Morgantown beats Parkersburg South 46-39

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Olivia Seggie scored 14 points and Morgantown took advantage of an early game-ending injury to Parkersburg South leading scorer Keya Bartlett to upset the defending champion Patriots 46-39 for the girls Class AAA championship Saturday night.

Sixth-seeded Morgantown (18-8) earned the fifth state title in school history and its first since 2007. The Mohigans also avenged three losses to Parkersburg South earlier this year and ended the Patriots’ perfect season.

Bartlett sustained a severe cut to the head when she collided with Morgantown’s Maria Williams going after a loose ball in the first quarter. She didn’t return.

Taryn McCutcheon scored 16 points for top-seeded Parkersburg South (25-1). The Patriots led 28-24 at halftime but were limited to 11 points in the second half.

Brie Giuliani added 10 points for Morgantown.

Trailing at halftime, Morgantown’s Rachel Laskody capped a 12-2 run with a basket off a rebound to give the Mohigans a 36-30 lead with 2:17 left in the third quarter.

McCutcheon brought Parkersburg South back with a layup and a free throw to trim the deficit to 36-35 with 7:04 left in the game, but the Patriots never retook the lead.

Midway through the first quarter, Bartlett, a junior, lay on the court for several minutes as medical personnel attended to her. She was taken to the bench for additional observation before leaving the court. She remained on the bench after halftime.

The loss of Bartlett, who averaged 18.5 points in Parkersburg South’s two previous tournament games, was huge, although Parkersburg South was able to keep the momentum for most of the first half.

It was up to a sophomore-dominated lineup to carry on for the Patriots.

Sophomore Laken Valentine, who went 0-for-4 from the floor in a quarterfinal win over Hamphire and didn’t play in the semifinals against Martinsburg, made a layup to start the fourth quarter, and junior Katelyn Enoch scored her only basket of the game with 1:30 left to bring Parkersburg South within 42-39.

But the Patriots didn’t score again. Laskody and Seggie each sank a pair of free throws for the final margin.

The game started with Parkersburg South in full control. McCutcheon scored eight points in the first quarter to put the Patriots ahead by eight before Morgantown came roaring back.

Sammie Parks started and finished a 12-2 run with 3-pointers - her only field goals of the game - that put the Mohigans ahead 23-21 midway through the second quarter.

Parkersburg South regained the lead entering the second half but made just two field goals in the third quarter. McCutcheon, who went 6-of-17 from the floor, was limited to three points in the second half.

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