Cold Shooting Spells End Of Lady Pioneers’ Season In State Tournament

The 2nd seed Wayne Lady Pioneers only hit 17-of-70 shots as they fell in a shocking, 49-45, upset to the 7th seed Sissonville Lady Indians on Thursday in the WVSSAC Class AAA Girls State Basketball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.

Earlier in the season, Wayne (24-2) defeated the Lady Indians (15-10), 65-37, but Sissonville got off to a hot start for a 10-5 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Indians extended their lead right before the intermission as Madison McCutcheon drilled a deep 3-point shot as time expired to give Sissonville a 25-18 lead. Sissonville extended its lead out to 11 points before Wayne started cutting into the lead and made it a 35-31 game at the end of the third period, setting up a back and forth final quarter.

Wayne found itself up, 45-42, with 1:01 showing on the clock when a Sissonville basket and Lady Pioneer turnover set the stage for a dagger 3-point shot from Haley Jarrett to put the Lady Indians out front with 0:41 left. Two free throws iced the game for the Lady Indians.

“It’s a tough day for us,” said Wayne head coach Wade Williamson. “But I am very proud of this program and proud of these kids. We had a lot of naysayers, even though we were 24-1. It just wasn’t our day. They just made more plays than we did and got the win. We took 23 more shots from the floor and got beat. That tells you everything that you need to know.”

Brooke Adkins led the Lady Pioneers with 16 points. Addie Adkins followed with 12 points. Mikayla Stacy netted 7 points. Laneigh Brooks scored 5 points. Kiya Brown added 4 points. Eve Brown finished with 1 point.

Sissonville was paced by Kynna Britton’s 16 points. Jarrett followed with 14 points. Makaela Ullman scored 11 points. McCutcheon scored 6 points. Ava Hillabold dropped in 2 points.

Wayne (45) – Brooke Adkins 16, Addie Adkins 12, Mikayla Stacy 7, Laneigh Brooks 5, Kiya Brown 4, Eve Brown 1

Sissonville (49) – Kynna Britton 16, Haley Jarrett 14, Makaela Ullman 11, Madison McCutcheon 6, Ava Hillabold 2

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