Bruce McKean\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nPCHS Varsity, 43\r\nEast Hardy Varsity, 56\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Lady Warriors lost at East Hardy on December 16 by 16 points, 29-45, and EHHS took every quarter in that contest.\u00a0 The Lady Cougars traveled to PCHS February 6 for another match up, and EHHS again prevailed with a closer 13-point victory, 43-56.\u00a0 This time PCHS came out strong and took the first two quarters by scores of 17-15 and 14-12 for a 31-27 half-time lead.\u00a0 East Hardy regrouped and took the last two quarters 16-8 and 13-4.\u00a0\r\n\r\nPCHS was called for more fouls, 25 versus 17 for EHHS, and Ryder, freshman Laila Calhoun and freshman Alexa Taylor would all foul out in the game.\u00a0 For whatever reason, that just never happens to PCHS.\u00a0 The Lady Cougars got to shoot 15 of their 31 foul shots in the last frame, and PCHS was awarded 10 foul shots the first half and only three in the second half.\u00a0 The game was tied at 21-21 in the second quater and 33-33 in the third quarter.\r\n\r\nPCHS senior Sarah Ryder came into the game needing only 14 points to hit 1,000 points in her four-year varsity career.\u00a0 Ryder hit her last field goal in the game at 8:48 p.m. with 1:06 to go in the third quarter, a two-pointer, and that moved her into the 1,000 Point Club.\u00a0 That basket also moved the Lady Warriors within one point of the Cougars, 39-40.\u00a0 Ryder and senior Mary Kelley each scored one basket in the fourth quarter, but EHHS took over the game scoring 16 more points.\r\n\r\nRyder was PCHS high scorer with 13 points and seven rebounds.\u00a0 She now has the fifth highest career points in school history with a total of 1,002 behind #1 Chloe Bland 08-12 - 1408 points, #2 Tristin Day 11-15 - 1,178, #3 Jennifer Young 90-94 - 1,155 and #4 Shelby Snead 07-11 - 1,023.\u00a0 Young played ball when PCHS was in Class AA and still had freshmen teams, so she saw little action on the varsity squad her freshman year. Ryder is also currently #2 with 645 career rebounds behind #1 assistant PCHS Coach Chloe Bland\u2019s 830.\u00a0\r\n\r\nRyder\u2019s point totals each of her first three years were 235, 255 and 307.\u00a0 Her rebound yearly totals were 138, 163 and 221.\u00a0 Her junior season rebounding total of 221 is third in school history behind Bland and Mindy Sharp 05-06 \u00a0with 255 and 249 respectively.\r\n\r\nHigh scorers for EHHS, now 8-10 and 5-5 in the PVC, were Brook Miller - 19, Abby Wilson - 16 and Julia Hahn - 13. EHHS improves to 8-10 and 5-5 in the PVC.\r\n\r\nPCHS JV, 58\r\nEast Hardy JV, 28\r\n\r\nThe PCHS JV team improved to 7-3 and 3-2 in the PVC with a dominate team effort \u00a058-28 over EHHS.\u00a0 The two teams met on December 18, and PCHS also prevailed 38-11.\r\n\r\nGame high scorers were sophomore Aliza Carr and freshman Kira Birtcher, both with 13 points.\u00a0 PCHS out rebounded EHHS 38 to 13 and stole the ball 23 times. \u00a0PCHS improves to 7-3 and 3-2 in the PVC.\r\n\r\nPCHS Varsity, 64\r\nTygarts Valley Varsity, 46\r\n\r\nA big following of PCHS fans traveled to Tygarts Valley February 10 for the annual battle at Mill Creek.\u00a0 The Lady Warriors took the first two frames 19-9 and 17-14 for a 36-23 lead at half-time.\u00a0 Bulldog sophomore Abby Harris hit for 12 points in the third stanza, and TVHS took the period 19-7 cutting the PCHS lead to 43-42 going into the final frame.\r\n\r\nPCHS stormed back in the last quarter with a 21-4 stomping to win 64-46.\u00a0 Ryder and Harris were game high scorers with 19 points each.\u00a0 Kelley and TVHS freshman Abby Lanham were next with 18 points each. \u00a0PCHS freshman Charity Warder was third high scorer with eight points and 10 rebounds, while Ryder\u2019s 11 rebounds gave her a another double-double.\r\n\r\nThe young TVHS team of seven players dropped to 6-14 and 2-5 in the PVC. \u00a0PCHS improved to 9-8 and 4-5 in the PVC.\r\n\r\nPCHS Varsity, 46\r\nPendleton County Varsity, 42\r\n\r\nPCHS head coach Mike Kane reported that the annual Pink-out game for breast cancer awareness was held February 11.\u00a0 The game and fundraising was another huge success and drew the biggest crowd of the season.\u00a0 Kane and assistant coaches Allen Taylor and Chloe Bland expected a good game after Pendleton County upset PCHS at Franklin on January 31 by a score of 59-52.\r\n\r\nThe Lady Warriors prevailed in the first frame 15-6, but the Wildcats rebounded with a 17-12 quarter to narrow the PCHS lead to 25-23 at the half. \u00a0Pendleton senior Caylie Simmons erupted for nine points in the third \u00a0leading the Wildcats to a 37-35 lead going into the final quarter.\u00a0 Again PCHS met the challenge in the last period and took it 11-6 for the 46-42 win.\r\n\r\nSimmons and Ryder shared game high scoring honors with 16 points each.\u00a0 Kelley, playing with a sore knee, was next with 12 points.\u00a0 Ryder tallied another double-double with 11 rebounds. \u00a0Pendleton won the rebounding effort 36-27 while PCHS had much fewer turnovers, 6 to 23.\u00a0 Pocahontas improves to 10-8 and 5-5 in the PVC. \u00a0Pendleton drops to 8-11 and 6-8 in the PVC.\r\n\r\nThe PCHS varsity next hosts Webster County Wednesday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nThe PCHS girls and boys varsity squads travel to Moorefield Thursday, February 16, where the girls play at 5:45 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nGirls sectional games can begin as early as February 17 through February 25.\u00a0 Boys sectional games are from February 24 through March 4.\r\n\r\nPCHS JV, 43\r\nPendleton County JV, 24\r\n\r\nEleven girls played in their last PCHS JV game this season at the Pink Out on Saturday, and they finished 8-3 and 4-2 in the PVC.\u00a0 The fans have enjoyed the play of this team and come to love the four exchange students from Mexico, Spain and Germany.\u00a0 Eleven players saw action, and nine of them scored, \u00a0PCHS took every quarter, and Carr was game high scorer with 17 points. \u00a0PCHS committed many fewer turnovers, 22 to 42 for the Wildcats. \u00a0Pendleton grabbed more rebounds, 30-24.