Wyoming East beats Fairmont Senior 54-26 for Class AA title

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kara Sandy came off the bench to score 17 points as Wyoming East rolled over Fairmont Senior 54-26 in the girls Class AA state championship game Saturday.

It was the first girls’ state championship for Wyoming East (23-2), which was formed in 1998 by the consolidation of Mullens and Pineville high schools.

Sandy, a sophomore who missed half the season with a right knee injury, had 14 points in the first half as the Warriors jumped out to a 26-17 lead.

Behind Gabby Lupardus, who also had 17 points, Wyoming East increased the lead to 40-24 after three.

Wyoming East held Fairmont Senior to just two points in the final quarter and a season-low nine in the second half.

Abby Stoller led Fairmont Senior (23-5) with 11 points.

Emily Saunders had eight points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots for Wyoming East.

Gilmer County ends St. Joseph’s 7-year Class A title run

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emile Jedamski hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 54 seconds left and second-seeded Gilmer County shocked No. 1 St. Joseph 42-41 in the girls Class AA championship game Saturday to end the Irish’s seven-year title run.

Riley Fitzwater had 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots for Gilmer County, which won its first girls state title.

Gilmer County (25-2) overcame a 27-15 halftime deficit with Kylie Shuff scoring 11 of her game-high 20 points in the third quarter. Gilmer outscored St. Joseph 11-2 over the final 4:24 of the third to cut the lead to 34-33.

After St. Joseph went back up by five, a Shuff basket, a Fitzwater free throw and Jedamski’s 3-pointer gave Gilmer the lead for good.

Tyesha Taylor, who had 16 points for St. Joseph (21-4), had a chance to tie the game but missed the second of two free throws with nine seconds remaining.

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