Glenville State Dominates Fairmont State, Advances to MEC Championship Game

The Free Press WV

The Glenville State Lady Pioneers defeated Fairmont State University as they claimed their 28th straight victory and punched their ticket to the MEC Tournament Championship game.

Glenville State (29-1) netted nine three-pointers and 10 players score while Fairmont State (16-14) went just 4-of-13 from deep and had two players in double figures.

GSC’s Paris McLeod started right where she left off on Thursday as she scored the first two points of the ball game. But after those two points FSU went on a 6-0 run as they took a 6-2 lead. GSC later tied the game up at 6-6. The Lady Pioneers held just a three point lead at the first media timeout with 4:46 to play.

After the media timeout the Lady Pioneers went on an 8-0 run to take 20-13 lead over the Falcons.  Glenville State made some separation to end the first quarter as they went on a 12-2 run as they held a 12 point lead after one, 27-15.

In the second, both teams would start out slow however GSC would manage to stretch their lead to 19 points at the 6:04 minute mark, 38-19. Fairmont proceeded to make a small run and cut the deficit to 13 points with 47 seconds left but Paris McLeod would hit two free-throws as the Lady Pioneers went into halftime with up 44-29.

Glenville State’s defense forced FSU into 14 turnovers in the first half of action.

In the third, FSU made a small 5-0 run as they made it 54-38 but GSC bounced back and stretched their lead to 21 at 61-40 with 4:08 to play in the quarter. Again the Falcons made another run as Sierra Kotchman hit back-to-back three’s for FSU, cutting the Lady Pioneers lead to 13 points 63-50. Glenville State ended up taking a 69-52 lead into the fourth.

Fairmont would try and make a comeback in the fourth and even outscored GSC 17-14 in the quarter. However, the deficit was just too much to overcome as Glenville State picked up the 83-69 win and advance to the MEC Tournament Championship Game on Sunday.

Glenville State finished the day shooting 41 percent from the field and 22 percent from deep while Fairmont State shot 44 percent from the field and 30 percent from deep.

The Lady Pioneers scored 21 points off of 23 Falcon turnovers while also outscoring them in the paint 44-34.

GSC’s bench scored 32 point while FSU had 17 points from their bench.

Glenville State’s Paris McLeod scored a game-high 23 points while grabbing seven rebounds, four assists and five steals. Emily Stoller registered 15 points while Kristin DesRocher chipped in with 10 points.

Fairmont was led by freshman Sierra Kotchman as she poured in 21 points and seven rebounds. Kelli Jo Harris chipped in with 17 points and nine boards.

Glenville State (29-1) will now take on the winner of the #2 Notre Dame / #3 West Virginia State in the MEC Tournament Championship on Sunday, March 4th at 1:00 p.m. from the Charleston Civic Center. It will be first Tournament Championship game for the Lady Pioneers since winning it back in 2013-14, the inaugural year of the MEC.

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