Lions roll by Jackets in PVC tilt

HAMBLETON?- Class A, No. 4 Tucker County continued its string of impressive early-season victories Wednesday night, overwhelming PVC rival Moorefield by a count of 83-27.

“This isn’t how our games with them (Moorefield) normally go, they’re just having a bad year so far,” Mountain Lion coach Jim Ambrose said in explaining the scoring discrepancy.

Elizabeth Nichols came off the bench to lead Tucker County with 17 points. She also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Stephanie Betler followed Nichols in the scoring column with 14, and also dished out five assists. Savannah Ambrose had four blocks on the defensive end.

After a 19-10 first-quarter score, the Mountain Lions exploded for 25 points in the second stanza while holding the visitors to a mere six for a 44-16 advantage at intermission.

Coach Ambrose substituted freely in the second half, emptying his bench, but the hosts still managed to outscore the Yellow Jackets by 10 in the third quarter, and scored 20 in the final stanza compared to just two free throws by Moorefield.

“We played a 2-3 zone throughout the second half and we played everyone,” Ambrose said.

“I started putting the junior varsity girls in there and they played hard – they wanted to score. You know, they work hard too; I wasn’t going to tell them not to score.”

The Mountain Lions travel to the Northern Panhandle this weekend for the John Marshall Holiday Tournament.

“We’ll find out where we stand pretty quickly on this road trip,” Ambrose said.

Tucker County will play Wheeling Central on Friday and Linsly on Saturday. Both games will start at 6 p.m.