Rested Mohigans beat JMHS, 56-50

The Morgantown Mohigans rallied in the second half to pull past the John Marshall Monarchs on Saturday night at the MHS gymnasium, 56-50.
MHS coach Tom Yester credited the win in part to the full week of practice the team has had since its victory at Elkins last Saturday.
“We had a nice week of practice,” Yester said. “Offensively, we took care of the ball well. We had more assists than turnovers, which is a good thing. We were able to run, their pressure did not bother us and our pressure may have bothered them.”
Morgantown had three players in double figures, led by senior forward J.T. Lewis with 17 points. Junior guard Taylor Dunn and senior center Cameron Taylor added 10 points each.
“We had three guys in double digits which was a big help,” Yester said. “Lunden Ryan and Craig Carey were able to get the ball to the post, which was a big help.”
John Marshall started the game off at a rapid pace, finishing the first quarter with at 14-11 lead, courtesy of a half-court shot from Brock Melko. Both sides applied heavy pressure on defense, with Morgantown limiting the Monarchs’ leading scorer Tanner Defibaugh to 10 points on the night.
Matching pace, Morgantown came back in the second quarter to drop the deficit to one point at the half. J.T. Lewis led the charge by driving in several times to score.
Yester sees room for improvement within the offense, but believes the team can use the momentum from the win in its games against East and West Fairmont, who also run a fast-paced offense similar to John Marshall.
Morgantown plays again on Tuesday against East Fairmont at home at 7:30 p.m.

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Morgantown High’s Taylor Dunn
jumps through two John Marshall defenders during Saturday night’s game.