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December 11, 2017


Fort Gay, W. Va. -- Lawrence Co. ( 4-1 ) Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night in the Championship game of the BJM Key Player Shootout 66-37 to a very good George Washington team out of Charleston at Rebel Arena on the campus of Tolsia High school.

Kendra Spaulding shown here vs Tolsia made the All Tournament team along with Lexi Ratliff Kendra Spaulding shown here vs Tolsia made the All Tournament team along with Lexi Ratliff

GW led 20-12 after one period and then outscored the Bulldogs 20-6 in the second period to take a 41-18 lead into halftime and never looked back to win the Championship.

Kendra Spaulding had 18 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, Kelly Davis tallied 8 points, Lexi Ratliff finished with 7 points, Hannah Rucker and Kassidi Cavins scored 2 points each. LC went 3-9 from the line.

LC 12 6 9 10 - 37
GW 20 21 20 5 - 66

Lawrence Co. Senior Kendra Spaulding and Sophomore Lexi Ratliff both made the BJM Key Player Shootout All Tournament team.


In the first game on Saturday afternoon Tolsia and Lawrence Co. squared off in a Junior Varsity game with the Lady Rebels coming away with a 41-36 victory.

Tolsia had 8 girls sent the scorebook with Julie Boone leading the way with 10 points, Jace Litton tallied 7 points, Kenzie Young 6 points, Selena Browning 5 points, Taylor Ball and Trinity Muncy scored 4 points each, Kylea Pollinger had 3 points, Becca Castle 2 points.

Lawrence Co. had 7 girls score led by Brooke Neal with 12 points, Kyleah Ward and Kensley Feltner 6 points each, Ellie Webb 5 points, Bailee Hinkle and Ally Moore 3 points each, Annabelle Silva hit a free throw.


LC 6 4 7 19 - 36
Tolsia 10 8 13 10 - 41

Lady Bulldog Head Coach Melinda Feltner

COACH'S COMMENT

“... George Washington could shoot from any spot on the floor and we were a little bit too slow defensively to do anything with them.”

“... Kendra was the only one athletic enough who could drive on them.”

 

December 11, 2017

Charleston, W. Va. -- Everyone that was in the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday afternoon for the Class A State cheerleading competition knew coming in that Tug Valley and Tolsia were the two teams to beat in the eight team competition and those two did not disappoint.

2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels 

2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels -- Allie Webster, Shelby Jude, Daniel Williams, Isabella Simpkins, Rosie Sturgill, Kendall Tucker, Raygan Meddings, Caitlin Grace, Kirsten Thompson, Madison Wilson, Candace Parsley, Mikayla Chaffin, Lea Blackburn, Racheal Ferguson, Denisha Ratcliff  Coaches Trina Fitzpatrick and Marsha Walker2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels -- Allie Webster, Shelby Jude, Daniel Williams, Isabella Simpkins, Rosie Sturgill, Kendall Tucker, Raygan Meddings, Caitlin Grace, Kirsten Thompson, Madison Wilson, Candace Parsley, Mikayla Chaffin, Lea Blackburn, Racheal Ferguson, Denisha Ratcliff Coaches Trina Fitzpatrick and Marsha Walker

 

Both teams had performances that were worthy of bringing a state championship home to southern West Virginia and the final results were going to be close.

After much deliberation by the five judges the results were in and I’m not sure the fans realized how close, as the Panthers edged the Rebels by the slimmest of margins to win the Class A state cheerleading championship by half a point 314.25 to 313.75 as both squads laid it all on the line of front of a raucous crowd.

 

2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels

 

Tolsia will bring home the Runner Up trophy for the second time in the last three years.

Both teams have a proud tradition for cheerleading as Tug Valley and Tolsia have won many state championships. The fan bases from both teams should be proud.

In Class AAA it was Spring Valley bringing home the crown and Brooke finishing runner up.

In Class AA Robert C. Byrd captured another title with Logan coming in second place.

 

December 9, 2017

Lady Dawgs remain unbeaten with win over Tolsia, Play for BJM Key Player Championship tonight

 20 Kendra Spaulding of Lawrence Co. looking to score against 52 Kayla Jude of Tolsia on Friday night in the BJM Key Player Shootout. 20 Kendra Spaulding of Lawrence Co. looking to score against 52 Kayla Jude of Tolsia on Friday night in the BJM Key Player Shootout.

Fort Gay, W. Va. -- For the first time since 2010 Lawrence Co. and Tolsia met on the hardwood in Girls Basketball and the Lady Bulldogs came away with a 51-35 victory in the BJM Key Player Shootout on Friday night at Rebel Arena.

With the win Lawrence Co. ( 4-0 ) will advance to the Championship game Saturday night at 7:00 to face George Washington out of Charleston who beat Wayne 57-54 in the first game Friday night.

Tolsia ( 0-2 ) led after one quarter 11-8 before Lawrence Co. scored 14 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-17 lead going into halftime.

In the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs stretched the lead out by scoring 16 points and led 38-27 going to the final stanza.

Bulldog Junior Lexi Ratliff with the off balance basket as 15 Julie Boone and 22 Sarah Jude defend. Bulldog Junior Lexi Ratliff with the off balance basket as 15 Julie Boone and 22 Sarah Jude defend.

In the 4th LCHS Senior Kendra Spaulding scored 8 of her game high 19 points including 6-6 from the foul line to help secure the win.


Rebel Freshman Kenzie Young beats the third quarter buzzer against Lawrence Co.Rebel Freshman Kenzie Young beats the third quarter buzzer against Lawrence Co.Bulldog Junior Lexi Ratliff tallied 12 points, Senior Hannah Rucker netted 7 points, 7th Grader Kensley Feltner finished with 5 points, Junior Sheree Hay hit a three pointer for her only points, Sophomore Kassidi Cavins and Junior Chelsey Fields scored 2 points each, Junior Kelly Davis hit a free throw.

LC went 17-21 from the line and hit 4 three pointers on the night.

The Lady Rebels were led by Senior Kayla Jude and Freshman Kenzie Young with 7 points each. Junior Sarah Jude had 6 points, Senior Mariah Finley and Freshman Selena Browning had 4 points each, Freshman Jace Litton had 3 points, Senior Elizabeth Asbury and Sophomore Trinity Muncy had 2 points each. THS hit 2 three pointers and went 7-12 from the line.

Lawrence Co. 8 14 16 13 - 51
Tolsia 11 6 10 8 - 35

Saturday Schedule for the BJM Key Player Shootout at Tolsia High School

1:00 Tolsia vs Lawrence Co. JV game.

3:00 Wayne vs Spring Valley JV game.

5:00 Tolsia vs Wayne Consolation game

7:00 Lawrence Co. vs George Washington Championship game.

 


Tolsia Head Coach Ric Morrone

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... We were Down five points at the half and I thought we played pretty decent, in the second half we had some turnovers and then had to extend our defense a little bit which led to some easy basket. Thought we ran out of gas and they made some plays to extend the lead.”

“... Give Coach Feltner a ton of credit she does a good job with her program and I have the upmost respect for her. They have a nice club. Wore us down in the second half. We have a very young team even though we have five seniors. We don’t have much Varsity experience outside of two kids.”

“... I thought the kids played hard and ran the offense and got some open looks they just didn’t go down. The scoreboard didn’t reflect how we played.”


Bulldog Head Coach Melinda Feltner

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... I want to thank coach Morrone for inviting us to play in a such a great tournament. To honor his Mother is a wonderful thing. Tolsia has a solid team and we are lucky to come out with a win. Our girls didn’t do a very good job playing defense or executing offensively. We have to be more focused when we play GW tonight. Glad we were able to pull out the win. We just have to keep grinding and working to get better everyday.”

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