WEIRTON - County rivals Oak Glen and Weir locked horns Thursday night at Weir High School.
The Golden Bears came up big defensively in the fourth quarter, holding the Red Riders to just a pair of shots from the field to pull away for a 54-43 victory.
"It always feels good to get a win down here," said Oak Glen (8-5) head coach Scott Wiley. "They have dangerous shooters, and you just can't relax on them because they shoot and make those 3s.
Players on the Oak?Glen girls’ basketball team try to chase down a loose ball Thursday night at Weir. (Photo by Fred Younce)
"It feels pretty good. We have a goal. We're looking at OVACs, and this is a good step for us."
With Oak Glen leading 42-37 after three quarters the home squad was only able to get a three-pointer from Alyssa Shingle and a two-point basket from Raegan Stead from the field during the final eight minutes.
"We were patient in the fourth quarter," Wiley said. "We got the ball inside. We moved the ball around. We were able to get shots in the paint.
"The girls did a nice job. We were patient on offense, and we got out on their shooters on defense.
"It was a nice win."
Stead also added a free throw as the Red Riders were outscored 12-6 during the fourth.
"We didn't make any shots," said Weir head coach Bill Smith. "You've got to make shots. People who were shooting in the first quarter and first half, had the ball late and didn't want to shoot for some reason. Then people got into positions where they forced things.
"They tried to make things happen on their own. We weren't playing as a group. It doesn't work, it doesn't work at all.
"We'll give them (today) off and get back in the gym Saturday. That's all you can do."
Vanessa Hissam and Logan Andrews paced the Golden Bears in the final frame with four points each.
"I thought we had a real good effort," said Wiley. "We tried to press early on them. They're so darn quick you can't press them too hard though. We tried to get the kids rotated in and wear them down a little bit.
"I think that's what we did. The girls played really tough, and I'm just excited for the win."
Jessica Stivason joined Hissam for team-high honors with 14 points on the night. Andrews joined the pair in double-digits with 10 points.
"It's always nice to beaat a rival," Wiley said.
Hissam also grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists. Stivason pulled down seven rebounds. Casey Patterson netted seven points to go along with four rebounds and three steals.
"They beat us in the paint," said Smith. "I bet they made one or two shots from the outside. They beat us in the paint again. They did what they had to do to win."
Stead scored a game-high 15 points for the Red Riders with Shingle contributing 13 points.
"I think our rotation made the difference," Wiley said. "We played a lot of kids, and I think we wore them down.
"They only subbed one person.
"They have some good shooters. They can make a 3-pointer at any minute. They only hit two in the second half. That definitely helped us."
Oak Glen travels to Madonna Saturday. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
"It is going to be tough going down there," Wiley said. "Coach (Don) Ogden always has his team's ready.
"We are just going to keep plugging away. We have a goal of finishing in the top four in the OVAC."
Weir is on the road at Buckeye Local Thursday.
Oak Glen 54, Weir 43
OG 15-11-16-12 - 54
WE 12-12-13-06 - 43
OG (54): Alex Arnott 0 2-4 2, Casey Patterson 3 1-2 7, Logan Andrews 1 8-11 10, Kaitlyn Herstine 1 0-0 2, Tori Feicht 0 1-2 1, Vanessa Hissam 7 0-0 14, Karly Wiley 2 0-0 4, Jessica Stivason 7 0-0 14. Totals: 21 13-19 54.
WE (43): Raven Young 1 3-4 5, Alyssa Shingle 5 0-0 13, Raegan Stead 6 1-1 15, Shelva Burns 2 0-0 4, Kayla Lemely 2 2-4 6, Lindsey Robinson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 11 5 Shingle 3, Stead 2 4-9 43.
3-Pointers: Weir: 5 (Single 3, Stead 2)