Blues Take Down Honaker To Return To State Finals

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Tuesday, March 5 – The Parry McCluer High School girls basketball team used a strong third quarter to pull away from a close game, defeating Honaker 48-31 in the Class 1 state semifinals on Tuesday night at Roanoke College’s Cregger Center in Salem.

With the win, the Fighting Blues (25-4) advanced to the state championship game, where they’ll play for their third consecutive state title. In a rematch of last year’s finals, the Blues will face Surry County on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center in Richmond. Admission is $10.

Against Region 1D champion Honaker (26-3), the Blues led 21-15 at halftime before starting the second half on a 10-2 run, applying their defensive press and outscoring the Tigers 18-8 in the third period to take a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Blues led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter, and Honaker didn’t threaten a comeback.

Madison Dunlap led PM with 15 points and nine rebounds, sinking two 3-pointers. Peyton Mohler added 11 points, while Makenna Smith chipped in eight points and held Honaker’s leading scorer, LeeAnna McNulty, to 16 points. No other Tiger scored in double figures.

The Blues shot 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from three-point range, with Emma Camden making two treys, while holding Honaker to 0-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

For the full story and photos from the state semifinals and finals, please see our March 13 newspaper. The story and photos from PM’s 62-44 state quarterfinal win over Patrick Henry-Glade Spring last Friday will be in this Wednesday’s newspaper.

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