a 46-30 advantage.
HHS took its largest lead of the night at 55-36 following a pair of free throws by Anna Taylor with 2:33 left in regulation, but the Red and White closed the final moments with a 6-2 spurt to wrap up the 15-point outcome.
The Lady Cats had eight different players score in the triumph while also going just 12-of-24 at the free throw line for 50 percent. The hosts, however, were 7-of-10 at the charity stripe during the final eight minutes of regulation.
It’s always satisfying to win a game against a county rival, but fourth-year HHS coach Kellie Thomas was more upbeat afterwards about the way all of her troops contributed to this victory.
“I really thought that we played great team ball, particularly in the second half,” Thomas said. “It was nice to see the girls looking for the open player or making the extra pass instead of just throwing up a bad shot. Each of the girls contributed to this win on both ends of the court … and that is what makes this one so special.”
Conversely, it wasn’t an all-bad evening for first-year WHS coach John Arnott. His troops posted their second-highest offensive output of the year while staying competitive for the better part of three quarters.
“We keep getting better every game. We put 42 on the board tonight, which is pretty good for us,” Arnott said. “The girls keep playing hard through all of this stuff with the streak, and I still think that that we will end this losing streak this season. These girls are determined to do that.”
Destiny Ingels and Olivia Hill combined for all 10 of Wahama’s first quarter points, but Staggs netted eight points as Hannan claimed a slim 11-10 edge after eight minutes of play. Staggs also scored 10 second period markers as part of a 20-10 run, allowing the hosts to take an 11-point cushion into the break.
Crank followed Staggs with nine points, while Taylor and Lindsey Holley respectively chipped in eight and six markers. Maggie Waugh was next with four points and Pamela Ochs chipped in three markers. Cassidy Duffer and Josie McCoy rounded out the winning tally with two points apiece.
Hill paced the guests with 13 points, followed by Maddie VanMatre with 12 points and Ingels with 10 markers. Bissell was next with three points, while Nena Hunt and Molly Fisher rounded out the WHS tally with two markers each. Wahama was 9-of-20 at the free throw line for 45 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.