ASHTON, W.Va. — It was pretty competitive. It just wasn’t pretty.
In a game that featured 141 shot attempts, 106 rebounds, 57 free throws, 54 fouls and 52 turnovers, it was visiting Van that made the most of things down the stretch Friday night during a 45-39 victory over the Hannan girls basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Lady Cats (0-9) and Lady Bulldogs (2-4) battled through three ties and 12 lead changes throughout the course of regulation, but Van never trailed in the final 13:17 of the game — as the guests battled to secure a slim 31-30 edge headed into the finale.
HHS rallied to tie things up at 35-all after Cheslea Meadows nailed a trifecta with 6:22 left, but the Lady Bulldogs reclaimed the lead permanently 15 seconds later when Destiny Lovejoy made 1-of-2 free throws — giving VHS a 36-35 lead.
Van stretched its lead out to 42-37 with three minutes left, and the hosts never came closer than a possession (42-39) with 2:04 remaining. The guests scored the final three points of the game to secure the largest lead of the night for either squad.
Both teams led by four points in the opening period, which ended up being an 11-10 edge in favor of Hannan. Van responded with a 10-9 run to knot things up at 20-all at the break, then went on a small 11-10 run to secure its one-point lead headed into the finale.
Hannan’s last lead came at the 6:01 mark of the third period after Meadows nailed a three-pointer for a 25-24 edge. Baylee Farmer responded with a basket with 5:17 left, and the guests never trailed again.
The Lady Cats outrebounded Van by a sizable 59-47 overall margin, including a 19-17 edge on the offensive glass. The hosts also committed 36 turnovers in the setback, compared to just 16 by VHS.
HHS connected on 14-of-66 shot attempts for 21 percent, including a 3-of-14 effort from three-point range for 21 percent. The hosts were also 8-of-19 at the free throw line for 42 percent.
Anna Taylor led Hannan with game-highs of 16 points and 19 rebounds, followed by Chelsea Meadows with 15 points and Clarissa Crank with three markers. Pam Black was next with two points, while Tamara Wilson, Heather Ellis and Dalaina McLaughlin rounded things out with one marker apiece.
Van made 16-of-75 field goal attempts overall for 21 percent, which included a 1-of-14 effort from behind the arc. The guests were also 12-of-38 from the charity stripe for 32 percent.
Stevie White led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, followed by Destiny Lovejoy and Baylee Farmer with 11 markers each. Shayla White and Angel Wilson also contributed four and two points, respectively, to the winning cause.