ELKINS - The Lady Tigers were neck and neck with Buckhannon-Upshur Thursday in girls' basketball action at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium before the visitors pulled away in the fourth for a 37-31 final.
The first quarter ended with a tie at 8-8, and halftime ended with B-U enjoying just a one-point 14-13 lead.
Elkins never led in the first half as the Lady Bucs went ahead because of strong rebounding and the play of Buckhannon's post player Megan Wilfong.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Steve Swick
EHS’s Charlie George surveys the court in the Lady Tigers’ game against Buckhannon-Upshur Thursday.
But the home team scrapped away on defense and repeatedly found a way to come back.
The Lady Tigers finally had their first lead of the night with six minutes remaining in the third quarter when Charlie George hit a three-pointer for a 16-15
That score held for three minutes as both teams had trouble connecting from the field and from the foul line, but some shots started to fall in the latter stages of the third.
The Lady Bucs started to work the ball into Wilfong with more regularity in the fourth quarter. The Elkins defense started to collapse in to counter but that opened up some perimeter shots for B-U and they started to fall.
Buckhannon would open up a double-digit lead and the Lady Tigers again would fight back, but this time the lead was too large and there wasn't enough time.
EHS coach Cathy Duffield keeps seeing improvement from her squad, saying, "They're getting better, it's just that you can't improve everything at once."
"I'm encouraged that they played their hearts out on defense and they really want to do better."
George poured in 10 points to lead the hosts in scoring, while Madison Collett was next with seven and Meghan Dolly and Jaycie Sasseen had five points each.
The team was five for six on three pointers, but only 10 of 21 from the foul-line.
Logan Dudley pulled down eight rebounds before she collided with a player from Buckhannon in the fourth quarter. She displayed concussion-like symptoms and will be held out of the next game.
Wilfong had a game-high 15 points for the visitors, and Michayea Reger and Caitlyn Lampiner each chipped in six.
The junior varsity squad lost in a close 38-33 contest and the reason was obvious; they walked up to the charity stripe 30 times and only connected on 13 of them.
Leading the way for the Tigers junior varsity was Sara Burky with 12 points, followed by Amber Marstiller's six.
Chelsey Queen and Kelsey Burgess had 13 and 11 points respectively for B-U.
Elkins will host their third straight game on Saturday at 3 p.m. when Parkersburg comes to town.