Evans sparks Tucker past PB
HAMBLETON – Amber Evans fired in 24 points as Tucker County pulled away from Philip Barbour 78-54 on Wednesday night.
The Lady Mountain Lions (5-3) held a nine-point lead early in the third quarter before building a comfortable 67-38 cushion enterting the final quarter.
“We didn’t play very well on defense in the first half,” Tucker County first-year coach Jim Ambrose said. “We came out in the second half and rebounded much better and picked things up on the defensive side.”
Stephanie Betler also reached double figures for the Lady Mountain Lions with 12 points. Savannah Ambrose added 11 rebounds and two blocked shots, while Evans also collected nine rebounds, six steals and two assists.
Kaitlynn Neville had a career-high 24 points for the Lady Colts (2-4). Lindsey Riley also reached double digits with 17 points.
Tucker County will travel to Pocahontas County at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a key Potomac Valley Conference contest.
Philip Barbour will visit Robert C. Byrd for a Big 10 game on the same evening.
Tucker 61, Moorefield 54
MOOREFIELD – Tyler Snyder scored 19 points and Tucker County used a second-quarter surge to earn a 61-54 win over Moorefield Wednesday night in Potomac Valley Conference play.
Austin Zirk added 16 points for the Mountain Lions, who trailed 13-6 after one quarter before outscoring the Yellow Jackets 22-11 in the second period.
“The difference was the second quarter,” Moorefield coach Pat McGregor said. “We just went flat for a stretch and didn’t match their energy.”
Tucker County scored 16 points off 14 Yellow Jacket turnovers.
“They converted a lot of easy layups off of the turnovers. We also missed 11 free throws, which really hurt us,” said McGregor, whose team dropped to 2-5.
Lance Taylor had 17 points, Jared Kite 13 and Garret Keller 12 for Moorefield, which will travel to East Hardy at 7:30 p.m. on Friday for another league game.
Tucker County, winners of five straight games, improves to 5-1 and will entertain Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.