February 14, 2011 by wcobserver
By Brent Harrison
WEST FORK- The Lady Tigers picked up three big conference wins to run its win streak to eight consecutive games. West Fork began last week with a 56-24 win over Elkins, the Lady Tigers jumped out to the early lead and maintained things down the stretch in a 54-31 makeup win over Cedarville on Wednesday. On Friday, the Tigers turned up the second half intensity and came away with a 55-34 win at Lincoln.
West Fork 56, Elkins 24
After a nip and tuck first half that saw the Tigers whistled for eight fouls, West Fork put that behind them and played its game in the second.
“[Melissa] Jones gets two fouls three minutes into the first quarter and that just put us in a bad spot,” West Fork coach Nathan Wells said. “We had a sophomore Sydney Franklin come in and do a great job for us. She scored for us in the first half and picked up her defense and showed a lot of toughness. We just hung in there in the first half and weathered all of those problems.”
“We came back in the second half and played smart,” he said. “We played tough and started getting some good looks and hitting them.”
With West Fork (16-6, 5-0) holding a 21-20 halftime lead, the Tigers went on an 11-0 run to begin the third quarter. West Fork opened a 32-22 lead on a Sarah Sagely steal and subsequent layin at 2:48 of the quarter.
A 9-2 unanswered Tiger scoring spree to begin the final period saw West Fork go up 44-28 with 5:25 left in regulation on a Madeline McCorkle trey.
“We played together as a team in the second half,” he said. “We helped each other out. We really hung in there and then the flood gates opened a little for us.”
West Fork 10 11 14 20 – 55
Lincoln 6 14 6 8 – 34
West Fork – S. Franklin 25, Jones 11, Sagely 7, Fraley 6, McCorkle 4, Snowden 2.
Lincoln – Baldridge 13, Summers 11, Goldman 6, Thordson 2, Neely 2.
West Fork 56, Elkins 24
The Tigers were in control from the opening tip on Colors Day. West Fork turned in a 36 first half while holding the Lady Elks to 15.
“I thought we got off to a little bit of a slow start but by the time the second quarter rolled around I thought we were in sync,” Wells said. “We were playing well defensively and getting good shots offensively. I was proud of our effort tonight.”
Jones scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and the Tigers took a 48-18 lead after three quarters.
“We just did everything solidly,” he said. “We got good shots and played well defensively, I was pleased with the victory. That’s a conference win and that’s the most important thing.”
West Fork 21 15 12 8 56
Elkins 9 6 3 6 – 24
West Fork – Jones 17, Fraley 8, Sagely 7, McCorkle 6, S. Franklin 5, Clark 5, R. Franklin 4, Worley 2, Findahl 2.
Elkins – Fennell 9, Smith 4, Dyke 3, Dunean 3, Strong 2, Helms 2, Fernandez 1.
West Fork 54, Cedarville 31
Jones and Christy Fraley combined for 28 points in the paint as West Fork held a 51-21 lead after three quarters.
“We had them out matched size wise if you can believe that,” Wells said. “We got a lot of easy baskets inside.” We played hard, played good defense and got a good win for us.”
Jones led the Tigers with 15, Fraley added 13 and Maddie McCorkle hit for 11 including three behind the arc.
West Fork traveled to Greenland on Tuesday, hosts Lincoln on Wednesday and has Green Forest at home on Friday. The week after sees the Lady Tigers at Cedarville on Tuesday, and they end the regular season at Elkins Friday