ASHTON, W.Va. — It was a physical contest.
The Hannan girls basketball team fought hard against visiting Van, but the Lady Bulldogs overcame the Lady Wildcats 58-36 on Tuesday night in Mason County.
Hannan (1-3) led early in the game, but Van (3-1) took control and never looked back in a foul-heavy matchup.
The Blue and White started off hot with scores from Pamela Ochs, Josie McCoy and Madison Staggs to give the home a team 6-0 lead early in the first quarter. Leah Grant gave the Lady Bulldogs their first points of the game on a lay-up.
After a successful free throw from Anna Taylor, Van scored on consecutive buckets from Brenna Workman and Alyssa Harris tied the game at 7-all midway through the period. A basket from Oches gave the home team back the lead. Clarissa Crank scored connected on a shot in the paint to give the Lady Wildcats an 11-8 lead after one quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs roared to the front three minutes into the second quarter with a 7-0 run, led by a three from M.J. White. Crank connected with a three of her own to get the Hannan offense moving again. Van ended the half on a 6-0 run. The Lady Bulldogs led 22-18 heading into halftime.
The Hannan defense ended the first half with 15 rebounds, two less than Van. However, the Lady Wildcats turned the ball over eight times, leading to more offensive opportunities for the Lady Bulldogs.
Van wasted no time in the third quarter, scoring three points in the opening two minutes. Staggs connected on a basket at the 6:24 mark to give Hannan its first points of the half. Oches connected from beyond the arc with 4:33 left in the period for the home team.
Staggs and Lindsey Holley scored on consecutive baskets to get Hannan within three of Van. The Lady Bulldogs scored seven points in the final minute of the quarter to give the visitors a 39-31 lead heading into the finale.
Foul trouble plagued both teams in the final quarter of the game. Of the 24 points both squads scored in the fourth period, 11 came from the free throw line. Hannan tried to get offensive momentum going, but fouls halted any progress. In all, 39 fouls were committed by both teams in the second half.
Both teams finished the night with near identical field goal percentages. Van shot 18-of-65 from the field for 28 percent, while Hannan 14-of-51 for 27 percent. The Lady Bulldogs edged the Blue and White in rebounds 39-32. Hannan turned the ball over 14 times in the contest, while the visitors committed only five turnovers.
Staggs led the Lady Wildcats with 11 points, followed by Oches and Crank with eight points each. Taylor finished with six points, while Holley and McCoy contributed two points apiece for Hannan.
“It was more like a football game with all of the fouls,” Hannan coach Kellie Thomas said. “We responded well and had some foul trouble. We’ll move on from this.”
Grant led Van with 14 points, followed by Baylee Farmer with 12 points. M.J.White and Haleigh Cook finished with eight points. Workman had five points, while Alyssa Harris, Shayla White and Gabbie Green had three points. Kaitlyn Simmermaker contributed two points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Hannan will travel to Rose Hill Christian on Monday. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106