By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Bluefield State College Lady Blues put 93 points on the scoreboard Thursday night. However, the Glenville State Pioneers lit it up for 111 and claimed a 111-93 WVIAC victory at Ned Shott Gymnasium.
“I’m very proud of my kids and how they fought,” said BSC head coach J.J. Oliver. “They didn’t give up. Being down 30 (points) at one time, they accepted the instruction that was given and they went out and kept fighting hard and that’s what I want this team to be known as, a team that’s going to keep fighting and a tough team.”
The Lady Blues (1-1, 1-1) played close at the outset, knotting the game at five before Glenville (4-1, 2-0) went on a 12-0 run to claim a 27-14 lead. Tori Patrick ended the scoring drought when she drained a three.
Indy Hauser came off the bench and gave Bluefield State a spark with two buckets and a three and helped the Lady Blues close to within 12 at 45-33. But Glenville went on another run, as they substituted five players at a time all game long, nearly every two minutes and opened a 54-33 lead.
Bluefield State did not get to the foul line in the first half until 1:46 remained, at which time Tiffany Moorer sank two charity tosses. Glenville State, meanwhile, connected on 16-of-17 free throws in the first 20 minutes and carried a 62-37 lead to the locker room.
“The first half I thought we got frustrated at times and we started playing much faster than we’re accustomed to playing,” Oliver said. “We didn’t want them to rush us into the half court and I felt the first half we rushed a little bit and we didn’t knock down shots and they got rebounds and run-outs.”
The Pioneers’ lead grew as high as 30 points in the second half before BSC made its comeback. The Lady Blues drew to within 17 points when Charity Harris stole the ball and converted the layup. BSC got even closer, 12 points, on Charlene Diggs’ two free throws with 4:10 remaining. But in the final four minutes of the game Glenville State outscored BSC 16-9 for the final margin of victory.
“The second half we fixed some of those things and we won the second half,” Oliver said. “But almost 40 free throws? You can’t win basketball games allowing the other team to shoot nearly 40 free throws. We did a good job the second half slowing them down with the zone, something I probably should have went to a little bit earlier.”
A total of 51 fouls was called in the game, 27 on Bluefield State and 24 on Glenville State, and there were a total of 26 steals, 16 by the Pioneers and 10 by the Lady Blues.
Harris led Bluefield State with 25 points and had two assists and three steals.
“Charity (Harris) is a kid who is going to be exceptional for us all year,” Oliver commented. “She kind of makes us go from the point guard position. She got a little frustrated in the first half and we had to sit her, but in the second half she got going. She makes everybody on the floor better. She’s a great addition for us already and is going to be good for us in the future.”
Three other Lady Blues finished in double-digit scoring as Dragana Tomic fired in 16, including eight-of-10 from the free throw line with four assists, Diggs added 15 points with five assists, and Moorer tallied 14 points with 10 rebounds and a block. Tasia Nolan and Kelli Morgan each had eight rebounds and Shae Mebane bulled down six boards. Bluefield State had 59 rebounds for the game and Glenville State cleared the boards 66 times.
Kenyona Simmons fired in a game high 26 points , pulled down seven rebounds, dished out three assists and had four steals. Ginny Mills had 23 points with four treys and had three steals.