FAIRMONT, W.Va. — PikeView used its superior size to go with an efficient shooting performance that allowed the Panthers to roll by Tucker County 74-36 in Monday’s game at East Fairmont High School.
Six-foot-2 Laken McKinney led all players with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Shilen Bailey, a 6-footer, added 14 points and eight rebounds.
As for the PikeView backcourt, Olivia Boggess scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and made two of the team’s seven 3-pointers.
“We’re shooting the ball a lot better and if we can get the inside-outside going, a lot of teams like to double team us so it makes it a lot harder when guards are hitting and your post is also hitting,” PikeView coach Karen Miller said. “We’re starting to shoot the ball real well and I’m really pleased how we played today offensively and defensively.”
A Riley Evans 3 allowed Tucker County (9-3) to trail 11-10 early, before PikeView (6-7) produced a 5-0 run to end the opening quarter, with field goals from Mckinney and Boggess highlighting the surge.
The Mountain Lions never got any closer, as the Panthers opened the second quarter on an 11-1 run en route to outscoring TCHS 16-6 in the period.
“When they were pressing us we were able to get some easy shots and once we got into the front court we got good looks,” Miller said.
While the Mountain Lions had only five field goals as a team at the intermission, Mckinney had six field goals herself.
Bailey scored half of her 14 points during a third quarter that saw PikeView outscore Tucker County 22-10 to build a 28-point lead ahead of the fourth.
“It makes a big difference when you have two six-footers,” Miller said. “They can get rebounds and get the ball out and on the other end of the floor you can do a high low and a few different things and stuff.”
Cheyanna Graham scored eight of her 10 points for PikeView in the fourth quarter as the Panthers continued to add to their lead. MaKenzee Shrewsbury finished with eight points and six rebounds in the win.
The Panthers shot nearly 54 percent (29-of-54) with Mckinney’s 8-of-11 performance leading the way in addition to Boggess’ performance.
Evans, Mckinley Murphy and Tera Kuhn each scored seven points in defeat. TCHS shot just 22 percent (11-of-50) and was out-rebounded 42-27.