GRAFTON—On Monday, the Grafton Lady Cats’ varsity basketball team moved to 5-0 on the season with a convincing 54-34 win over the South Harrison Lady Hawks in Lost Creek.
Grafton started off slowly but had the Lady Hawks doubled up by the end of the first quarter, leading by the score of 14-7. The Lady Cats would continue to play well on offense throughout the second quarter while holding South Harrison to just five points for the rest of the half to take a 30-12 lead into the locker room.
“I thought we came out very flat offensively tonight, but it was our first game on the road and we needed to get that first road win,” said Lady Cats head coach Andrew Moore. “Defensively, we had intensity which helped out our transition game.”
Grafton would continue to play solid on both ends of the floor and extend their lead to 22, 45-23, heading into the fourth quarter.
South Harrison would close the gap but only slightly, and the Lady Cats would cruise to a 20-point victory by the score of 54-34.
“We came out in the third quarter and really attacked them on the defensive end which led to a lot of easy points for us,” Moore explained. “We had four players reach double figures tonight in Tori, Bria, Alyssa, and Meredith. Meredith finished the game with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Bailey had a nice game rebounding the ball, finishing with nine rebounds. However, we left a lot of points at the foul line as we only shot 7-of-19 for the game.”
In JV action, the Lady Cats used a stout defensive effort to pull away from the Lady Hawks by the score of 38-14. Sophomore Sydney Friend scored 12 of Grafton’s 38 points, connecting on two three-pointers in the first half. Scoring six points each were Amber Smith, Leah Jackson, Eva Jones, and Kylie Newlon, followed by Izzy Swiger’s two points. The Lady Cats led 12-1 after the first period, 17-6 at the half, and 26-14 after three quarters in their dominant win.
Both teams returned to action last night with an away game at Keyser, but results of that contest were not immediately available.
After the game against South Harrison on Monday, Coach Moore had this to say about his upcoming trip against the Golden Tornado.
“We have a big game coming up on the road Thursday at Keyser that could have some sectional playoff implications. It could determine whether we get some home court advantage later on down the road.”
Results from that game will be reported in Monday’s edition of the Mountain Statesman.