Trojans advance past Senators

By Chris Slone

The ninth-seeded Portsmouth Trojans downed No. 8 West 50-47 Wednesday night in a Division III Sectional Semifinal match at Rock Hill High School.

Portsmouth (5-18, 2-12 OVC) was led by Mya Williams who scored a game-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Semajah Parker also scored 17 points. Together, the duo combined to record 35 points and 30 boards, which wasn’t lost on Trojans head coach Kristen Bradshaw.

“Our two seniors, Mya Williams and Semajah Parker, came up big for us,” Bradshaw said. “A combined 35 points and 30 rebounds between the two of them. It’s the time of year when our upperclassmen have to step up and they did just that.

“Our guards, Jasmine Eley, Hannah Hughes and Kylisha Kearns, stuck with the game plan of distributing the ball to Mya and Semajah, and we came out on top.”

Bradshaw wanted her team to win everything on the night, including warm ups and was pleased with her squad’s overall performance.

“I told them before we warmed up, we have to win five times tonight,” Bradshaw said. “Win our warm up and focus on winning every single quarter. We lost the third quarter by one point, so I was pleased with that. I knew it was going to be a scrappy game, but the winner was going to be who made the least amount of mistakes and who took care of the ball.”

With the victory, the Trojans will return to Rock Hill Saturday to face the top-seeded Fairland Dragons who finished 19-2 and 13-1 in the OVC this season.

“We have our hands full with Fairland on Saturday, but we gave them a run for their money a few weeks ago at our place, and I’m hoping to do the same and come out with a huge upset and a sectional championship,” Bradshaw said.

By Chris Slone

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