Lady ‘Cats end season with a win over Davis & Elkins

Courtney Wilfong (21) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds as the Lady ‘Cats ended their season with a 74-71 victory over Davis & Elkins Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center.

BUCKHANNON – It had been a tough season for West Virginia Wesleyan head basketball coach Vicky Bullett and her squad as they battled through injuries and losses this year.

The Lady Bobcats were ending their season with a possible 23-game losing streak staring them in the face when they squared off with the visiting Davis & Elkins Senators Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center.

Despite the rough season, the Lady Bobcats ended it on a positive note as they ended their streak with a hard-fought 74-71 victory over the Senators on “Senior Day.”

It appeared the game would go as the previous 22 in the first quarter as the Lady Bobcats fell behind by an 18-11 score.

They never led in the first quarter as Davis & Elkins ended the canto with mini 4-0 run for their seven-point lead.

Davis & Elkins pushed their lead to nine, at 29-20, but Cierra Tolbert made a jumper, Amira Layeni scored in the paint and Nicole Gilyard made two free throws as the Lady Bobcats’ 6-0 run made it a 29-26 contest with 4:48 remaining in the half.

A jumper by Davis & Elkins’ Jamiyah Johnson and a trey from Allie Taylor sent the lead right back to eight, at 34-26. Wesleyan answered with an 8-0 run behind a pair of baskets from Courtney Wilfong, a lay-up by Tolbert and a pair of free throws from Gilyard deadlocking the game at 34-34.

Davis & Elkins’ Jay Kilpatrick ended the run and closed out the first-half scoring with a jumper, leaving the Lady Bobcats down at the half by two, at 36-34.

Wesleyan came out of the break and owned the third quarter.

They scored the first seven points of the quarter as Tolbert made two straight baskets and Wilfong unleashed a three-pointer giving the Lady Bobcats a 41-36 advantage.

Davis & Elkins scored four straight points to cut it to a 41-40 game, but Cydney Lapczynski made a jumper and Wilfong scored in the paint to make it a 45-40 contest with 5:28 left in the quarter.

Still leading by four, at 50-46, Wesleyan ended the quarter on a 6-0 run after Tolbert scored on a fast break lay-up, Gilyard flipped in a free throw and Lapczynski uncorked a three-pointer.

That put Wesleyan up by 10 entering the final quarter, at 56-46.

A lay-up by Tolbert kept Wesleyan ahead by seven, at 61-54, with 5:16 remaining in the game.

A 5-0 run by Davis & Elkins shrunk the lead to 61-59, but Tolbert darted inside for a lay-up putting the lead back to four, at 63-59, with 4:23 left to go.

Wesleyan was still nursing that four-point lead, at 70-66, with 17 seconds remaining.

Wilfong went one of two at the line for Wesleyan making it a 71-66 game but Jessica Eadsforth-Yates hit a three-pointer for Davis & Elkins closing it to 71-69 with 11 seconds left.

With nine seconds left, Gilyard was fouled and made two key free throws upping the Wesleyan lead to four, at 73-69.

Kilpatrick made a lay-up for the Senators cutting the lead down to 73-71, with nine seconds left.

Lapczynski was fouled with five seconds remaining and made just one of two keeping it a one possession game, at 74-71.

Kilpatrick managed to get off a three-point shot at the buzzer it failed to go down giving Wesleyan the three-point win.

Tolbert came off the bench to lead Wesleyan with a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Gilyard added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Jamiyah Johnson scored a game-high 26 points to go along with 21 rebounds for Davis & Elkins while Kilpatrick added 15.

Davis & Elkins ended the regular season with a 7-21 overall record and a 6-16 in the MEC.

Wesleyan concluded their season with a 4-24 record overall and a 2-20 MEC mark.

Wesleyan recognized their two seniors prior to the contest – Gilyard and Anastasia Karavainova.

The boxscsore:

Davis & Elkins             18  18  10  25 – 71

W.Va. Wesleyan        11  23  22  18 – 74

Davis & Elkins 71

Jamiyah Johnson 11-16 4-6 26; Jay Kilpatrick 4-14 7-10 15; Jessica Eadsforth-Yates 4-10 0-0 10; Sydney Nestor 3-11 0-0 7; Allie Taylor 2-3 0-0 6; Petyon Mohler 2-8 1-4 5; Regan Sharp 1-1 0-1 2; Rachel Bolyard 0-2 0-0 0; Abbie Bartenslager 0-1 0-0 0; Courtney Roth 0-0 0-0 0; Kirsten Doleman 0-1 0-0 0; Angel Broadus 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-67 12-21 71.

West Virginia Wesleyan 74

Cierra Tolbert 10-14 0-0 20; Nicole Gilyard 3-8 8-10 14; Courtney Wilfong 5-12 1-2 13; Abi Gabuaer 3-9 0-0 9; Cydney Lapczynski 3-8 1-2 8; Amira Layeni 4-10 0-0 8; Anastasiya Karaivano 1-2 0-0 2; Malaika Kimmons 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-64 10-15 74.

Three-point field goals – Davis & Elkins:Taylor 2-3; Eadsforth-Yates 2-6; Bartenslager 0-1; Kilpatrick 0-2; Boylyad 0-2. Totals 5-16; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 3-5; Wilfong 2-6; Lapczynski 1-4; Layeni 0-1. Totals 6-17.

Rebounds – Davis & Elkins: Johnson 21; Nestor 6; Mohler 4; Kilpatrick 2; Eadsforth-Yates 2; Taylor 2; Bolyard 2; Sharp 1; Bartenslager 1. Totals 41; West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 11; Gilyard 7; Wilfong 4; Lapczynski 2; Karaivano 2; Tolbert 2; Layeni 2; Kimmons 1. Totals 31.

Assists – Davis & Elkins: Johnson 2; Kilpatrick 2; Bolyard 2; Mohler 1; Bartenslager 1. Totals 8; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 5; Gilyard 4; Wilfong 3; Tolbert 3; Jackson 3; Lapczynski 1; Layeni 1. Totals 21.

Steals – Davis & Elkins: Nestor 3; Johnson 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 3; Tolbert 2; Lapczynski 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – Davis & Elkins: None; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 1; Tolbert 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – Davis & Elkins: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 11.

Personal fouls – Davis & Elkins: 19; West Virginia Wesleyan: 20.

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