FAIRMONT —The West Virginia Wesleyan College Lady Bobcats women’s basketball team, 2-2, 1-1, fell on the road to the Fairmont State Lady Falcons, 3-2, 2-0, on Tuesday night at Joe Retton Arena.
The Bobcats trailed by three points in the early stages of the first quarter when they went on a seven-point scoring run. Layups from Tolbert and Bryant-Brown, along with three free throws from Jackson gave WVWC a 7-3 lead. Allembert knotted the score at 10 with a layup. The Fighting Falcons scored four points to end the first quarter and led 14-10. Baskets from Bryant-Brown and Wilfong trimmed the Fairmont State lead down to two points with 8:14 in the first half. Fairmont State scored 12 consecutive points, bringing the score to 28-14. The Fighting Falcons took a 15-point lead into the locker room.
The Fighting Falcons scored seven of the first nine points scored in the second half to build a 20-point lead. A made jump shot from Jackson cut the deficit to 44-28 with 5:21 left in the third quarter. Fairmont State closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run to go up 60-38. Both teams scored 20 points in the final quarter. Kamryn Williamson sank two three-pointers and led all scorers with six points in the fourth quarter.
Imani Jackson paced the Lady Bobcats in scoring column, finishing with 13 points. Jackson stayed aggressive all night, getting to the line often, which saw her score nine of her 13 from the charity stripe. Fairmont native Courtney Wilfong finished with 11 points and two assists. Symphonie Bryant-Brown and Electra Allembert both added 10 points of their own on the night. Allembert also finished with 11 rebounds to secure her second double-double of the season. Cierra Tolbert collected a game-high 12 boards.
Sierra Kotchman, the Lady Falcons’ all-time leading scorer, posted a game-high 30 points, including six made threes. Katy Darnell turned in a all-around solid performance, registering eight rebounds and six assists. Madeline Huffman was wrecked absolute havoc defensively, forcing four steals.
FSU’s shooting from deep sunk the Lady Bobcats. Led by Kotchman the Lady Falcons made 11 three-point shots compared to the Lady Bobcats’ one. FSU continually pushed WVWC out of their comfort zone offensively, forcing a total of 23 turnovers in this one. The Lady Bobcats struggled to match the defensive effort of the Lady Falcons, only forcing eight turnovers.
The Bobcats attempted 23 free throws and converted 15. Fairmont State shot nine free throws and made seven. The Fighting Falcons connected on 11 three-point shots, while Wesleyan made one shot beyond the arc. Fairmont State forced 23 turnovers and the Bobcats forced eight turnovers.
The Bobcats will return to action following Thanksgiving break, when they will host the Hilltoppers of West Liberty at the Rockefeller Center on December 1. That game is slated to begin with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.