Lady Bobcats can’t keep first-quarter momentum going in defeat to Fairmont State


FAIRMONT – Nicole Gilyard scored a game-high 25 points and Cierra Tolbert added a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to lift the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats to a victory against Fairmont State Wednesday evening in a Mountain East Conference clash at the Joe Retton Arena.

Wesleyan looked like they would put an end to their losing streak after a strong first quarter of action.

Leading 6-4, Wesleyan went on a 6-0 run after Tolbert made two free throws, Gilyard scored two points in the paint, and Courtney Wilfong made a jumper making the score 12-4 with five minutes gone in the first.

After a basket by Fairmont State’s Rachel Laskody, Gilyard scored on another jumper and Tolbert went inside for two points as Wesleyan took a 16-6 advantage.

Wesleyan was still up by seven when Cydney Lapczynski ended the quarter with a jumper treating the Lady ‘Cats to a 20-11 lead.

Things went south for the Lady ‘Cats in the second quarter as Fairmont State scored the first seven points closing the gap to 20-18 before Wilfong interrupted the run with three-pointer keeping Wesleyan up by five, at 23-18.

A pair of free throws by Gilyard kept Wesleyan up by four, at 25-21, but the Falcons went on a 10-0 run for a 31-25 lead with 2:54 left in the half.

The Lady ‘Cats stayed down six at the break, at 33-27.

Fairmont State started to build their lead as they pushed it to 10, at 45-35.

The Falcons then went on an 8-0 run taking their advantage up to 18, at 53-35, with 1:10 left in the third quarter.

Abi Gabauer ended the quarter with a lay-up as Wesleyan trailed by a 55-39 score.

Fairmont State upped their lead to 19 after a three-pointer by Presley Tuttle, at 60-41.

Wesleyan answered with a 5-0 run after lay-ups by Wilfong and Gabauer and a free throw by Tolbert cutting the deficit to 14, at 60-46, with 6:33 remaining in the game.

An 8-0 run capped by a jumper by Lapczynski trimmed the Fairmont State lead down to six, at 62-56, with 3:48 left.

A mini 4-0 run by Fairmont State moved it back to a 10-point game at 66-56, but Gilyard popped in a jumper making it a 66-58 contest with 1:20 remaining.

An old-fashioned three pointer by Gilyard after she was fouled on her jumper made it a 69-64 game with 23 seconds remaining, but Gracey Lamm iced the game away for Fairmont State with a pair of free throws.

Sierra Kotchman scored 23 points for Fairmont State while Kamrin Weimer added 13.

Fairmont State improved to 15-12 overall and 12-9 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-24 and 1-20 in the MEC.

They will see their season end today when they host Davis & Elkins College in a MEC clash at 2 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                 20  7  12  25 – 64

Fairmont State                                                                11  22  22  16 – 71

West Virginia Wesleyan 64

Nicole Gilyard 10-18 5-5 25; Courtney Wilfong 5-7 0-0 12; Cierra Tolbert 4-13 3-4 11; Abi Gabauer 4-10 0-0 8; Cydney Lapczynski 3-13 0-0 6; Malaika Kimmons 1-5 0-0 2; Amira Layeni 0-2 0-0 0; Imani Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-68 8-9 64.

Fairmont State 71

Sierra Kotchman 7-14 5-5 23; Kamrin Weimer 5-12 0-0 13; Rachel Laskody 5-11 2-3 12; Brooke Kurucz 2-7 2-2 6; Presley Tuttle 2-5 0-0 5; Erin Danik 1-4 2-2 5; Gracey Lamm 0-2 3-6 3; Katy Darnell 1-3 0-0 2; Taylor Duplaga 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 24-64 14-18 71.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 2-2; Lapczynski 0-3; Gabauer 0-5. Totals 2-10; Fairmont State: Kotchman 4-9; Weimer 3-8; Danik 1-1; Tuttle 1-2; Kurucz 0-1; Duplaga 0-2. Totals 9-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 16; Gilyard 7; Wilfong 7; Gabauer 7; Layeni 6; Lapzynski 2; Kimmons 2; team 2. Totals 49; Fairmont State: Laskody 8; team 7; Darnell 4; Tuttle 4; Kotchman 3; Weimer 3; Kurucz 3; Danik 3; Duplaga 1. Totals 36.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 3; Gilyard 1; Tolbert 1; Lapczynski 1; Kimmons 1. Totals 7; Fairmont State: Lamm 3; Kotchman 2; Kurucz 2; Darnell 1; Tuttle 1. Totals 9.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 2; Lapczynski 1; Kimmons 1. Total 4; Fairmont State: Kotchman 3; Weimer 3; Lamm 3; Kurucz 1. Totals 10.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 1; Lapczynski 1; Gabauer 1. Totals 3; Fairmont State: Laskody 2; Duplaga 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; Fairmont State: 14.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 20; Fairmont State: 16.

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