Lady Bobcats lead for most of the game but fall late to Fairmont State, 80-75


BUCKHANNON – Two teams looking for their first win of the season put everything they had on the line when the Fairmont State Falcons visited the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats Monday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

The Lady Bobcats led throughout most of the game, but couldn’t hold onto a 12-point second-half lead as they dropped an 80-75 decision.

Madeline Huffman opened the game with a three-pointer for Fairmont State, but Cierra Tolbert put in a lay-up for Wesleyan to give them their first lead, at 5-3, with 2:41 gone.

Wesleyan was down 9-7 but Summer Matlack drained a three-pointer for Wesleyan giving them a 10-9 lead and they wouldn’t trail again until the fourth quarter.

Fairmont State tied the game at 17-17, but Wesleyan ran off the final eight points of the quarter when Symphonie Bryant-Brown put in a lay-up, Tolbert and Bryant-Brown each dropped in a free throw, Tolbert came back with a lay-up in the paint and Bryant-Brown had a steal and scored on a fastbreak lay-up at the buzzer to treat Wesleyan to a 25-17 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Wesleyan saw their lead shrink down to six, at 35-29, with 4:56 left in the half but they went on an 8-0 run opening up a 43-29 lead.

During the run, Brittany Stawovy had a lay-up, Kamryn Williamson scored inside, Bryant-Brown darted inside for a lay-up and then knocked down a jumper for Wesleyan.

Wesleyan settled for a nine-point lead at the half, at 45-36.

A 6-0 run by Fairmont State to start the third quarter shrunk the Wesleyan lead to three, at 45-42, but Wesleyan answered with a 13-4 run giving them their biggest lead of the game, at 58-46, with 3:48 left in the quarter.

A jumper by Bryant-Brown kept Wesleyan ahead by 11, at 62-51, at the end of the third quarter.

A pair of free throws by Stawovy kept Wesleyan ahead by seven, at 69-62, with four minutes gone in the fourth quarter, but Fairmont State started to take control of the game from that point on.

A 7-3 run by the Falcons cut the Wesleyan lead down to three and Presley Tuttle uncorked a three-pointer for Fairmont State tying the game at 72-72 with two minutes remaining.

A jumper by Katy Darnell gave Fairmont State their first lead since the first quarter, at 74-72, with 1:08 left in the contest.

Two free throws by Fairmont State’s Alyssa DeAngelo gave them a 76-72 lead with 18 seconds left but Stawovy unleashed a three-pointer making it a 76-75 contest with 16 seconds left.

Sierra Kotchman iced the game for Fairmont State with four free throws in the final 13 seconds.

Fairmont State improved to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the MEC.

They were led by Kotchman with 22 points while Gibbs had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Stawovy had a double-double for Wesleyan with 22 points and 13 rebounds while Bryant-Brown added 18 points and seven rebounds.

Wesleyan dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-4 in the MEC.

The Lady Bobcats were slated to play West Virginia State on Wednesday.

They will return to the court Saturday as they visit Charleston for a 2 p.m. conference clash.

The boxscore:

Fairmont State      17  19  15  29 – 80

W. Va. Wesleyan  25  20  17  13 – 75

Fairmont State 80

Sierra Kotchman 6-15 7-7 22; Jalen Gibbs 5-12 5-9 15; Alyssa DeAngelo 4-8 5-6 13; Katy Darnell 4-8 1-2 9; Kertaya Hall 3-8 0-0 7; Madeline Huffman 3-5 0-0 7; Presley Tuttle 1-4 0-0 3; Erin Danik 0-0 3-4 3; Gracey Lamm 0-1 1-2 1; Bre Wilson 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 26-65 22-30 80.

West Virginia Wesleyan 75

Brittany Stawovy 7-11 6-6 22; Symphonie Bryant-Brown 8-20 2-3 18; Courtney Wilfong 4-14 0-0 8; Cierra Tolbert 3-4 2-4 8; Abi Gabauer 4-6 0-0 8; Summer Matlack 2-7 1-2 7; Tamera Maple 1-3 0-0 2; Kamryn Williamson 1-1 0-0 2; Imani Jackson 0-2 0-0 0; Malaika Kimmons 0-0 0-2 0; Taylor Dunbar 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-69 11-17 75.

Three-point field goals – Fairmont State: Kotchman 3-7; Hall 1-1; Tuttle 1-1; Huffman 1-2; Darnell 0-1; DeAngelo 0-1; Wilson 0-3. Totals 6-16; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 2-4; Matlack 2-4; Jackson 0-1; Bryant-Brown 0-6; Wilfong 0-7. Totals 4-22.

Rebounds – Fairmont State: Darnell 10; Gibbs 10; Kotchman 7; Hall 4; DeAngelo 3; Danik 2; team 2; Wilson 1; Tuttle 1; Lamm 1. Totals 41; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 13; Bryant-Brown 7; Gabauer 6; Tolbert 4; Simmons 4; team 3; Wilfong 3; Williamson 2. Totals 42.

Assists – Fairmont State: Kotchman 5; Darnell 3; Hall 1; Lamm 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 6; Bryant-Brown 6; Stawovy 4; Matlack 3; Gabauer 3; Dunbar 1. Totals 23.

Steals – Fairmont State: Darnell 4; DeAngelo 2; Tuttle 1; Lamm 1. Totals 8; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 2; Bryant-Brown 2; Tolbert 1. Totals 5.

Blocked shots – Fairmont State: DeAngelo 2; Kotchman 1; Huffman 1; Jalen Gibbs 1. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 2; Stawovy 1; Wilfong 1; Matlack 1. Totals 5.

Turnovers – Fairmont State: 13; West Virginia Wesleyan: 17.

Personal fouls – Fairmont State: 16; West Virginia Wesleyan: 25.

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