Lady Warriors Rally To Win PVC Title
Elkins, West Virginia – Two great teams. Two great leaders. A thrilling, come-from-behind, overtime victory. In a game that met every expectation for a championship game, the Pocahontas County Lady Warriors rallied from behind to win the Potomac Valley Conference crown with a 55-52 victory over a talented and determined Tucker County team. The AMR sports director promised a “humdinger” of a basketball game during the pregame show and the Pocahontas County Lady Warriors delivered just that. The Lady Warriors trailed by as much as 14 points in the third period, but rallied in the fourth to tie the game at 43 with just 1:30 left in the game. Pocahontas took a three-point lead, but the Mountain Lions connected on a clutch field goal and foul shot with under 30 seconds remaining to tie the game at 46 and send it into overtime. In the four-minute overtime period, PCHS jumped out to a six-point lead, but Tucker rallied to shrink the lead to two. With a minute left, PCHS all-stater Chloe Bland got fouled and went 1-1 at the foul line to give PCHS a three-point lead. With 20 seconds remaining, Tucker got another clutch field goal to pull within one. PCHS senior Erin White, who had a tremendous game on defense, drew a foul with 13 seconds left and went 2-2 at the line and Chloe Bland grabbed the rebound following Tucker’s desperation shot on the other end. The Lady Warriors hit an amazing 21 of 25 foul shots in the game, compared to seven out of 10 for Tucker. Bland led the Warriors with 22 points and 16 rebounds. The senior standout also had four steals and five blocked shots. White added 10 for Pocahontas and senior Heather Snead and freshman Tristin Day each posted seven points. Tucker County 6’2″ all-stater Caitlin Maxwell led the Mountain Lions with 15 points.
Check back later for Bruce McKean’s game report. Thanks to Ruth Bland and Toney Minter for an outstanding, exciting game broadcast.