EHS boys defeat Liberty, 82-35

ELKINS – The Elkins Tigers opened the game with 15 unanswered points Monday en route to an 82-35 victory over Liberty in Big 10 Conference action.

The Tigers (6-1) controlled the game tempo from start to finish, scoring 15 unanswered points in the first four minutes of the contest. EHS was up 42-21 at halftime and only allowed Liberty (1-6) to score three points in the fourth quarter.

“We played well at times and we played sloppy at times,” EHS coach John Lawson said. “It was that kind of game. I’m just happy to get the win.”

Senior Logan Phillips paced the Tigers with 20 points. Junior sharpshooter Braden Hammond added 19 points, including five three-pointers. Senior Ben Lonergan and Colby Gainer contributed 10 points each.

“We had some good play off the bench,” Lawson said. “I told the kids, when your number is called you have to get after it and play with intensity and play hard. (Ben) Lonergan scored 10 points in the second half and (Linkoln) Barger also gave an outstanding effort off the bench. We’re still searching to find bench help, so it was nice to see those guys respond.”

Sophomore Ryan Gillespie led the Mountaineers with 13 points. Kenneth Fox scored eight points and Adam Shreve and John Batcheller scored six points each.

Elkins returns to action on Friday at home against Preston. The team then plays Fairmont Senior at home on Saturday for a make-up game that was postponed. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m hoping for a big turnout,” Lawson said. “These are some big conference games for us. I’d like to see a lot of people from the community come out and support us. These are two quality opponents.”

DUMORE – Ben Sycafoose scored 22 points Monday but it wasn’t enough to lift Tygarts Valley over Pocahontas County in Potomac Valley Conference action. The Warriors defeated the Bulldogs 76-62.

“We had a lot of missed shots,” TVHS coach Tom Wamsley said. “We missed too many easy shots.

“We also barely shot more than 50 percent from the free throw line. We also had a few turnovers that they were able to turn into direct points. We just weren’t able to overcome it.”

Junior Stephen Mick paced the Warriors with 21 points. Adam Irvine contributed 11 points.

Tygarts Valley (5-3) is set to travel to Pendleton County on Jan. 15. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Pocahontas (2-4) will play at Harman on Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.