Bruce McKean\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nPCHS \u2013 83\r\nTygarts Valley \u2013 44\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County High School Lady Warriors hosted the Lady Bulldogs of Tygarts Valley High School and a big group of fans January 11.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nPCHS senior Sarah Ryder came out strong and scored 13 points and grabbed four offensive rebounds in the first quarter.\u00a0 TVHS freshman Abby Lanham and sophomore Abby Harris each hit a three in the first frame.\u00a0 PCHS had an early 8-0 run, and the Warriors took the first stanza 22-10.\r\n \u00a0\r\nTVHS had its best effort in the second period with Lanham and Harris each nailing one and two threes respectively.\u00a0 Ryder\u2019s 10 points and five boards kept PCHS in the quarter, and Pocahontas took it 16-14 for a 38-24 lead at the half.\u00a0 TVHS had one 8-0 run late in the period.\r\n\r\nTwo PCHS runs, 5-0 and 12-0, enabled the Warriors to take the third stanza 25-11 to up their lead to 63-35.\u00a0 Kelley got on the board in the quarter with 13 points.\r\n\r\nKelley led all players in the fourth frame with 10 points, and PCHS cemented the 83-44 win.\u00a0 PCHS improves to 5-4 and 2-2 in the PVC, while TVHS drops to 3-7 and also 2-2 in the PVC. \u00a0\r\n\r\nRyder had her career scoring game with 31 points and 16 rebounds for the double-double.\u00a0 Ryder\u2019s 31 points equals the fifth best scoring game in PCHS history that matches Miranda McNabb\u2019s 31 points at Buffalo on February 4, 2012.\u00a0 New assistant PCHS girls basketball coach Chloe Bland holds the school record of 38 points in a Class AA James Monroe game held December 22, 2011.\u00a0\r\n\r\nKelley totaled 23 points and a game-high five deflections.\u00a0 Harris of TVHS matched the 23 points and hit six threes in the game.\u00a0 PCHS out-rebounded TVHS 58-28 with freshman Charity Warder almost getting a double-double of nine points, 10 rebounds and five assists.\u00a0 Freshman Alexa Taylor matched the 10 \u00a0rebounds and dished out five assists.\u00a0 Freshman Laila Calhoun put up 13 points and nine rebounds, just missing a double-double.\u00a0 Senior Lindsey Hartzell tallied seven boards and a game-high six assists.\u00a0 The three freshmen all had their career rebounding efforts. TVHS freshman Abby Lanham scored nine points, making three treys.\r\n\r\nTVHS coach Nancy Lewis said her team has struggled at times since the loss of sophomore starter Courtney Haddix to a knee injury several games ago.\u00a0 PCHS junior Haley Bennett had to leave the game after hitting her head when she and a TVHS player collided with 2:45 to go in the game.\r\n\r\nPCH \u2013 43\r\nGreater Beckley Christian \u2013 40\r\n\r\nPCHS traveled to Prosperity January 14 on a foggy and rainy day to face the Crusaders of Greater Beckley Christian.\u00a0 The small gym looks new, and there were new metal bleachers with three rows of seats on one side of the gym and a larger section of older wooden bleachers behind one basket. \u00a0I enjoyed watching the game action close-up and right behind the basket.\r\n\r\nHartzell hit a field goal and two threes to lead all scorers in the first period.\u00a0 Warder grabbed three rebounds against their six foot top scorer, senior Lauren Smith, and Taylor had three deflections.\u00a0 The strong PCHS start resulted in a 16-8 lead as PCHS shot 40 percent from the field in the first frame.\r\n\r\nGBC rebounded in the second period when PCHS shot only 22 percent over the second and third frames and made only five field goals.\u00a0 GBC freshman Grace Mitchell, number 00, stepped up her game and was on her way to being game-high scorer with 19 points including five threes. GBC took the second 15-5, and PCHS took the third 9-7.\u00a0 The game was tied at 30-30 going into the fourth frame.\r\n\r\nWarder led the Warriors with five points and a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter, and PCHS was happy to come away with the 43-40 win.\u00a0 The Crusaders missed several foul shots near game\u2019s end that could have changed the outcome of the contest. The game was tied six times in the first half, and our biggest lead in the second half was five points at 43-38 late in the game.\u00a0 GBC\u2019s biggest lead in the second half was by one point at 34-33.\r\n\r\nPCHS improved to 6-4 while GBC drops to 5-7.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nRyder was PCHS high scorer with 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks.\u00a0 Hartzell and GBC senior Lydia Jordan were next with 11 points each.\u00a0 Kelley put up nine points and four deflections.\u00a0 Warder grabbed eight rebounds and sank six points.\u00a0 Taylor matched five points with five assists.\u00a0 The entire squad had a great defensive effort, and PCHS had a season-low of only nine turnovers versus 20 for GBC.\u00a0 The 20 PCHS rebounds was the lowest this season versus 25 for the Crusaders.\r\n\r\nThe Tucker County Mountain Lions, who are ranked #1 in Class A in two polls\/rankings and #4 and #5 in the other two, will travel to PCHS Friday, January 20, for a 5:45 p.m. JV contest and a 7:30 p.m. Varsity game.\u00a0 Both the PCHS varsity girls and boys teams head to Van in Boone County Saturday, January 21, for games at 1 and 3 p.m. respectively.\u00a0 Richwood will bring their varsity girls team to PCHS on Tuesday, January 24, for a 6 p.m. rematch.