By Kyle Lutz, Sports Editor
In their first game last week, they pulled out a win against Alderson-Broaddus 63-58 in the ASRC. In the win, West Liberty knocked down twelve three-pointers with half of them coming from Kayla Ayers.
Hillary Southworth contributed four three-point field goals and also had a 20 point game.
The Hilltoppers never trailed during the game and led by as much as 14 when Erica Hershberger passed the ball to Emily Blevins and she laid it in. Hershberger led the game with four assists and she surpassed the 300 career assist mark.
In their next game, West Liberty traveled to Institute, W.Va. where the Hilltoppers lost a hard fought battle to West Virginia State 88-78.
The Yellowjackets took advantage at the free throw line as they hit 27 straight foul shots. They finished the day only missing one, going 29-of-30.
Ayers had another hot day from behind the three point arc hitting eight. With her career night, she surpassed 200 career three point field goals making her the tenth Hilltopper to do so.
The senior is currently tied for eighth all time three points with Shay Glauser with a total of 204.
Ayers also passed another milestone as she has more than 500 rebounds.
The final game of the week came against conference leading Glenville. A good effort fell just a bit short for West Liberty 75-66.
The Hilltoppers came back from a double digit deficit to make it a one point game after Hillary Southworth hit a shot.
But a disappointing first half plagued the Hilltoppers.
West Liberty went into the locker room with one less turnover (21) than points (22).
A very good Glenville full court press held the Hilltoppers to just five shots from the floor.
A different Hilltopper team came out of the locker room to start the second half.
Shanae Ash came off the bench and led the Hilltoppers in points with 18, also a career high.
“We thought coming into this game that the match-ups and pace would really play to Shanae’s strengths,” West Liberty head coach Lynn Ullom said to hilltoppersports.com.
“We told her she might have an opportunity to get some major minutes today and I’m very proud of Shanae for taking advantage of that opportunity. She gave us a great performance.”
The Lady Toppers played against West Virginia Wesleyan Monday night. That game was played after the Trumpet went to press. They play against rival Wheeling Jesuit tonight.
Looking ahead to next week, the Hilltoppers are currently ranked seventh in the WVIAC.
If they stay in the top eight, they get a home game for the first round in the WVIAC tournament.