Junior post player Kelli Jo Harrison added 12 points, including 10 after the break, with nine rebounds and three blocks for GW (11-4), which was No. 10 in this week's Associated Press poll. Patriots sophomore guard Alanna Mobayed chipped in nine points, 10 boards, seven assists and four steals while senior guard Kayla Stewart had eight points.
"Halftime was pretty colorful,'' said LaMaster, who has guided GW to the state tournament semifinals the past two seasons. "They accepted my challenge. I was really pleased with the way they responded. It showed me a little bit of what they're made of and their character.''
"We're getting better every day,'' added Ward. "We're not to where we need to be and we know that. We're still working on the little things. That's what keeps us going; we know we're not at our peak. We still have that conference championship in our head and that's our goal right now.''
Senior forward Imani Ward netted 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and came up with three steals for Parkersburg (10-8), which had won six of its last seven coming into Tuesday. Big Reds senior center Kennedy Walker added 14 points and 11 boards and Morrison finished with 13 points and 10 assists.
"We knew [George Washington] was going to come out hot [in the third quarter],'' said Parkersburg coach Kenny DeMoss. "We knew they were going to make a run. The problem for us in the second half, we weren't mentally able. We turned the ball over too much.
"We'd play good defense and go down and throw the ball away. We outscored them every quarter but the third. The difference between us and them, they have that state tournament experience and they kind of leaned on that.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.