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Weir High girls fall just short in sectional final

Isabella Aperfine

FARMINGTON — No matter what would have transpired Friday night, the Weir High girls basketball team was headed to the Class AAA Region 1 tournament no matter what.

What happened was a near major upset in the sectional championship against top-seeded North Marion.

The Red Riders, who are the second seed in Section 1, held a three-point halftime lead and later was tied almost midway through the fourth quarter. However, a fast scoring run propelled North Marion to a 64-52 victory.

“I was just telling someone never in a million years would I have thought that we’d be tied or have the lead against North Marion in this situation,” Weir High head coach Rick Stead said. “The girls played fantastic compared to the last time we played them. I told after that if we play confident and relaxed with the same effort we gave on Tuesday (in the sectional semifinal against Wheeling Central), we could go to Charleston.”

Weir High (6-9) led 18-11 after one quarter and 28-25 at the break. It held its own in the third quarter, though North Marion took a 43-39 advantage into the final stanza.

The Red Riders fought back and tied the contest on multiple occasions, with the final one occurring at 46-46. North Marion then bolted on a quick 8-0 scoring run to pull away.

“They put the whammy on us, got some turnovers and hit some quick buckets,” Stead said.

Isabella Aperfine led Weir High with 16 points. Leah Maley netted 14, and Taylor Nutter added 11.

Overall, the Red Riders shot just 13 of 25 from the foul line but 7 for 10 in the fourth.

“Leah hustled for loose balls. Bella had a great game,” Stead said. “We hit a lot of shots, which is a little different for us. We played a good game overall.”

For North Marion (10 for 13 at the charity stripe collectively), Olivia Toland scored a game-high 25 points. Karlie Denham had 13.

Weir High is back in action for the regional tournament Tuesday at Hampshire, who won the Section 2 championship over Keyser, 41-30.

North Marion 64, Weir High 52

Weir High 18 10 11 13 — 52

North Marion 11 14 18 21 — 64

WEIR HIGH (6-9): Hoover 2 0-1 4; I. Aperfine 6 3-4 16; S. Aperfine 2 3-6 7; Baker 0 2-2 2; Maley 5 4-10 14; Nutter 5 1-2 11. TOTALS: 20, 13-25: 52.

NORTH MARION: Denham 4 5-6 13; Toland 10 2-2 25; Stemple 2 0-2 4; Freels 3 0-2 8; Beaty 1 0-0 3; Keiere 1 0-0 2; Shelosky 0 0-0 0; McIntosh 0 0-0 0; Carson 3 3-3 9. TOTALS: 24, 10-13: 64.

3-POINT GOALS: Weir High 1 (I. Aperfine); North Marion 6 (Toland 3, Freels 2, Beaty).

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