By Gary Dove
WN Sports Writer
CHARLESTON – The Wyoming East Lady Warriors dominated Parkersburg Catholic’s Crusaderettes Saturday afternoon to claim the Class AA girls’ state basketball championship 61-50.
The Lady Warriors never trailed in the title tilt, claiming the second state crown for the girls in the last six seasons after East won the 2016 title.
The loss was the first of the season for PC, after 18 straight wins on the campaign, and snappeda 44 game winning streak by the Crusaderettes.
Wyoming East concludes its year 11-2.
As she has done most of the last two seasons, senior All-State guard Sky Davidson led East in scoring with 23 points. Juniors Hannah Blankenship and Daisha Summers followed with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Davidson added 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists, while Blankenship hauled down 10 rebounds and Summers corralled 8.
Davidson, Blankenship and freshman Abby Russell were named to the eight player All-Tournament team from the Lady Warriors.
Wyoming East opened the game by scoring 11 of the initial 13 points.
While PC showed the ability to stay in the game, closing the gap several times, the Lady Warriors also deserved praise for meeting the challenge each time to maintain the lead.
Just as it had been in East’s two previous state tourney wins over Mingo Central and Petersburg, defense
set the tone for the Lady Warriors’ decisive style of play.
Juniors Leslie Huffman and Madison Ross led the Crusaderettes with 14 points apiece, while senior
Aaliyah Brunny tossed in 11.
Huffman and Brunny represented Parkersburg Catholic on the All-Tournament squad.