POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — No major style points, just a memory for a lifetime.
The Point Pleasant girls basketball team shot only 25 percent from the field while sending seven seniors out in style Tuesday during a wire-to-wire 32-15 Senior Night victory over visiting Hannan in a non-conference matchup of Mason County programs.
Both teams combined for six turnovers and one shot attempt in the opening two minutes of play, but the Lady Knights (3-19) gradually warmed up from there after hitting 6-of-11 field goal tries en route to building a 14-0 advantage with just under a minute left in the opening period.
The Lady Cats (3-17) — who missed their first 13 shot attempts of regulation — finally broke into the scoring column after a Josie Cooper basket with 31 seconds left made it a 14-2 contest through eight minutes of work.
Hannan went the next eight minutes without scoring a basket and also committed more turnovers (9) in the second frame than shots attempted (7), yet somehow strung together free throws to outscore the hosts 5-4 over that span while also trimming the deficit down to 18-7 at the break.
The Blue and White, however, were never closer the rest of the way as the guests mustered only one field goal as well in the second half while also committing 19 turnovers down the stretch.
The Lady Cats also missed their last 11 shots of regulation and also missed 20 consecutive attempts in between Cooper’s first quarter bucket and Cooper’s final basket, which came at the 3:16 mark of the third canto.
Point Pleasant made an 8-2 run during that opening frame of the second half to secure a 26-9 lead headed into the finale, then Luiza Da Costa hit a short putback jumper with 5:25 left in regulation to give the Red and Black their largest lead of the game at 28-9.
The Lady Cats closed the final 5:07 on a 6-4 run that ultimately wrapped up the 17-point outcome. The guests were never closer than 15 points in the fourth canto.
Point Pleasant — which picked up its only home triumph of the 2016-17 campaign on Tuesday — also claimed a season sweep of HHS after posting a 54-26 decision in Ashton back on January 27. PPHS snapped its three-game losing skid, while Hannan has now dropped two straight decisions.
All but one of the seven Point seniors participated in the contest … and five of those six players also contributed to the scoring column.
It had been a while since the Lady Knights were victorious on Senior Night, due in large part to the fact that the PPHS girls program hadn’t had any seniors over the last few seasons.
It may not have been the most perfect of regular seasons, but PPHS coach John Fields noted afterwards that it was still a perfect way for his troops to finish things out on their home floor — particularly seniors Aislyn Hayman, Morgan Roush, Isabelle Wagelmans, Luiza Da Costa, Grace Sprouse, Ashlie Flory and Michaela Cottrill.
“These girls have continued to put in the hard work over the years and especially this year. These seniors have put the time in and paid their dues, so it is great to send them off with a win in their final home game,” Fields said. “It’s also a great way to build some momentum for the postseason, but I’m glad that these seniors get to enjoy this feeling tonight … and forever.”
The Lady Knights outrebounded the guests by a 42-37 overall margin, which included a slim 20-19 edge on the offensive glass. The hosts also committed 24 turnovers in the contest, compared to 34 by the Lady Cats.
Point Pleasant connected on 15-of-60 total shot attempts, including a 2-of-18 effort from three-point range for 11 percent. PPHS was also 0-for-11 at the free throw line in the triumph.
Hayman led the Red and Black with a game-high eight points and Roush was next with seven points, followed by Wagelmans and Hannah Smith with four markers apiece.
Sprouse chipped in three points to the winning cause, while Da Costa, Allison Henderson and Lanea Cochran rounded things out with two points each.
Wagelmans hauled in a game-high nine rebounds for PPHS, followed by Roush with seven boards and Hayman with six caroms.
After losing senior Madison Staggs to a season-ending leg injury last week against Fairview, the Lady Cats had put together three solid outings against Rose Hill, Covenant and Ohio Valley Christian. The end result was a 1-2 mark in those trio of contests, but HHS was also an even 126-126 in the scoring column during those tilts.
HHS coach Kellie Thomas was frustrated with her kids producing only two field goals in the game, but she also noted that it was a just a bad night. Not bad enough, however, to take away from what her troops have accomplished over the last few weeks.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of a week, between illness, injuries and a handful of games in a short span of time,” Thomas said. “The girls have really responded well to some adversity and we have been very competitive in our last few contests, but we just didn’t have anything working for us tonight. We played hard and we never quit, so I am proud of them for that.”
The Lady Cats finished the night 2-of-46 from the field for four percent and also went 0-for-9 from three-point range. The guests were also 11-of-24 at the charity stripe for 46 percent.
Cooper paced Hannan with five points, followed by Julie Frazier with four points and Josie McCoy with three markers. Cassidy Duffer and Maggie Waugh completed the visiting tally with two points and one point, respectively.
Cooper grabbed a team-best eight rebounds and Duffer also snagged eight caroms in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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