Wildcats get past Bulldogs

FRANKLIN – Evan Arrington scored 17 points in front of the home crowd Wednesday to push Pendleton County over Tygarts Valley 54-40 in Potomac Valley Conference action.

“It was a sloppy game for both teams,” Wildcats coach Ryan Lambert said. “We got off to a very flat, slow start. I have to give credit to Tygarts Valley, they came out of the gate with more energy than us. We rebounded nicely and did a much better job of attacking their zone in the second half. We matched their intensity and that was crucial in securing the win.”

For Pendleton County, Logan Cooper added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Luke Cooper scored 11 points and Trey Cooper contributed eight points. Arrington added seven rebounds and five assists to his stat line.

The Bulldogs’ leading scorers were Ben Sycafoose with 13 points, Derrick Villarico with 11 points and Keighan Chewning with nine points. Chewning came off the bench for TVHS and scored all of his points in the third quarter to cut the lead to six.

“It was a game of runs,” TVHS coach Tom Wamsley said. “Trey Cooper hit three three-pointers in the second quarter to give them the lead. We had it cut down to four at one point. The kids played hard tonight – not always smart, but always hard.”

Both teams return to action on Friday. TVHS (5-4) will host Tucker County and Pendleton County (6-3) will host Highland County, Va. Tip-off for both varsity games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Southern, Md., 83, Tucker 70

OAKLAND, Md. – Lucas Ritchie lit up the Tucker County defense for 30 points Wednesday to power Southern Garrett, Md. to a 83-70 victory in non-conference action.

“We didn’t play very well,” TCHS coach Tom Gutshall said. “We had way too many turnovers. That’s not the way we play. Overall, our defense was horrible in the first half. We gave up 50 points in the first half. We just couldn’t get it done defensively.”

The Mountain Lions had four players finish the game with double digits in scoring. Mitchell Mason led the team with 17 points, followed by Austin Zirk with 16 points, Ian Nichols with 14 points and Derek Zirk with 11 points. Mason and Nichols also had nine rebounds each.

“We tried to play up to their tempo,” Gutshall said. “We tried to take our shots too quick.

“They controlled the tempo. We’ve been patient all season, but we let them get to us tonight. It’s something I have to correct. It’s my fault.”

Tucker County will returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tygarts Valley.

Girls basketball

Pocahontas JV wins

DUNMORE – The Pocahontas County junior varsity girls basketball team defeated Harman High School’s varsity squad 42-14 on Wednesday at Dunmore.

Freshman Tiffany Hoover led the Warriors in scoring with 10 points. Mary Kelley and Olivia Knisely scored eight points each and Natalie Hartzell added six points.

For the Panthers, junior Alexis Cooper was the top scorer with six points. Sophomore Catlyn Bennett added four points.

During the game, zero fouls were called against either team, according to PCHS bookkeeper Bruce McKean.