Lady Bobcats hang tough with Concord but tumble 76-67

Nicole Gilyard (15) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats makes contact with Concord’s Maggie Guynn (3) while going into the paint during the first half of their Mountain East Conference clash Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. Gilyard had a team-best 14 points, but the Lady ‘Cats dropped a 76-67 decision.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats fell behind by a nine-point margin in the first quarter and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way in a 76-67 setback at the hands of the Concord Lady Mt. Lions here Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference clash.

Wesleyan fell behind by a 21-12 margin after the opening period and wound up losing by that nine-point margin at the end of the game.

The contest started off well enough for the Lady ‘Cats as they went up early by a 5-0 score behind a jumper from Alexa Szleong and a 3-pointer from Summer Matlack.

A 3-pointer by Tyra Hughes kept Wesleyan ahead at 8-3, but Concord scored five straight to deadlock the game at 8-8.

Following a basket by Szelong that put Wesleyan back ahead by two, Concord closed the quarter on a 13-2 run for the nine-point advantage.

The closest Wesleyan could get in the second quarter was 10 points after a jumper by Nicole Gilyard, at 26-16, with 6:55 left in the half.

Concord led at the half by 17, at 44-27.

Concord pushed the lead out to 18, at 55-37, with 4:47 left in the third quarter, but Wesleyan kept fighting  and controlled the rest of the third quarter.

The Lady Bobcats went on a 14-0 run that closed the score to 55-51.

During the run, Victoria Jackson hit a jumper, Abi Gabauer followed with a jumper, Jackson reeled off four straight with a lay-up and a 10-footer, Matlack made a free throw, Szelong made a trey and Matlack added two more free throws.

Concord’s Maggie Guynn ended the run and the quarter with a jumper as Wesleyan trailed by six going into the final quarter, at 57-51.

Concord came out and reestablished their lead as they scored the first five points of the quarter for a 62-51 advantage with 6:53 left in the game.

A jumper in the paint by  Gilyard brought the Wesleyan deficit down to six, at 64-58 with 5:09 remaining.

A trey by Amira Layeni kept it at six for Wesleyan, at 73-67, with 29 seconds left, but Wesleyan wouldn’t score again as Concord put the game away at the free-throw line.

Gilyard scored a team-high 14 points for Wesleyan while Szelong had 11 and Matlack and Jackson 10 each.

Szelong just missed out on a double-double as she hauled down a team-best nine rebounds.

Andreanna Pool had a game-high 21 points for Concord while Riley Fitzwater had 16.

Concord improved to 16-4 overall and 11-3 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 4-13 overall and 4-10 in the MEC.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Thursday when they host the University of Charleston at 5:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Concord                  21  23  13  19 – 76

Wesleyan                12  15  24  16 – 67

Concord 76

Andreanna Pool 6-9 6-7 21, Riley Fitzwater 7-11 2-4 16, Madison May 5-11 2-4 12, Kelley Lundy 2-5 0-0 6, Emily Boothe 1-4 0-0 3, Maggie Guynn 4-8 2-2 10, Savannah Dunford 3-4 0-0 8, Tamra Scott 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-54 12-17 76.

West Virginia Wesleyan 67

Nicole Gilyard 6-14 2-3 14, Alexa Szelong 5-12 0-0 11, Summer Matlack 3-9 3-4 10, Tyra Hughes 3-10 0-0 8, A. Karaivanova 1-3 0-0 2, Victoria Jackson 4-11 2-2 10, Amira Laveni 3-8 0-0 7, Mykenzie Martin 1-3 0-0 3, Abi Gabauer 1-2 0-0 2, Brittany Stawovy 0-3 0-0 0, Corin Todd 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-76 7-9 67.

Three-point field goals – Concord: Pool 3-5, Keely Lundy 2-4, Dunford 2-3, Boothe 1-2, May 0-2, Guynn 0-3. Totals 8-19; West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 2-7, Layeni 1-1, Martin 1-2, Szelong 1-3, Matlack 1-4, Stawovy 0-2. Totals 6-19.

Rebounds – Concord: Fitzwater 15, Boothe 8, May 6, Lundy 3, Pool 2, Scott 2, Dunford 1, team 1. Totals 38; West Virginia Wesleyan: Szeling 9, Gilyard 6, Jackson 6, Layeni 4, Matlack 3, Hughes 2, Gabauer 2, Karaivanova 1, Stawovy 1, team 5. Totals 39.

Assists – Concord: Pool 9, May 6, Boothe 4, Fitzwater 2, Lundy 1. Totals 22; West Virginia Wesleyan: Matlack 5, Szelong 4, Hughe 3, Jackson 3, Gilyard 2, Martin 2, Karaivanova 1, Layeni 1. Totals 21.

Steals – Concord: Lundy 2, May 1, Boothe 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 2, Jackson 2, Gilyard 1, Matlack 1, Karaivanova 1, Layeni 1, Martin 1, Gabauer 1. Totals 10.

Blocked shots – Concord: Fitzwater 3, Pool 1, May 1. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 1, Karaivanova 1. Totals 2.

Personal fouls – Concord: 8; West Virginia Wesleyan: 15.

Turnovers – Concord: 21; West Virginia Wesleyan: 14.

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