Tucker girls cruise past Elkins

Amber Evans tossed in 15 points as Tucker County used a late first-quarter run to defeat Elkins 62-39 Wednesday in non-conference action at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lady Mountain Lions jumped out to an early 14-6 lead on a Hunter Radford jumper with 3:50 left in the first half.

The Lady Tigers (4-9) answered back as Ashley Simmons made a layup with 3:41 left in the first period, which started a 6-0 surge that cut the deficit to 14-12 with 2:41 left in the quarter.

Tucker County responded on a Bekah Simmons jumper that ignited a 10-0 run, giving the visitors a 24-12 lead after the first quarter.

“We started strong then had a letdown in the first quarter,” Tucker County coach Jim Ambrose said. “We called a timeout and changed a couple of things and we played well defensively to finish out the quarter.”

The Lady Mountain Lions built their biggest lead of the game at 33-16 on a Savannah Ambrose jumper with 2:15 left until halftime

The lead was 37-24 at intermission and 52-30 after three quarters of play.

Simmons and Stephanie Betler added 11 points each for the Lady Mountain Lions, while Aiyana Kachmarek tallied 10.

“This was a good team win tonight,” Ambrose said. “I thought we played well, really hustled and played hard.”

Charlie George had 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers. Jaycie Saseen followed with 10 points and three assists, while Ashley Simmons added eight points and 10 rebounds and Michaela Lewis-Lambert eight rebounds.

Tucker County won the junior varsity contest, 41-29, as Haley Lloyd had eight points and Caroline Valdez seven.

Tucker County will travel to East Hardy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a Potomac Valley Conference matchup.

Elkins will host Preston at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a Big 10 Conference contest.