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Sadaya Jones nets 33 points as Morgantown continues state title defense, 59-42 over University

(Photo gallery by Teran Malone)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown only trailed for about 30 seconds in their Class AAAA Region I co-final contest at University. After the lead changed hands in the third quarter, the Mohigans closed the game on a 30-12 run to clinch a spot in next week’s state tournament with a 59-42 win over the Hawks.

The defending state champions used a 9-0 first-quarter run to take a 14-6 lead at the end of the opening frame. MHS also led 22-15 at halftime.

University opened the third quarter on a 15-7 run to take their lone lead of the game, 30-29, on a three-pointer from Hannah Stemple. The Mohigans answered with a 15-0 run between the third and fourth quarters to take a double-digit lead that grew larger throughout the final frame.

“The progression of our season came through at that point in time,” said Morgantown head coach Doug Goodwin. “They just maintained their composure and their cool and they were able to build off it.”

Morgantown junior Sadaya Jones led all scorers with 33 points. She scored nine points in the opening quarter and a personal 6-0 run in the fourth quarter helped put the game out of reach.

“Sadaya is always capable of that type of performance for us. She played really patient tonight. She was very selective with her shots and she did a great job for us this evening.”

MHS freshman guard Kayli Kellogg scored 11 points, nine coming after halftime.

“Second half, on the take to the rim and the and-1, I thought that was huge for her. She missed some outside shots earlier. She built her confidence to get things going for us.”

Morgantown (16-8) has earned the No. 4 seed in the state tournament. They will face No. 5 Greenbrier East (21-4) Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. in the quarterfinal round.

“The great thing about getting there is these girls have experience of being down there. They know what is going to happen. We’re going to have great patience down there. We’re just happy to be back down again because it just doesn’t feel the same if you don’t get there.”

Stemple led University (14-10) with 15 points.

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