HAMBLETON - Three Mountain Lions reached double digits in scoring Saturday to help Class A, No. 6 Tucker County defeat Pendleton County, 67-57, Saturday in Potomac Valley Conference action.
"We got into foul trouble early," Mountain Lions coach Tom Gutshall said. "I think Pendleton played harder than we did. We didn't execute well. We just converted a few more plays than they did at the end of the game. We just don't have to intensity we need to be successful."
Derek Zirk paced Tucker County in scoring with 23 points and seven steals. Ian Nichols scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Ben Simmons
Elkins Middle School and Buckhannon-Upshur battled Saturday afternoon at EMS. The Bucs won the game, 51-22. Area varsity and junior varsity tournaments will begin this week.
Mitchell Mason added 11 points.
For Pendleton County, Evan Arrington scored 13 points and Haden Fox added 10 points.
The Mountain Lions (11-2) will host Moorefield at 7:30 p.m. today. Pendleton will entertain Tucker County on Friday in a rematch in Franklin.
High school girls basketball
Greenbrier East 52, B-U 27
LEWISBURG - Three players reached double digits in scoring to push Class AAA, No. 2 Greenbrier East past Buckhannon Upshur, 52-27, Saturday in non-conference action.
The Spartans, who led 17-15 at halftime, were led by Summer Martin with 13 points. Senior Chaunte McDowell added 12 points and Sydney Nunley contributed 10 points.
"Greenbrier controlled the paint in the second half," B-U coach Tristen Day said. "Sydney Nunley is a good six-foot-four with a wing span of at least six-foot-eight. She made it hard for us to drive and attack, something we do well. Even so, Megan (Wilfong) played very well against the biggest frontline we've faced."
Gray said foul trouble and turnovers once again plagued the Bucs. However, B-U out rebounded GEHS, 42-30.
"We had 33 turnovers, many unforced," Gray said. "That's 33 opportunities to score taken away. Add in the points off turnovers for Greenbrier and you get the 25 point margin.
"Half court to half court, we were right there with them. It's both frustrating and exciting to see that game unfold as it did. We had a legitimate chance to beat one of the best AAA contenders at home playing a bunch of young girls but let the opportunity escape us. We will learn how to finish games like that. We are a better team because of it," Gray said.
Wilfong led the Bucs in scoring with 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.
B-U will travel to Lewis County at 7:30 p.m. today.
Hampshire 63, Lewis County 58
ROMNEY - Brooklyn Perkey and Karli Hamrick scored 20 points each but it wasn't enough to seal a victory for Lewis County, as Hampshire claimed a 63-58 win on Saturday.
"We had great momentum in the first quarter, but we got into foul trouble in the second quarter," Minutemaids coach Theresa Johnson said. "We just couldn't regain our momentum. I was very proud of our girls for not giving up."
Mary Feaster paced the Trojans with 16 points. Emily Corbin scored 15 points.
Lewis County will host Buckhannon-Upshur at 7:30 today.
Middle school girls basketball
Green Bank, TV split
MILL CREEK - Haley Bennett scored 23 points to lift Green Bank Middle School past Tygarts Valley Middle School, 36-30 in girls varsity action.
Abbie Harris and Kaleah Pritt scored 10 points each for Green Bank.
In junior varsity action, Tygarts Valley defeated Green Bank, 11-7.
Courtney Haddix led TVMS in scoring with four points. Kiaya Sprouse, Emily Ball and Caitlyn Swecker scored two points each.
For GBMS, Kira Bircher scored two points and Jerica Reed, Tasia Davis and Hallie Kane had one point each.