Lady Pioneers Take the Lead in WVIAC StandingsBy Jessie Kimble | January 24th, 2013 | Category: Lead Story, Sports | No Comments »
On Monday, the Fairmont State Falcons took on the Lady Pioneers in what was a fight to the finish. It was bucket to bucket for most of the first half, before the Pioneers took a seven point lead right before the half, 47-40.
In the second half, the Lady Falcons battled back to retake the lead 82-81, with just over two minutes left to play. After Kenyona Simmons fouled FSU’s point guard, Kaitlin Snyder, the Lady Falcons extended their lead by three, 84-81.
On the next possession, Jelena Elez was fouled on her drive to the cup; Elez hit both of her free throws which helped cut Fairmont’s lead back to one 84-83 with only 24 seconds left on the clock. Fairmont State inbounded the ball, but it wasn’t long before Ginny Mills swiped the ball and scored a lay-up putting the Lady Pioneers up one with seven seconds left. The Lady Falcons had one more chance to seal the win, but weren’t able to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.
The Pioneers earned their tenth win against a WVIAC opponent, making them first in the WVIAC standings with a record of 10-1 in conference and 15-2 overall.
Kenyell Goodson led the Lady Pioneers in scoring with 19 points. Ginny Mills, Kenyona Simmons, and Jelena Elez each had 13 points. Mills also had eight rebounds and collected six steals in the win. Elez led the team in assists with four.
The Pioneers will return to home action on Thursday against Bluefield State at 5:30P.M.