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January 24, 2014
The Herald-Star

Linsly beats Madonna girls

WEIRTON - Monica Bragg and Leanne Grubbs each scored in double figures, but it wasn't enough for the Madonna girls basketball team against visiting Linsly on Thursday.

Linsly topped the Blue Dons, 60-36.

Bragg scored 14 points, while Grubbs added 13. Morgan Brunner of Linsly led all scorers with 24 points.

The Blue Dons play at Toronto on Monday.

Linsly 60, Madonna 36

Linsly 15 14 19 12 - 60

Madonna 8 8 11 9 - 36

L - Brunner 8 2-2 24; Allison 6 3-5 15; Orth 4 0-0 8; Vehola 3 0-1 6; Jackson 1 3-4 5; McDonald 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 8-12 60. 3-pointers: Brunner 6.

M - Bragg 6 2-3 14; Grubbs 5 3-6 13; Rosso 1 2-3 5; Lammers 1 2-6 4. Totals: 13 8-19 36. 3-pointers: Ross.

Franciscan men take a close one

STEUBENVILLE - A missed half-court heave at the buzzer secured the Barons' third conference win, 66-65, against Penn State-Altoona, finishing Thursday's Franciscan University of Steubenville's sixth-annual Kuzma Day on a high note.

"The biggest thing tonight? We scored when we needed to score. We got stops when we needed to get stops. That was critical," said Barons coach John Lamanna

This was also the second time FUS faced Altoona this season, the first matchup ending in an 83-79 loss due to turnover woes in the final four minutes of the game.

"We did a much better job taking care of the ball tonight," Lamanna said, adding that sophomore point guard Derek David played a large roll in bringing about some positive offensive movement.

Tied for high score with 16 points each, were junior big man Joseph Rine and sophomore shooting guard Timmy Schenk.

Baron women fall to Altoona

STEUBENVILLE - In a game that came down to the wire the Franciscan University women's basketball team fell short losing to Penn State- Altoona 80-77 Thursday. The Lady Barons were down 38-26 at halftime but once again came back in the second half with an extra spark of energy.

"We battled back into the game and put ourselves in the position to win it," head coach Suzy Delaney said. "I am thankful for that and proud of the girls."

The leading scorer for the Lady Barons was freshman Katie Rhodes with 21 points.

No. 1 West Lib downs WJU in OT

WHEELING - Unbeaten and No. 1-ranked West Liberty went 6-for-6 from the foul line during the final 23 seconds of overtime Thursday night to hold off upset-minded Wheeling Jesuit, 93-89, before an overflow crowd at the McDonough Center.

Coach Jim Crutchfield's Hilltoppers (15-0, 11-0) had to overcome a 13-point second-half deficit to hand the hard-luck Cardinals (6-8, 4-7) their fifth straight loss - all coming by margins of 6 points or less. It marked the first time all season that West Liberty had trailed at any point in the second half.

"With the schools being so close, it's always a great game when we play these guys," Crutchfield said. "Wheeling played really hard and shot the ball extremely well, especially in the first half. I told our guys at halftime that there is nothing like a comeback win and this was our chance to get one."

The Hilltoppers never trailed in the extra frame. Shawn Dyer scored all 13 of his points after halftime to go over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

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