By Phil Perry
For Civitas Media
ASHTON, W.Va. – The last win for the Scott High girls hoops squad came in sectional play in 2015 when as a No. 4 seed, they upset No. 1 seed Chapmanville before losing the next two games to close their season.
Then, last season, they went (0-22) in a turbulent season that saw the loss of key players mid-season which forced coach Brandon Burns to play a handful of freshmen and sophomores to complete their schedule.
That is all history now. The 25-game losing streak is over.
The Lady Skyhawks opened their 2016-17 campaign with a convincing victory over Hannan, 45-33 on Tuesday night.
“It was a great team win,” said Burns. “We were able to get everyone some minutes and work through the first-game jitters. I’m very proud of our attitude and our effort.”
Leading Scott on a 17-2 run to open the contest was Kaylee Justice who three 3-point buckets in the opening quarter when Hannan’s zone-based defense left the perimeter open for the taking.
“Oh my — she was on fire,” said Burns. “This was her first organized game that I know of. She has been working extremely hard and it has showed. Our offense looks inside out and if we are covered in there, we kick it out and she met the challenge.”
The Lady Skyhawks feature a 6-footer and two 5-11 post players, which drew double-team attention and backside help from the Hannan defense. Sarah Mayse has emerged as the team’s point guard and led the offensive set while protecting the ball.
With the score 39-11 late in the third period, Scott began substituting. Hannan went on a 22-7 tear in the fourth but it was too little too late as Scott (1-0) rolled to victory.
“These girls go hard,” said Burns. “I think we are going to surprise some people with our play.”
Leading all Scott scorers was Emily Foley with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Allison Mathews had two points, Sarah Mayse had nine points, including two treys, Brooke Burns had six points and five boards, Mary Boggess had four rebounds, Kaylee Justice had nine points and two rebounds, Chloe Older had five points and Randi Buckner had two points.
Hannan was led by Madison Staggs with 14.