WEIRTON—The Grafton High School girls basketball team made the long trek to Weirton over the weekend, to do battle with the Weir Red Riders.
The girls played with great energy, and came away with their first win of the year. The final score had Grafton winning, 53—35.
The Lady Bearcats dominated the first half, outscoring the Red Riders 25—16. In the second half, the Lady Cats were once again nine points better than Weir, winning the second half 28—19.
Bronlie Jacobs led the Bearcats with 21 points, while Ally Peters added 19, of her own.
The remaining girls in the scoring column were Brooklyn Teeple (1), Tiffany Bolyard (3), Bailey Toothman (7) and Megan Kisner (2).
“It was great to get the monkey off the back and grab our first win,” said coach Andrew Moore.
“The girls have really played the last three games with great energy. Our guard play has been strong with Bronlie Jacobs and Ally Peters, but we are getting nice contributions from our role players, especially Hannah Taylor and Brooklyn Teeple. They are grabbing a lot of rebounds for us and doing the dirty work, down low.”
Moore went to to say that Tiffany Bolyard is stepping up in her role, and providing the team with great energy on the defensive end.
“Freshmen Bailey Toothman and Megan Kisner are both starting to see big roles, and helping fill in the rotation,” he added.
Earlier in the week, the Bearcats took on the Elkins Tigers. The Tigers used a strong second half to defeat Grafton 45—35.
Ally Peters accounted for most of the Bearcat points, putting up 22, againts the Tigers.
The remaining points came from Brooklyn Teeple (3), Bronlie Jacobs (4), Bailey Toothman (2) and Hannah Taylor (4).
The Bearcats also faced the Preston County Knights last week. The Cats saw seven girls in the scoring column, but still could not claim a win, falling to Preston 74—37.
Peters once again led the Bearcats, with 13 points, followed by Jacobs, with 7.
The other Lady Cat points came from Kisner (2), Teeple (6), Bolyard (3), Taylor (5) and Jocelyn Countryman (1).
The Junor Varsity girls won two out of three games this past week, outscoring teams from both Elkins and Weir.
“This was the first time we have swept games in two years, so it’s nice to see the JV kids have success, as they work really hard in practice and during the games,” said Moore.
The Bearcats are back in action tonight, as they host the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears at 5:30 p.m.
Then, the Lady Cats travel to North Marion on Friday night, to close out a busy week.