Mohigans clinch conference title
Polar Bears fall in OT

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    Morgantown High sent its seniors off in style Thursday night — Senior Night — defeating Fairmont Senior, 61-58, in overtime.
    The win also clinched the conference championship for the Mohigans. Morgantown closed a Fairmont Senior lead in regulation play, and force the extra period. MHS pulled ahead in overtime on a key three-pointer by Ryan Parsons.
    Senior Sam Runner led the Mohigans’ scoring attack with 14 points, followed by Parsons, also a senior, with 11 points, and Taylor Price with 10 points. Fairmont Senior’s Ty Garrison led all scorers with 20 points.
    During the fourth quarter, Morgantown found itself down, 54-49, but managed to tie the game back up with four minutes to go.
    In overtime, Morgantown was able to limit Fairmont Senior to just two points in the fourminute period. Parsons’ threepointer put MHS ahead, 59-56 with under two minutes left. He also hit one of two free throws to give the Mohigans a 60-56 lead.
    The Polar Bears responded with a layup, cutting the lead to 60-58. Morgantown got the ball back, but quickly turned the ball over with less than 30 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Fairmont Senior’s Andrew Marra tried to pass to a teammate underneath the hoop, but MHS stole it. Sam Lusk was fouled and hit one of two free throws. Fairmont Senior got the ball with 2 sec- onds left, but couldn’t take the ball down the court in time. Morgantown coach Tom Yester said that the win was important for the seniors.
    “The key is, this is the kids’ night,” Yester said.
    Other Mohigan seniors playing in the night’s game were Luke Neador and Jordan Barnett.
    Yester pointed to the Mohigans’ play on defense in the second half as playing a key role in the win.
    “We got better defensively as the game went on. We forced them into hard shots,” he said. In overtime, Yester noted, “We worked the ball inside, and Parsons made the three.”
    Another of Morgantown’s seniors, Nathan Columbo, who scored 8 points on the night, said that the game had “pretty much a tournament atmosphere.” He added that to win on Senior Night was “all you could ask for.” Runner echoed Columbo’s thoughts.
    “It’s wonderful to win on Senior Night, especially against Fairmont Senior,” Runner said. He said that in overtime, the Mohigans were able to play solid defense, which made the difference. About winning the NCAC championship with the win, Runner was pleased.
    “I like how that sounds,” he said.
Runner 6 2-6 14 Price 3 4-4 10 Keffer 0 0-0 0 Lusk 2 1-3 7 Blemings 0 0-0 0 Barnett 3 1-2 8 Meador 1 0-0 3 Parsons 4 1-2 11 Columbo 2 4-4 8. Totals 21 13-21 61.
    FAIRMONT SENIOR Sevier 3 2-2 9 Garrison 7 2-6 20 Marra 4 0-0 9 Logan 5 0-0 14 Moore 2 1-2 6 Travon Horton 0 0-0 0 Flowers 0 0-0 0 Osbourn 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 5-10 58. Morgantown 21 10 18 7 5 — 61 Fairmont Senior 17 17 14 8 2 — 58
    3-point goals: Morgantown 6 (Parsons 2, Lusk 2, Barnett, Meador), Fairmont Sr. 11 (Garrison 4 Logan 4, Sevier, Marra, Moore).