Colts claim 59-41 win over Bucs

PHILIPPI – Freshman Chelsea Mayle scored 27 points to power Philip Barbour past conference rival Buckhannon-Upshur, 59-41, on Tuesday evening.

The win makes two straight for the Colts (2-4), while the Bucs dropped to 1-3.

Philip Barbour coach Stan Fitzwater said Mayle had a “break-out performance” after scoring less than 15 points through the first five games. Mayle also added eight steals to her stat line.

“The girls played tough tonight,” Fitzwater said. “We continued to play solid defense and finally started making some baskets. We controlled the tempo of the game and kept them off offense. We really extended the floor on them and I think that was the difference.”

Aside from Mayle, Fitzwater said freshmen Cassandra Tripplett and Brook Pomp have also been playing well. In the contest, Tripplett scored eight points and Pomp added six points. Other top performers included Haley Stewart with seven points, Celeste Kelly with eight rebounds and four points and Raychel Fitzwater added four points.

B-U coach Tristen Gray said his team made too many mental mistakes to keep up with the Colts. Megan Wilfong led the Bucs in scoring with 16 points and seven rebounds. Michaela Reger also added 10 points.

“Our aggressiveness just didn’t match PB’s and they took advantage of it,” Gray said. “We had 20-some turnovers in the first half. We weren’t getting good looks at the basket. We started to work the inside in the second half, but it was already too late.”

The Colts will return to action Thursday at 5:45 p.m. against Liberty-Harrison at the Grafton Invitational Tournament.

The Bucs’ next play at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at home against Gafton.

Pocahontas County 54

Bath County (Va.) 25

DUNMORE – Tristin Day fired in 21 points to pace Pocahontas County to a 54-25 win over Bath County (Va.) on Tuesday night.

Bobbi McNabb added 14 points for the Warriors, who never looked back after controlling a 17-6 lead after one quarter.

Pocahontas County increased the margin to 29-10 at the intermission.

The Warriors (2-1) will travel to Richwood at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bath County dropped to 0-4 on the season.