Tucker girls use late blocked shot to take down Rams

HAMBLETON – Tucker County’s Savannah Ambrose blocked the final shot of the game to secure a 54-52 overtime victory over Southern Garrett, Md., Thursday night in non-conference action.

“Our defense was outstanding,” Mountain Lions coach Jim Ambrose said. “The girls really played great tonight.

“They came out and executed. It was a great team victory.”

Southern nailed a pair of 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to tie the contest at 42 at the end of regulation.

“When Savannah blocked that shot as time expired, the place went crazy,” Ambrose said. “The crowd was fired up. They really kept us in it tonight. The last time we played them, they beat us by 30 points. I knew we were a better team than what we showed them. This time we executed.”

Senior Stephanie Betler exploded for 31 points to lead the Mountain Lions in scoring. Freshman Elizabeth Nichols added 10 points.

Lauren Francillion and Kamrin Weimer scored 15 points each to pace the Rams.

Tucker County (15-4) will host East Hardy at 7:30 p.m. this evening for a Potomac Valley Conference contest.

Middle school

Green Bank teams fall

DUNMORE – The Marlinton Middle School boys and girls varsity teams both defeated Green Bank on Tuesday to capture the Pocahontas County Middle School Tournament championships.

In the boys game, three Marlinton players tallied double digits to defeat Green Bank, 49-39.

Brian Wilfong paced the Copperheads with 15 points. Morgan Baldwin scored 13 points and Logan Dilley added 10 points.

For the Eagles, Jarret Taylor scored 19 points. Jacob Jones added 10 points.

In the girls game, Lauren Shisler and Catlyn Sparks scored 14 points each to lift Marlinton over Green Bank, 38-31.

Haley Bennett paced GBMS with 15 points. Sage Mclaughlin added six points.

Members of the all tournament team for the boys included: Dilley, Wilfong, Taylor and Jones. The girls all tournament team included: Tara Warner, Kayla Sharp, Bennett, Sparks and Shisler.