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By Lowell Browning for Fannation-SI While not knowing the political party favorite of Glenville State women's basketball coach Bunky Harkleroad on Friday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center the second-year bench-boss was acting like a Liberal. Liberal, that is, in the usage of his allotment of playing time for his entire squad. Harkleroad's combination of mixing pressure/trapping defensive schemes and usage of all eleven players of the Pioneers team compounded to pave the way for a 110-87 victory over a gritty Concord team. Concord trailed but by eight points in the early going in Friday's semi-final tilt of the WVIAC, before a defensive led surge by the Pioneers ignited some quick points on the other end for the winners. A steal and an ensuing coast-to-coast layup by senior spark-plug Miranda Reed and the veteran point guard added a deep three-ball from the top of the circle.While the Lady Pioneer defense created steals and deflected passes on the perimeter the post play for the winners showed plenty of 'help' and altered eight Concord shots. 'That's pretty much us," said Coach Harkleroad. "We try to play fast, bring a lot of energy and effort. This time of year you really hope to have your defense playing as well as they have all year. for the most part we did that today." The defense-to-offense style flooded the Blue and White scoring and the Pioneers had explored a 41-17 advantage with 7:12 left in the opening half. At intermission Glenville State headed to the dressing room with a 60-36 command and held a couple of 27 point advantages. An illustration as to the difference in depth was reflected in the opening stanza as Glenille State held a bench-scoring advantage of 29-4 before intermission. The winners connected on eight treys during their first half scoring explosion. Another pattern shown was the 10 first-half turnovers committed by the Lady Lions. To their credit, Concord battled back and did cut the Glenville lead to 14 points (79-65, at the 10:51 mark) in half number two but the Pioneer depth proved too much for the Lady Mountain Lions. "I thought that we did (wear down the Concord girls), at times," observed Coach Harkleroad. "I'll tell you, though, Coach Osborne (Concord sideline boss, Kenny) does a great job and they are hard to turnover. They have three good ballhandlers, including Brown." Brown is, of course, Jolysa Brown. Brown, a standout from West Virginia high school girls power Summers County High, fired home 27 points and gathered 14 rebounds for her conference-leading 18th double-double for the season. "When you go up against them (GSU) you have to know that they will hit you in spurts," quipped Coach Osborne. "You have to handle it and it's how you react to those runs that counts." Sidney Lindsey added 24 markers and Concord's Amanda Smith tallied ten points to give the 17-12 Lions three double figurer scorers on Friday. Harkleroad's girls caged the Lions on the backboards, owning a 53-40 bulge in rebounding and the most damaging was the number of offensive boards (22) that the already high-octane Pioneer offense converted on with regularity. The winners used Coach Harkleroad's five-in and five-out player rotation and the fewest number of minutes was one Lady Pioneer with seven minutes. "I give a lot of credit to my assistant and staff," Coach Harkleroad noted. "Coach Marshall (GSU assistant, Charles) and Cody (Pioneer student assistant Cody Gilmore) do a great job of planning for our opponents. They are very good at finding a team's tendencies. They are important in our success." The winners also had eight players who scored at least six points and were paced by Tenisha Wilson's 20 points. Wilson was joined in double figures by GSU teammates Autumn Davis (18), Mishael Miles(17), Kenyell Goodson(13) and Kim Stevens (10). In a 6:30 start today Glenville will face a University of Charleston Lady Golden Eagle team that has split a pair of games with GSU. On January 10, at GSU, the host received double figure scoring from Miles, Goodson and Wilson and posted an 89-74 win. On Feb. 12th the Pioneers came calling on Charleston for the rematch and before the Eagles rallied for a dramatic 100-95 victory over GSU the guest Pioneers had taken a 57-41 halftime lead. "It affected us. It sure did," summarized Coach Harkleroad. "It was a tough loss and to be honest it was hard to get over. But, I really think that it made us better. I feel like we grew from that game."

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