POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — You can never give your opponent that kind of a head start.
The Point Pleasant girls basketball team failed to score on its first 27 possessions Tuesday night, as guest Hurricane built a 24-0 lead en route to the 73-30 victory.
The Lady Knights (1-15) — who have now lost nine straight games — committed 16 turnovers in the first eight minutes and went 0-6 from the field. Hurricane (10-10) — which entered Tuesday’s tilt with a four-game losing skid of its own — committed only two turnovers in the opening stanza and led 20-0 by the conclusion.
HHS scored the opening four points of the second quarter, before Point Pleasant made its first basket of the game at the 6:27 mark. PPHS cut its turnovers in half in the second, committing eight in the period, while shooting 3-of-10 from the field. The Lady Redskins scored 19 points in the quarter and led 39-to-8 at halftime.
Hurricane — which hit half of its 18 third quarter field goal attempts — forced eight turnovers in the third and pushed the advantage to 63-18 with eight minutes remaining.
The Lady Redskins led by as many as 46 points in the fourth quarter, and the guests cruised to the 73-30 win.
PPHS freshman Peyton Campbell led the hosts with 18 points, while Michaela Cottrill, Morgan Roush, Ashlie Flory and Porsha Mayo each scored three. Lanea Cochran led the Lady Knights with seven rebounds, followed by Cottrill with six. Cottrill and Campbell both recorded two assists to lead PPHS, while Flory charged the defense with three steals.
Point Pleasant shot 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the free throw line and 9-of-39 (23.1 percent) from the field, including 4-of-10 (40 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team, the Red, Black and White recorded 21 defensive rebounds, eight offensive boards, six assists, four steals and 35 turnovers.
HHS sophomore Mary Rogoszewski led the victors with 18 points, followed by Madalyn Weeks with 16 points and eight assists. Kaylee Wooten scored 11 points, Callen Bostic recorded nine, Emily Browning chipped in with six, while Alexis Crompton finished with four points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Anna Gordon scored three points in the win, while Sarah Westfall, Bailey Allen, and Kelcie Adams rounded out the HHS total with two points each. Crompton led the Hurricane defense with seven steals, while Rogoszewski blocked a game-best two shots.
The Putnam County natives shot 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) from the free throw line and 26-of-72 (36.1 percent) from the field, including 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from beyond the arc. Collectively, the Lady Redskins recorded 17 defensive rebounds, 22 offensive rebounds, 20 assists, 19 steals, five blocks and eight turnovers.
The Lady Knights will host Hannan in their regular season finale, on Thursday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.