PARKERSBURG - Senior center Miranda Workman played a career game with 20 points and 15 rebounds to spark host and top sectional seed Parkersburg South to a 72-44 romp against second seed Wheeling Park on Friday night for the Class AA Region One, Section One championship and a berth in next week's regional.
In a Class AAA top-10 duel between No. 6 South and No. 8 Park, the host team - dominating the boards and defensively stifling Park - turned a 19-15 edge after one quarter into a 33-22 halftime lead, then a 52-34 advantage after three periods en route to the rout.
South (16-7) will play host University on Tuesday while Park (14-9) travels Morgantown the same night for 7 p.m. regional matchups with a pair of state-tournament trips on the line.
Sophomore Keya Bartlett led South with 25 points, 14 in the second half when the hosts put the game away by outscoring Park, 53-29. After Workman, who also had four blocks, came freshman point guard Taryn McCutcheon with 17 points and seven assists.
For Park, Haley Robb led with 15 points, followed by Emily Puskarich with 10.
Workman was a force to be reckoned with inside right from the start Friday. Her back-to-back rebound buckets earned South a 4-4 tie before Bartlett tallied nine straight South points, with her second trey in the personal run giving the hosts the lead for good at 13-11. Workman then canned a shot from the corner with three seconds left to give South a four-point lead at the quarter break.
In the second stanza, South took control of the game with a 14-7 point advantage as Workman had two more rebound buckets, and the third quarter saw South top Park again by a 19-12 margin behind a Bartlett 10-point period to surge ahead by 18 going to the fourth quarter.
In fact, an 8-0 third-quarter start by South so frustrated Park head coach Dee Davis that disgusted with her team's play, she subbed for her entire first team for more than a minute. But that didn't help Park as South continued to roll with the spread reaching 23 at 48-25 on a Bartlett hoop at the 3:49 mark.