Charleston, W.Va. – The Glenville State Lady Pioneers defeated the University of Charleston, 74-50, as they win the MEC Conference Tournament Championship.
GSC and UC would both have trouble scoring early in the first half of play in the MEC Conference Tournament Championship game as Charleston would try and slow the game down by stalling, however Ginny Mills would get the Lady Pioneers on the scoreboard first at the 17:10 minute mark after she made a steal and took it all the for the lay-up.
Ginny would not be finished there as on the next possession she would drill a deep three-pointer as they took a, 5-2 lead.
The Lady Pioneers would then build an eight point lead, 10-2, at the 14:01 minute mark in the first half. But Charleston would then make a run and cut the Lady Pioneers lead to two, 12-10, at the 12:12 minute mark.
Glenville State would lead the rest of the way into halftime as they went into intermission up eight, 28-20. The Lady Pioneers largest lead in the first half was 10 points.
In the second half of play the Lady Pioneers would build a 13 point lead, 35-22, with 17:04 left to play.
GSC would later extend their lead to 19 points, 47-28, with 7:07 left to play.
The Lady Pioneers would prove to be too much for the Golden Eagles as they would cruise to a 24 point victory, 74-50, and win the Mountain East Conference Tournament Championship.
The Lady Pioneers defense forced 18 turnovers and converted them into 20 points.
GSC had four players score in double figures with Kenyona Simmons leading the way with 16 points and 4 steals. Simmons was also the MVP of the MEC Tournament.
Ginny Mills scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists. Kenyell Goodson scored 11 points and pulled down 9 rebounds, while Tasia Bristow chipped in with 10 points and had 4 assists.
Aesha Peters grabbed a game high 12 rebounds.
Charleston was led by LeAnne Ross as she scored a game high 17 points.
“It’s an honor and I am thrilled to be the coach here at Glenville State College, and I would like to dedicate this championship to Glenville State, “ stated first year head coach Charles “Cookie” Marshall.
Glenville State will now wait and see where they end up in the NCAA Division II Basketball Regional Tournament.
Mountain East Conference All-Tournament Team
Liz Flower (West Liberty)
Lexy Carson (West Virginia State)
Tasia Bristow (Glenville State)
Chyress Lockhart (Charleston)
Kenyona Simmons (Glenville State)
Ginny Mills (Glenville State)
Kenyell Goodson (Glenville State)
LeAnna Ross (Charleston)
MVP- Kenyona Simmons (Glenville State)