Tucker girls use defense to best Colts

PHILIPPI – Stephanie Betler scored 10 points to push Class A, No. 3 Tucker County past Philip Barbour, 51-23, Tuesday night in non-conference action.

The Mountain Lions got off to hot start, holding the Colts scoreless in the first period to build a 15-0 lead. Tucker County took a 27-8 cushion into the locker room at halftime.

“We started off hot,” Mountain Lions coach Jim Ambrose said. “Our defense played the best it has all year. We were everywhere. We contested everything. When we play defense like that, we’re a much better team.”

For Tucker County, Madison Mullenax scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. Elizabeth Nichols added eight points and seven rebounds.

Freshman Chelsea Mayle led the Colt offense with 11 points. Casandra Triplett added six points.

Tucker County (14-4) will host Southern Garrett, Md., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Colts (5-14) host East Fairmont at 5:45 p.m. today.

North Marion 69

Elkins …………. 32

ELKINS – Noka Singleton scored 12 points to push North Marion past Elkins, 69-32, Tuesday night in Big 10 Conference play at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

“We just couldn’t buy a basket,” Tigers coach Cathy Duffield said. “We did OK for awhile, but we just couldn’t get them to fall, even layups. The girls played aggressive and they didn’t quit. They tried hard. We didn’t box out. We let them get too many offensive and defensive rebounds.”

Senior Madison Collett paced Elkins with eight points. Logan Dudley and Caroline Valdez added seven points each. Valdez also grabbed six rebounds.

For the Huskies, Brittany Sigley added eight points.

The Tigers travel to East Fairmont for a 7:30 p.m. Big 10 contest Thursday.

Pendleton 55, TVHS 45

MILL CREEK – Kaylee Edwards and Larissa Raines reached double digits in scoring to lift Pendleton County over Tygarts Valley, Tuesday night in Potomac Valley Conference action.

The Wildcats got out in front early and held a 26-21 lead at halftime. However, the Bulldogs committed 25 turnovers that TVHS coach Mike DiPasquale said turned into easy points for the opposition.

“We turned it over way too many times,” DiPasquale said. “We also missed too many foul shots. We’ve got to start doing the fundamentals right. When we do that, we’ll start doing all right. We just didn’t play well tonight.”

Edwards paced the Wildcats with 13 points. Raines added 12 points. Hillary Ord, Cheyenne Pitsenbarger and Megan Keller scored eight points each.

For Tygarts Valley, Paige Pritt led the scoring with 12 points. Emily Pingley tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs (11-7) will host Moorefield at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Pendleton (10-9) travels to Union for a 7:30 p.m. matchup today.

Pocahontas County 48

East Hardy ………… 22

BAKER – Class A, No. 6 Pocahontas County cruised past East Hardy Tuesday in PVC action.

Junior Tristin Day paced the Warriors with 17 points. Freshman Sarah Rider tallied 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Bobbie McNabb added three points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.

For the Cougars, senior Marilyn Cassell scored 10 points and Ruby Fridley added six points.

Both teams return to action at 7:30 p.m. today. Pocahontas (12-5) hosts Class A, No. 7 Charleston Catholic and East Hardy (4-13) hosts Petersburg.