Gilyard scores 21 but Lady Bobcats tumble to Alderson Broaddus, 66-61


PHILIPPI – Nicole Gilyard scored 21 points and hauled in nine rebounds but it wasn’t enough to lift the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats to a victory Saturday afternoon in a non-conference affair with the Alderson Broaddus Battlers at the Rex Pyles Arena.

The Lady Bobcats couldn’t hold a six-point fourth quarter lead and dropped a back-and-fourth 66-61 decision.

The game started off well enough for the Lady ‘Cats as Brittany Stawovy canned a three-pointer and Imani Jackson put in a jumper for a quick 5-0 lead.

With Wesleyan holding a 9-5 lead, Alderson Broaddus went on an 8-0 run for a 13-9 lead with 4:26 left in the opening quarter.

Wesleyan saw the deficit grow to seven at the end of the quarter, at 24-17.

The Lady Bobcats went on a 9-3 run to start the second quarter capped by a lay-up by Gilyard to close the gap to just one point, at 27-26, with four minutes remaining in the half.

A free throw by Imani deadlocked the game at 30-30 but Yolanda Florido made a free throw before the half was over to put the Battlers in the lead, at 31-30.

Alderson Broaddus opened the third quarter with a trey from Danielle Franklin, but Stawovy canned a three-pointer, Gilyard scored in the paint and Tolbert ended a 7-0 run with a lay-up to put Wesleyan ahead by three, at 37-34.

Another trey by Stawovy gave Wesleyan their biggest third-quarter lead, at 40-36, with 6:04 left in the stanza.

With the game tied at 42-42, Alderson Broaddus went on a 11-2 run for a 53-44 advantage with a minute remaining in the quarter.

Wesleyan closed on a 7-0 run behind a lay-up by Abi Gabauer, a three-pointer from Stawovy and a jumper from Gilyard to make it a 53-51 heading into the final quarter.

Wesleyan started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run.

Gilyard knocked down a jumper, Tolbert put in two free throws, Gilyard put in a tip in and Malaika Kimmons darted inside for a lay-up to make it a 59-53 contest with 5:45 remaining.

The Battlers responded with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes for a 60-59 lead.

Kimmons made a jumper to end the run and put Wesleyan back on top, at 61-60, at the 2:19 mark but they wouldn’t score the rest of the game.

Jeana Weatherspoon answered with a lay-up to keep the Battlers in front by one, at 62-61, and then they won it at the free throw line knocking down four in the final minute to secure the win.

Following Gilyard in the scoring column for Wesleyan were  Stawovy with 12 points and Tolbert with 10 points.

Wesleyan shot 42 percent from the floor making 23 of their 54 field goal attempts.

Madeline Moyer paced Alderson Broaddus with 12 points while Danielle Franklin had 11.

Alderson Broaddus improved to 5-6 on the season.

The Lady Bobcats close out the calendar year with six straight losses and dropped to 3-8 overall.

Wesleyan will be off over the Christmas break and will return to action Sunday, Jan. 5 when they travel to West Virginia University-Tech for a non-conference game starting at 2 p.m.

The boxscore:

W. Va. Wesleyan          17  13  21  10 – 61

Alderson Broaddus       24  7  22  13 – 66

West Virginia Wesleyan 61

Nicole Gilyard 8-10 5-6 21; Brittany Stawovy 4-14 0-0 12; Cierra Tolbert 4-7 2-3 10; Abi Gabauer 3-6 0-0 8; Malaika Kimmons 2-3 0-0 4; Imani Jackson 1-4 1-2 3l Courtney Wilfong 1-4 0-0 2; Cydney Lapczynski 0-2 1-2 1; Amira Layeni 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 9-13 61.

Alderson Broaddus 66

Madeline Moyer 4-12 0-0 12; Danielle Franklin 3-8 2-2 11; Hannah Henderson 4-10 0-4 10; Shay Harper 4-10 0-0 10; Yolanda Florido 2-10 4-6 8; Ta;Sharra Jefferies 2-3 0-0 5; Jeana Weatherspoon 2-7 0-0 4; Mara Jimenze Montes 2-4 0-0 4; Simone Smith 1-2 0-0 2; Kristy Galea 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-66 8-12 66.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 4-12; Gabauer 2-4; Layeni 0-3; Jackson 0-2; Wilfong 0-1; Lapczynski 0-1. Totals 6-23; Alderson Broaddus: Moyer 4-11; Franklin 3-7; Harper 2-6; Jefferies 1-2; Smith 0-1; Henderson 0-4. Totals 10-31.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 9; Tolbert 5; Wilfong 5; Gabauer 5; team 5; Jackson 4; Layeni 4; Stawovy 3; Kimmons 1. Totals 41; Alderson Broaddus: Henderson 13; team 5; Franklin 4; Weatherspoon 4; Harper 4; Florido 3; Moyer 1; Jefferies 1; Montes 1; Smith 1; Galea 1. Totals 38.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 6; Stawovy 4; Lapczynski 2; Tolbert 1; Jackson 1. Totals 14; Alderson Broaddus: Moyer 4; Franklin 4; Florido 3; Henderson 2; Harper 2; Jefferies 1; Smith 1. Totals 17.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 2; Stawovy 2; Lapczynski 2; Jackson 1; Kimmons 1; Gabauer 1. Totals 9; Alderson Broaddus: Moyer 2; Henderson 2; Florido 2; Weatherspoon 2; Smith 2; Jefferies 1; Montes 1. Totals 12.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 1. Totals 1; Alderson Broaddus: Henderson 1; Weatherspoon 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 23; Alderson Broaddus: 15.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13; Alderson Broaddus: 11.

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