Luke Eddy found a cutting Dominik King for a layup in overtime Wednesday evening and George Washington never trailed again, settling for a 53-48 boys basketball victory over Parkersburg South at the Civic Center.GW (15-4), ranked No. 10 in Class AAA, scored the first seven points of OT against No. 5 South (16-4), which is also nicknamed the Patriots.After King's layup, South turned the ball over with 2:32 left and GW whittled the time down to 49 seconds before Eddy was fouled. He made one free throw for a 49-46 lead and South's Wes Mitchem barely missed a 3-pointer at the other end.GW's Chris Kay sank four clutch free throws in the final 22 seconds to bump the lead to 53-46.
"I think this has been a team where it seems like we do some of the silliest things,'' said GW coach Rick Greene, "but then coming down the stretch today we made some pretty good decisions."We've talked all year about 'Luke, Luke, Luke,' but tonight some of our other kids really made some plays. Now, no one got 25, but a couple of times kids made some nice passes and nice plays to help us score a little bit.''Eddy paced GW with 16 points, and Austin Breeden (13) and King (10) also hit double figures in points. Mitchem led South with 17 points and Tyler Bolen added 10."We had our chances,'' said South coach Mike Fallon. "I'm proud of my kids because we had a hard-fought game last night and we came down and played, and they played their butts off. We got down six or seven and we could have kind of packed it in, but we fought back and gave ourselves chances. If we make our layups in that game, I think we win big. It's just one of those things. We didn't finish close - we just didn't.''South's Bolen made the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2:29 left in regulation to tie it at 46, and GW held for about 45 seconds before Eddy missed a jumper. South then milked the last minute off the clock before a cutting Logan Cox couldn't get a shot to drop under the basket in the final seconds."When we held the ball [in OT], we weren't just holding it,'' Greene said. "We were waiting for something. We felt like we couldn't get into South's kids and attack them because they're so big and strong - and our kids weren't forcing it. So they forced us into is as much as we couldn't attack them. But still you've got Luke out there and he would go get it when it got a little shaky [holding the ball].'' SC 80, SPRING VALLEY 61: Hunter Moles paced five players in double-figure scoring with 14 points as host South Charleston rolled to its 40th straight victory in an MSAC game.
Also for the Class AAA No. 1 Black Eagles, Rashaud Kincaid and Tre Clark had 12 points each and Devyn Harris and Trevond Reese scored 11 points apiece. For the Timberwolves (6-14), Greg Herbert tallied 19 points and Austin Keyser 17. Leading scorer Jacob Kilgore didn't play because of an injury. VALLEY 81, FAYETTEVILLE 33: Raeshawn Breckenridge scored 14 points to lead visiting the visiting Greyhounds (13-6). Arik McGinnis added 12, Henry Barron 11, Keyshawn Payne 10 and Zac Warden 10 for Valley.
For Fayetteville (5-14), Zach Semple scored 17 points. WYO. EAST 85, INDEPENDENCE 42: Brett Bowling scored a game-high 21 points to lead Wyoming East to the win.
For visiting Independence (4-14), Shane Greco led the team with 10 points. WINFIELD 61, LOGAN 42: Zach Fisher scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds while teammate Chris Turner scored 12 and had eight boards as Winfield (12-8) won at the "Shootout at the Big House" at the Charleston Civic Center.
John Bellomy led the Generals with 18 points. For Logan (6-12), A.J. Reynolds had 14 points. LIBERTY 47, SISSONVILLE 46: Levi Cook, a 6-foot-10, 300-pound sophomore who's committed to WVU, dropped in 27 points to pace Liberty Raleigh to a win during the "Shootout at the Big House'' at the Civic Center.
Austin Lyons added a dozen points for the Raiders, who trailed 37-34 after three quarters. For the Indians (7-13), Zach Null had 22 points and Trent Stowers 10. Null missed a corner jumper at the final buzzer off an inbound pass with 2.1 seconds left.Tuesday's game RIVERSIDE 59, GREATER BECKLEY 45: Tyus Wood dropped in 18 points to pace the host Warriors (8-13) to victory. Marcus Reed and Tamar Lawson each netted 13 points for Riverside, which led by 11 after one quarter. Keith Mullins headed Class A No. 7 Greater Beckley Christian (10-3) with 21 points.
Girls basketball BUFFALO 80, PADEN CITY 43: Paige Roush scored 22 points and Chelsey Parkins finished with 20 points as Buffalo (17-4) beat Paden City in the championship game of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational at St. Marys.
Taylor Cosper led Paden City (9-13) with 10 points. GREENBRIER EAST 72, MAN 37: Greenbrier East outscored the visiting Hillbillies 45-18 in the second and third quarters combined.
Bianca Andre' totaled 17 points for the AAA No. 1 Spartans (19-0) and Maddee Carroll snagged 10 rebounds. Mika McCoy scored 14 points for Class A Man (13-7), while Summer Sword turned in 10 points and 11 rebounds. PARK. SOUTH 58, ST. CLAIRSVILLE 46: Kia Bartlett scored 26 points to lead Parkersburg South to the win at St. Clairsville (Ohio).
Taryn McCutchon finished with 18 points for the Patriots (14-6), while Carlee Gillespie led St. Clairsville (9-10) with 12 points. ST. ALBANS 52, HURRICANE 47: Breanna Propst scored 19 points and Torri Wilson added 16 as St. Albans (11-10) prevailed at Hurricane.
For the Redskins (5-16), Abby Watson led all scorers with 28 points. PIKEVIEW 58, SHADY SPRING 28: Lindsay Hatfield scored 18 points and Hope Nester added 16 as PikeView (10-10) rolled against visiting Shady Spring.
For the Tigers (6-13), Kaylee Dickenson had 16 points. WESTSIDE 91, SUMMERS 51: Hope Lester scored 35 points while Danielle Brown finished with 15 points and Faith Davis chipped in 13 points as visiting Westside (19-1) breezed past Summers County.
For the Bobcats (14-7), Avery Pivont scored 19 points. SISSONVILLE 52, HOOVER 46: Madison Jones finished with 22 points to help lead Sissonville (15-6) to the win at Herbert Hoover.
For the Huskies (11-10), Bailey Aab registered a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds while Bethany Romine scored 11. GW 68, CAPITAL 63: George Washington outscored the host Cougars 10-5 in overtime.
Alanna Mobayed sank a 3 with 10 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period. Kelli Jo Harrison notched a game-high 25 points for the AAA No. 8 Patriots (14-7) while Rachel Ward added 23 and Mobayed 13.Keke Walker poured in 20 points for the Cougars (8-11) and Khadijah Lee had 14.