CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — For the second time in three games to start the season, the Tug Valley Panthers faced a top 10 team in Class A as they traveled up north to play a Saturday evening game against the No. 7 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Panthers won their first matchup against a top 10 team, a 56-55 win over No. 2 Greater Beckley Christian, but did not have the same fate in this one as the Irish ran away with a 66-46 home win.
The game was never in doubt for coach Jarrod West and his squad as they came out of the locker room red hot and took an 18-9 lead after one quarter of play. Tug Valley battled in the second period but was still down at the half at 31-21.
The Irish came out of the locker room and extended the lead in the third as they outscored Tug Valley 18-8 in the period to take a 49-29 lead into the fourth where they would cruise to the 88-46 win.
Tug Valley was led by sophomore Caleb May who finished with 17 points, but had an off night shooting the ball, finishing 2-15. He did get to the line 16 times and knocked down 13 of 16 free throws.
Freshman Ethan Colegrove was the only other Panther to find double figures for coach Edwyn May as he netted 14 but only grabbed three rebounds. May and Colegrove combined for 31 of Tug Valley’s 46 points.
Gabe Zummo was the leading scorer for the Fighting Irish as he fired in a game high 23 points including hitting 4 of 7 shots from behind the arc. Joel Maurer also had 19 points and seven boards for the Irish.
Tug Valley only shot 26 percent from the floor as they hit 14 of 54 shots including 2 of 13 from behind the three point arc. Notre Dame only shot 39 percent hitting 20 of 51 shots but connected on 7 out of 16 of their triples for a 44 percent mark.
Tug Valley shot more free throws than the Irish as they shot 25 but only hit 16 while the Irish made 19 out of 20 at the line. They also out rebounded Tug Valley 27 to 18. Tug Valley however won the turnover margin forcing 18 and only committing 14 of their own.
The Irish, now 3-0, have become a Class A powerhouse and won the state title as recently as 2017. They are coached by former WVU star Jarrod West who currently has a son, Jarrod West Jr., who starts for Marshall while his younger son Jaidyn starts for him as a freshman this year at Notre Dame.
West finished with nine points against the Panthers but shot 0-6 from the floor. All nine of his points came at the foul line as he hit 9-9 from the stripe.
Tug Valley falls to 2-1 on the young season and was back in action on Tuesday night at rival Tolsia. They will then take a 10 day hiatus from games and return to action on Dec. 28 as they travel to class AA power Westside in a 7:30 p.m. start.
TVHS(2-1): 9 12 8 17 – 46
NDHS(3-0): 18 13 18 17 – 66
Tug Valley: C. May 17, E. Colegrove 14, I. Reed 4, T. Chaffin 4, Z. Savage 3, J. Sorrell 2, E. Davis 2.
Notre Dame: G. Zummo 23, J. Maurer 19, J. West 9, E. Goodman 7, T. Hardesty 3, G. Collins 3, N. Helm 2.
Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.