(PHILIPPI, W.Va.) – The first battle in Philippi went the way of the Cavaliers as Walsh took down Alderson Broaddus 83-46 on Thursday evening. With the win, the Cavs (11-7, 8-4) swept the season series from the Battlers (4-13, 2-12).
Coach Kate Bruce's battalion never trailed during the contest and started the game with the first three baskets with layups by Kimmie Borck and Mayci Sales before a jumper by Alex Hochstedler. It was a sign of things to come as all three scored in double-figures. Borck and Hochstedler both had game-high honors with 13 points each. Sales was one marker behind with 12.
Overall the offense was well balanced and consistent. Five other Cavaliers scored at least five points and overall the team shot 50 percent on 32-of-64 from the field. On top of that, Walsh dished out 22 assists on the night.
The defense shined as well as Walsh directly forced a majority of AB's 25 turnovers with 16 steals. As if that wasn't enough, the Cavs blocked a season-best eight Battler shots. The hosts finished the night shooting just 30.8 percent.
AB was able to get within four just after the start of the second quarter when a pair of free throws made the score 20-16, but a 21-6 run started to put the game out of reach. A third quarter where Walsh outscored AB 23-7 was the final nail in the coffin.
The Battlers were led by Jordan Parker who tied Bock and Hochstedler with 13 points.
Walsh will remain in the Mountain State and head to Elkins to take on Davis & Elkins on Saturday. Tip-off with the Senators is set for 12 p.m.