Prep girls basketball: Catholic defeats Irish

PARKERSBURG – She might not leap tall buildings with a single bound, but Parkersburg Catholic’s Leah Hughes can do some amazing things on the basketball court.

The senior tallied a game-high 18 points and contributed six rebounds, three assists and six steals to lead the No. 6 Crusaderettes to a 49-31 victory over Charleston Catholic in a match up of Class A powers on ‘Super Heroes Night’ at the Parkersburg Catholic gymnasium.

“When Leah (Hughes) plays the kind of basketball that she is capable of playing, there are very few girls that are much better,” PC head coach Marty Vierheller said. “But, she would also be the first to tell you that she wouldn’t be the player that she is without the help of her teammates.”

And, Hughes had plenty of help as senior Maddie Roedersheimer chipped in with 11 points and led the team with six assists while sophomore Alex Schaffer and junior Ellen Roedersheimer combined for 14 points.

“We expected them (Charleston Catholic) to come in here and play hard,” continued Vierheller. “We played really well in the first quarter, but kind of let up a little in the second and they made us pay for it.”

Schaffer, who finished with a game-high nine rebounds, got things rolling for the Columbia blue and white with back-to-back buckets and the elder Roedersheimer closed out the 6-0 run to open the game by the hosts with a steal for a layup with 5:46 showing on the clock.

The Irish’s Christina O’Dell finally broke the scoring drought for the visitors with an inside bucket 20 seconds later. However, Parkersburg Catholic proceeded to tally 12 of the final 15 points of the period to take a 13-point, 18-5, lead to the benches.

A rebound bucket by Schaffer to open the second quarter upped that margin to 15, but would also be the final points scored by the hosts for the next six minutes of action as a pair of buckets by Samantha Fletcher, who finished with a team-high 13 points, ignited a 9-0 run by the green and white that sliced the PC advantage to six, 20-14, with 2:25 left in the first half of action.

The two teams traded buckets over the next two minutes before a Maddie Roedersheimer deuce with 16 ticks left in the quarter ended the first half scoring and gave the hosts an 8-point, 24-16, lead at the intermission.

Hughes, a returning first team Class A all-state performer, took over after the half, scoring eight of her game-high points in the third quarter as the Crusaderettes increased their lead to 11 points, 36-25, with eight minutes remaining to be played.

A triple by Fletcher would bring the Irish back to within 10, 39-29, with 4:40 left to be played. But, that would be as close as they would get as the hosts would close out the contest on a 10-2 run.

Parkersburg Catholic, now 7-4 overall, returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Morgantown Trinity for a 1 p.m. game.