Minutemaids Finish One Game Short of States

Emily Talbert, staff reporter

The Minutemaids basketball ended its season falling short of a state tourney bid.

The team fell short of a sectional title defeating Liberty (54-39), but losing to RCB in the sectional championship (39-32).

The ‘Maids advanced to Regionals but lost to the state runner-up Fairmont Senior ( 77-28).

The girls said one of the highlights of the season was when they went on a seven-game win streak. This win streak came following a tough start for the ‘Maids which included several losses to ranked opponents.

The young team lost all five starters from last year and found itself starting the season with games playing against AAA and AAAA ranked schools in Ripley (77-37) Greenbrier East (62-32) Buckhannon Upshur (64-27) and Fairmont Senior (87-20). The team also faced Parkersburg Catholic, a AA team (61-14). The only early season win came with the OT win against Liberty (41-40).

Momentum improved at the LCHS Holiday Tournament where the  ‘Maids beat Moorefield (56-54) and Southern Garrett (47-20) High Schools.

The ‘Maids then defeated Grafton (48-37),  Clay-Battelle (58-32), Bridgeport (41-31), Preston (42-38) and Elkins (47-36).

“They have changed so much as a team since the beginning of the season,” Coach Joe Nichols said.

The Maids did not reach their goal of returning to states at the Charleston Civic Center, but they did grow as a team and individual players.

Both coaches and players said they were proud of all the goals they achieved this basketball season.

They said they were especially appreciative of the fan support demonstrated at many of the Maids’ games. Players said it was a great environment to all players and fans.

As the maids season came to an end, they ended their record 10-14 and 7-6 in the Big 10 conference.

Team highlights can be found by logging into Hudl. https://www.hudl.com, while stats can be found on https://www.maxpreps.com.

The players said they are looking forward to next season and hopefully achieving their goals of going to states for the 2023 basketball year.

The Maids lost 5 seniors–Lauren Wyatt, Emma Post, Brooke Butcher, Jalen Romans and Bri Watson but will have much young talent coming up for the 2022-2023 season, plus returning players from last season.

“We are all looking forward to next season.” Junior Elle Stump concluded.