Class A showdown

HAMBLETON – Becca Simmons and Savannah Ambrose helped Class A, No. 5 Tucker County rally for a 47-38 victory over No. 4 Pocahontas County Thursday night in Potomac Valley Conference action.

Mountain Lion coach Jim Ambrose said he was impressed with his team’s defense. Tucker County held the Warriors to five points in the fourth quarter, all on free throws.

“Our defense really stepped up tonight,” Ambrose said. “We had a few girls get in foul trouble early, but it actually helped us out some because they got rested. They were fresh when we pulled away at the beginning of the fourth quarter.”

Pocahontas County held a 23-16 advantage at halftime. However, the Mountain Lions came out strong in the second half and took a 34-33 lead at the end of the third quarter.

“We started off slow and didn’t shoot well,” Ambrose said.

“At halftime, we decided we were going to drive the ball down low and to the post. That’s where we played big, from one and two feet away from the basket.”

Simmons and Ambrose scored 12 points each to pace Tucker County (8-3). Ambrose also contributed 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Junior Aiyana Kachmarek scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

For the Warriors, Lorena Rose scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Tristin Day added 10 points, two assists and two steals.

Pocahontas County (9-3) will host Gilmer County at 7:30 p.m. today as part of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament.

The Mountain Lions return to action at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Pocahontas County in a rematch.