GRAFTON—Coming off of a disappointing 51-45 loss to Buckhannon-Upshur on January 9th in which the Grafton High School girls’ basketball team held the lead at the end of every period except the last one, the Lady Cats looked to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday with an away contest at Bridgeport.
In the JV matchup, the Lady Cats’ Izzy Swiger and Eva Jones led the way with eight points each in Grafton’s 32-22 win over the Lady Indians. Leah Jackson and Sydney Friend also scored six points, while Amber Smith chipped in three.
In the varsity contest, the Lady Bearcats had rough night, losing by the score of 47-23 after falling behind 31-17 at the half. Bailey Toothman and Meredith Maier led the way for Grafton with five points each, followed by Bria Jacobs (4), Fred Maloley (2), Mia Chambers (2), Jocelyn Countryman (2), Megan Kisner (2), and Madie Summers (1).
Assistant Coach Kurtis Davis, who was filling in for head coach Andrew Moore due to Moore’s two-game suspension as a result of a double-technical assessed during the Buckhannon game, said it wasn’t just one thing that led to Bridgeport’s win that night, but handful of miscues and bad decisions.
“Their pressure had us making some early mistakes and I should have called a timeout sooner to regroup because of it, but what really hurt us was allowing Bridgeport too many second-chance shots and having a really bad night shooting,” said Davis. “The girls were getting the ball into the paint and putting it up, but nothing was falling for us.”
That loss would send the Lady Cats into Thursday night’s Lewis County game with a 5-3 record after starting off the season 5-0.
But before the varsity showdown against the Minutemen, the JV’s would begin the evening with an entertaining contest in which the Lady Bearcats would win by the score of 33-31. Sydney Friend would lead the way with 14 points as Grafton erased a 22-18 halftime deficit with a big fourth quarter, while holding Lewis County to five points in the final period. Also scoring for Grafton were Eva Jones (6), Izzy Swiger (3), Taylor Minard (3), Amber Smith (3), and Leah Jackson (2). Lewis County was led by Emma Post’s 10 points.
In the varsity matchup, the Lady Cats would storm out to a 12-3 lead after one period of play to take a 29-14 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Cats would continue their strong play in the second half to take the 37-33 victory.
Sophomore Meredith Maier dominated on both sides of the ball for Grafton as she scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the contest. She was followed by junior Bria Jacobs, who scored all of her eight points in the second half. Megan Kisner (4), Alyssa Satterfield (2), Madie Summers (2), and Bailey Toothman (2) rounded out the scoring for Grafton.
The Lady Cats (6-3) will have five days off from competitive play before they are back in action again. They are scheduled to host the Elkins Tigers on Tuesday, January 21st at Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium at GHS. The JV contest is scheduled to begin at 5:45pm while the varsity game will tip off at 7:30pm.