Charleston, W. Va. — Tolsia ( 6-6 ) opened up the Girls West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament with a 70-56 neutral site victory over Tygarts Valley ( 4-8 ) at George Washington High School Saturday afternoon.
After a slow first half were the Lady Rebels led 30-29 they picked up the pace in third quarter and exploded for 29 points and outscored the Lady Bulldogs by 12 points to lead 59-46 heading to the final stanza.
In the fourth the two team went back and forth in a low scoring quarter with the Lady Rebels winning the period 11-10 to close out the victory.
Katie Marcum led three Lady Rebels in double figures with 17 points, Autumn Block finished with 12 points, 9 assists and 9 steals, Katelyn Kelly tallied 12 points and 12 assists, Selena Browning 8 points, Kylea Pollinger 7 points, Jace Litton and Julie Boone 4 points each, Trinity Muncy, Elizabeth Johnson and Kerigan Salmons 2 points each.
Tolsia hit 1 three pointer, went 9-15 from the line and had 26 assists as a team.
Grace Christian 63 Tolsia 59 OT ( Friday )
In an absolute barnburner the Lady Soldiers outlasted the foul prone Lady Rebels to pick up the home victory.
Autumn Block led the Lady Rebels with 18 points, Julie Boone tallied 9 points, Katelyn Kelly and Kylea Pollinger scored 8 points each, Selena Browning and Katie Marcum 7 points each and Kerigan Salmons 2 points.
THS hit 7 three pointers and went 4 of 7 from the line.
The Lady Rebels will return to action on Wednesday at Chesapeake ( Ohio ) before hosting Cross Lanes Christian for Senior night in a Boy/Girl Doubleheader Friday night Girls will play at 7:30. On Saturday they will play another HIT contest against #1 seed Greenbrier West at 2:30/4:00 at Rebel Arena.
Tolsia Head Coach Ric Morrone
“… Proud of a great effort Friday night . We battled back from 12 down in second half. Had a chance to win the game in regulation, showed a lot of heart from our girls against a very good team.”
“…Saturday a great bounce back win against a good Tygarts Valley team. Contributions from everyone several in double figures. Good experience with a tough back to back for our team this weekend and big week coming up with three good opponents.”