Making history has become a common theme this season for the Summers County Bobcats and with their state championship victory on Saturday they became the first girl’s basketball team in West Virginia history to win five consecutive state championships. Summers County defeated Scott, 86-41, in the Class AA State Championship game for the second season in-a-row.
It was a tough first quarter for the Bobcats and the game was tied up at 13-13 at the end of the quarter. Both Hanna and Hallie Gunnoe were in foul trouble during that time and the high-powered Summers County offense had a little trouble getting started.
So after the first quarter things began to heat up for the Bobcats and junior Candace Brown was the reason why. She recorded a double-double with 27 points and 10 steals.
Makenzie White of Scott led all scorers with 32 points and she played on a bad ankle.
A very proud Wayne Ryan said in his post game press conference that it was hard to find words to tell everyone how he feels about this accomplishment.
"This is a special group of kids," said the Summers County head coach. "This is a special day for this program to have this accomplishment. If you think about the things involved with what they’ve done to win 96 games in-a-row and five consecutive state championships I’m not sure I have words to describe it."
Summers County seniors Hallie and Hanna Gunnoe, Leslie Mack and Kelsie Lively end their high school careers with four state championships and this win marks the 96 consecutive win for the program. This is the school’s ninth state championship in girl’s basketball.