Tigers pull away from Colts in season opener

ELKINS – Luck, whether good or bad, had no effect on the home opener for the Elkins Tigers on Friday the 13th, as the team easily out-paced Big 10 Conference foe Philip Barbour, 88-64.

Senior Logan Phillips led the Tigers with 38 points. Other top scorers for Elkins included Morgan Kelly and Colby Gainer with 14 points each and Braden Hammond with 13 points.

EHS coach John Lawson said he was pleased with the team’s performance.

“This was a really good opening game for us, everybody stepped up and played well,” Lawson said. “I think the deciding factor was that we were able to come out and establish our tempo and our style of play early on in the game.”

PB coach Marcus Johnson agreed Elkins’ team speed was the key factor in the contest. He said the Colts had difficulty keeping up with the Tiger’s fast paced offense.

“We let them dictate everything we did,” Johnson said. “They rushed us and made us take quick shots. We just couldn’t play at their tempo. We tried to go to a different set up, but they we so fast they started pushing the ball up the floor and getting easy looks.”

Junior Trevor Matko was the leading scorer for the Colts with 27 points. Other top scorers for PB included Nick Triplett with 14 points and Caleb Hawkins with nine points. Chris Neville and Kamian Bartlett led the Colts in rebounds with five each.

The Colts will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Elkins will next play Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at home.

Girls basketball

Clay 43, Pocahontas 39

HINTON – The Class A seventh-ranked Pocahontas County girls basketball squad came up just short Friday night, losing 43-39 to Class AA fifth-ranked Clay County in the 23rd Annual Rogers Oil Classic.

The game started out well for the Warriors as they took a 10-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Clay outscored Pocahontas by seven in the second stanza though, and took a 17-15 advantage into intermission.

The Panthers came out on all cylinders, and went ahead by double-digits to close out the third period 32-22.

Pocahontas tried furiously to cut into that lead in the final eight minutes and got close but Clay held on for the win.

Katelyn Horrocks was the game-high scorer for the Lady Panthers, hitting hit all five of her three-point shots and finishing with 23 points. McKinzee Barker followed with eight.

For Pocahontas, Tristin Day had 14 points on the strength of four treys, and Sarah Ryder, playing in her very first game added 11.

Bobbi McNabb had stat line that read nine points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.

Summers County was victorious in the other game against Webster County Friday night and will meet Clay County at 8 p.m.

The consolation game will pit Pocahontas County against Webster County at 6 p.m.