Story leads App State to win over Campbell

Appalachian State's Madi Story (34) works against Campbell defenders Lauren Carter (right) and Caroline Bowns (12) in the second half of the Mountaineers' 70-57.

BOONE — Appalachian State women’s basketball standout Madi Story played like coach Angel Elderkin expects a fifth-year senior to play.

The Mountaineers pulled away from Campbell in the semifinals of the WBI to claim a 70-57 victory in front of 1,293 loud Holmes Center fans by outscoring the Camels 18-10 in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers got 19 points from Story, who made seven of her 12 shots in the game and did not turn the ball over.

“I thought Madi, number one, put us on her back,” Elderkin said. “Seniors take over in March. Now I’m nervous because our championship game is in April.”

App State hosts North Texas in the finals of the tournament on April 3 at the Holmes Center. The Mean Green beat North Alabama 56-53 in the other semifinal game April 29.

Story, and junior 6-foot-4 center Bayley Plummer, did their best to give Elderkin some insurance that the Mountaineers have a chance to be successful in April. Plummer scored 14 points and pulled down 20 rebounds for the second game in a row.

The pair took turns scoring baskets during a key stretch of the fourth quarter. With App State leading 52-49, Story and Plummer combined to score App State’s next seven baskets and put the Mountaineers in front 66-55.

Plummer capped the run with an inside basket on a Story assist.

“It’s really good for our program,” Plummer said. “We’ve been through a lot the last few of years. To be able to put it together at the right time in the tournament and to get to the championship is an honor. We can’t wait for these next 40 minutes to play in front of these fans and the community.”

Appalachian State (21-14) led for 36:09 of the 40-minute game. Appalachian State, had four players score in double figures, led by Story’s 19 points. Pre Stanley followed her 28-point effort in the Mountaineers’ quarterfinal win over Marshall with 15 points against Campbell.

Point guard Ashley Polacek chipped in 10 points and handed out four assists. Appalachian State made just 1-of-7 from 3-point range, but scored 44 points from inside the paint.

App State had a lot of success scoring by driving to the basket, and also scored 12 points after offensive rebounds.

“We told our team in the pregame that they needed to live in the paint and we needed to attack in the paint,” Elderkin said. “As coaches, we were pretty surprised that we only attempted seven, but we went with what was working.”

Campbell got 12 points each from Lauren Carter and Hayley Barber. Taya Bolden scored 10 points off the bench. App State limited Campbell to making just 33.8 percent from the field and 27.8 percent in the fourth quarter.

App State, which was whistled for just seven fouls, held an edge at in foul shooting. The Mountaineers made 13-of-19, while Campbell was limited to just 4-of-5 from the line.

Appalachian State 70, Campbell 57

Campbell 57 (23-13)

Carter 4-17 4-4 12, McNamara-Clement 0-2 0-0 0, Barber 6-16 0-1 12, Tuelle 4-9 0-0 9, Bowns 1-2 0-0 2, Coleman 1-2 0-0 2, Hampton 1-4 0-0 2, Allison 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 2-5 0-0 5, Bolden 5-13 0-0 10, Serranho 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 25-74 4-5 57.

Appalachian State 70 (21-14)

Gosnell 3-8 1-2 8, Plummer 7-14 0-2 14, Stanley 6-9 3-3 15, Polacek 3-11 4-5 10, Story 7-12 5-7 19, Calder 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 2-4 0-0 4, Mathews 0-0 0-0 0, Hampton 0-0 0-0 0, Bigott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-58 13-19 70.

Campbell 15 18 14 10 — 57

App State 19 19 14 18 — 70

3-point goals—Campbell 3-14 (Serranho 1-1, Davis 1-2, Tuelle 1-3, Coleman 0-1, Bowns 0-1, Barber 0-2, Carter 0-4), App State 1-7 (Gosnell 1-4, Poacek 0-1, Wilson 0-2). Rebounds—Campbell 35 (Carter, Barber 6), App State 49 (Plummer 20). Assists—Campbell 5 (Sarranho, Barber 2), App State 9 (Polacek 4). Total fouls—Campbell 17, App State 7. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None. Att.—1,293.

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