Balanced scoring leads Elkins girls past Liberty, 45-28

CLARKSBURG – Nine Lady Tigers found their way into the scoring column, as Elkins defeated Liberty, 45-28, in Big 10 Conference action on Saturday.

Sophomore Logan Dudley paced the Tigers in scoring with 11 points. Seniors Charlie George and Madison Collett scored seven points each. Caroline Valdez added six points, four blocks, four rebounds, two steals and two assists.

“We came out and went straight to work,” Elkins coach Cathy Duffield said. “The girls were very unselfish. They played good team ball. They were very supportive of each other. They did all the little things they were supposed to do. They rebounded and they boxed out. I was very proud of them.”

The Tigers will travel to Grafton at 5:45 p.m. today for a varsity-only game.

Pocahontas County 65, TV 43

SAINT MARYS – Tristin Day hit for 22 points Saturday to lead Class A, No. 4 Pocahontas County to a 65-43 victory over Class A, No. 9 Tygarts Valley in the consolation round of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament.

“We just didn’t play well,” Bulldogs coach Mike DiPasquale said. “We didn’t rebound well. We didn’t shoot well. We didn’t pass well. We didn’t do anything well.”

The Warriors jumped out to a 21-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. PCHS exploded for 23 points in the third quarter and took a 21 point lead into the fourth stanza.

For Pocahontas County, junior forward Bobbie McNabb scored 16 points and sophomore point guard Melissa Murphy added 15.

Emily Pingley paced the Bulldogs with 12 points. Kelsey Wyss scored nine points and Kelsey Arbogast and Paige Pritt had seven points each.

Day and Arbogast were selected for the WVHIT All-Tournament team.

Pocahontas County will host Tucker County at 7:30 p.m. today. Tygarts Valley will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against the Mountain Lions.

North Marion 82, B-U 40

RACHEL – Three North Marion players reached double digits in scoring in an 82-40 win over Buckhannon-Upshur on Saturday.

North Marion opened the game with a 27-2 first quarter. B-U coach Tristen Gray said the deficit was too much for his squad to overcome.

“We fought well throughout regardless of the score,” Gray said. “We attacked the basket all night but North Marion did a wonderful job of protecting the hoop.”

Freshman Christa Tobin led the Huskies in scoring with 13 points. Noca Singleton and Cara Egress scored 12 points each.

For the Lady Bucs, Makayla Reynolds scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Michaela Reger added seven points and six rebounds.

B-U will return to action on Tuesday at Webster County. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s boys late game

Grafton 56, B-U 42

TENNERTON – Skylar Rucker fired in 20 points Friday to power Grafton past Buckhannon-Upshur, 56-42, in Big 10 Conference action.

The Bearcats held a 16-14 advantage at halftime. However, the hosts ripped the game open in the third quarter with five 3-pointers.

Junior Cameron Workman paced B-U in scoring with 12 points. He also added three assists and two steals. Thomas Kotol scored 11 points and Senior Zane Cleavenger finished the contest with five assists.

The Bucs were scheduled to host Pocahontas County on Saturday, however a scheduling conflict caused the game to be moved to Feb. 22. B-U will travel to Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.