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Parkersburg Catholic’s Cade Ullman brings the ball across halfcourt while Notre Dame’s Jaidyn West defends Tuesday evening during the Fighting Irish’s 76-59 triumph.

PARKERSBURG — Bridgeport transfer Tyler Hardesty pumped in 19 of his team-high 26 points in the first half here Tuesday night for visiting Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish cruised past Parkersburg Catholic, 76-59.

After draining a pair of 3s in the opening stanza, which helped stake head coach Jarrod West’s club to a 19-16 advantage, Hardesty hit two more triples and tallied 13 points in the second quarter as Parkersburg Catholic never recovered after falling behind 51-31 at the break.

“That first half was probably the best first half that I’ve ever had with my teams playing a high quality opponent,” said coach West, who received 17 points, six assists and five steals from freshman son Jaidyn while Gabe Zummo (13) and Nate Helm (11) also cracked double figures in scoring. “That was a very, very good half for our kids.”

Cade Ullman had 13 of his game-high 27 points in the opening stanza. Ullman’s 3 late in the first tied it for the final time at 16-all, but Hardesty answered with a trifecta to put Notre Dame ahead for good.

Down just 21-18 early in the second, head coach Rob Strcula’s club watched Notre Dame go on a 9-1 run that was fueled in part by a trapping press. After falling behind 30-19 with 6:06 left before the break, things didn’t get any better the rest of the way. West canned a pair of 3s in the final 29 seconds, including one before the halftime buzzer after he used a crossover move to get open.

“I thought we handled their press pretty well,” said Strcula, who received 15 points and seven rebounds from Patrick Copen along with eight points and a game-high eight rebounds from Ty Sturm. “We just self imploded once we broke the press.

“We felt like we had to put up a quick shot and that’s just like a turnover. Go down, you get one bad shot, it comes back the other way and they get easy layups.”

Notre Dame, which shot 63.2 percent from the field (24 of 38), knocked down 8 of 11 from deep in the first half and shot 17 of 27 overall in the opening 16 minutes.

PCHS, which dropped to 2-1 and has a long break before hitting the hardwood again next Saturday at Tyler Consolidated, continued to fight in the second half. With less than a minute left in the third, Ullman converted a three-point play after getting a transition hoop thanks to a Xavier Collie assist to make it 61-49. However, West answered with a three-point play of his own via an Elijah Goodman dish when Jeb Boice was called for a block in the paint to give the visitors a 15-point cushion entering the fourth.

Down 66-55 with 5-plus minutes remaining, the Crusaders were unable to take advantage of an intentional foul. The hosts missed both foul shots and then had a turnover. The closest the Crusaders made it the rest of the way was at 69-59 with 2:41 to go following a pair of Copen foul shots.

Notre Dame, which actually lost the turnover battle 15-13 and had the same number of rebounds (24) as PCHS, improved to 2-0 and welcomes in Tug Valley on Saturday.

Notre Dame 76,

Parkersburg Catholic 59

ND 19 32 13 12 — 76

PC 16 15 18 10 — 59


Joel Maurer 2 1-3 5, Nate Helm 3 5-6 11, Jaidyn West 4 7-7 7, Tyler Hardesty 8 5-8 26, Gabe Zummo 5 1-1 13, Garrett Collins 0 0-0 0, Elias Gordon 0 0-0 0, Elijah Goodman 2 0-0 4; TOTALS: 24 19-25 76; 3-point goals: Hardesty 5, West, Zummo 2


Ty Sturm 3 2-2 8, Jeb Boice 2 0-0 4, Cade Ullman 9 5-7 27, Jalen Brunny 0 0-2 0, Patrick Copen 5 4-4 15, Xavier Collie 1 2-2 4, Peyton Amfrine 0 0-0 0, Aidan Stotts 0 0-0 0, Wade Smitley 0 1-2 1; TOTALS: 20 14-19 59; 3-point goals: Ullman 4, Copen 1

Shooting: ND 24-38 (63.2%), PC 20-51 (39.2%); 3-pointers: ND 9-14, PC 5-18; Rebounds: ND 24 (Zummo 5), PC 24 (Sturm 8, Copen 7); Assists: ND 15 (West 5), PC 13 (Boice 5); Steals: ND 9 (West 5, Hardesty 4), PC 9 (Ullman, Copen, Brunny 2); Turnovers: ND 5, PC 13

JV score: PC 63, ND 56 (OT)

JV scoring: ND: Noah Mazzie 2, Anthony Rogers 10, Brady Fagan 8, Glendon Britton 9, Dre’Mir Hausvater 2, Trey Petitto 3, Gene Hutchinson 10, Kobe Martino 2; PC: Eli Gardner 9, Drew Gill 4, STephen Garvis 12, Nick Stricker 20, Collie 12, Ethan Lang 6

Next games: Parkersburg Catholic at Tyler Consolidated next Saturday; Tug Valley at Notre Dame on Saturday.

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