"We can rely on each other,'' said Ward, who was heartened by her team's resiliency. "It's our first game. We got the jitters out. The first half we didn't shoot that well. We couldn't hit anything outside. All we had was our post. We didn't give up. We stuck to our defense. It's going to be a good year.''
Park (3-0) was coming off its second game in as many nights after defeating Parkersburg South 68-48 Friday in Wheeling. Park was outrebounded 40-30 and committed 25 turnovers.
Park senior guard Halie Robb scored a team-high 18 points, connecting on 5 of 9 from 3-point range, while Tucker chipped in 15 points and six assists. Park senior guard Emily Puskarich, a state player of the year candidate, only had six points on 3-of-15 shooting but added nine boards, three assists and six steals.
"I saw character,'' said Park coach Dee Davis. "I knew our legs wouldn't be there. Emily's shot was short and Marissa, our point guard, was doing some things she normally doesn't do. I think it's the worst game we've played this year.
"I thought GW played well. They're scrappy and they played hard. They're more physical than us. We stepped up to the challenge some of the time, not all of the time. We got knocked off the ball a couple of times. I like this team a lot. I know when they're fresh what they look like. I just wanted to come out of here with a win. I'm happy with that.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.