Morgantown pull away from the Cards in the second half | Journal-news

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Few West Virginia girl basketball fans gave Spring Mills a chance against second-seeded Morgantown Thursday in the state tournament.

Spring Mills opened a few eyes, however.

The Cardinals led for much of the first half against storied Morgantown, but Spring Mills couldn’t pull off an upset in the Class AAAA quarterfinal.

Morgantown used a 15-5 third quarter advantage to start pulling back in a 49-25 win and advanced to today’s semi-finals against Wheeling Park.

It all came crashing down for the Cardinals in the second half as Morgantown turned a 19-15 halftime advantage into a runaway using a 30-10 advantage in the final 16 minutes.

The Mohigans’ run started before halftime when Sofia Wassick scored a pair of baskets in the final 1:42 to break a tie at 15.

The Cardinals went scoreless for eight minutes between the second and third quarters before Ella Hawkins hit a free throw, making it 27-16 in favor of Morgantown.

Spring Mills finished the season with a 15-9 record.

“It was a (Spring Mills) team that got better and better all year,” Morgantown coach Jason White told West Virginia MetroNews.

Wassick scored 18 points and Lindsay Bechtel 15 for the Mohigans (21-2). Kilah Dandridge’s 10 points paced the Cardinals, who won their first sectional championship this season. Olivia Boduc and Mya Griffin added four points each.

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