PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Five Knights scored in double figures as Cabell Midland held off a fourth quarter surge to defeat Parkersburg, 65-56 in the Class AAAA Region IV co-finals.
Cabell Midland (12-3) led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter but a 10-0 Parkersburg run to start the fourth quarter gave the Big Reds a 52-50 lead. The Knights however scored the final 10 points of the game over the final three minutes.
“They got up by one and in that last 2:43, they didn’t score again. We picked up our defense the rest of the way and we made free throws at the end,” said Cabell Midland head coach Matt Adkins.
Autumn Lewis led a balanced Knights attack, scoring 14 points. Jazmyn Wheeler scored a dozen, Sophi Aldridge added 11 and Jayda Allie and KK Potter scored 10 each.
“That is what we have been looking for all year. That’s what we had last year with five in double figures. They have been coming around the last few games so I am really proud of them.”
Cabell Midland returns to the state tournament with the majority of their squad back from the one that fell to University in the quarterfinal round last March. The Knights are the No. 2 seed and will face Jefferson in the quarterfinal round next Thursday at 1 p.m.
“It is a big deal, especially for our lone senior, Autumn. We want another chance at it. I think we have one of the better teams. It just depends on if they come in and play. It is exciting for the kids.”
Brilynn Florence led the Big Reds (10-9) with 18 points. Kisten Roberts added 11 points.