Tucker upsets Notre Dame

HAMBLETON – The Tucker County Mountain Lions rebounded from back-to-back losses over the weekend to upset Class A, No. 1 Notre Dame, 56-53, Monday in a non-conference matchup.

TCHS coach Tom Gutshall said he was impressed with his team’s intensity after losing to Charleston Catholic, 60-26, on Friday and Buffalo, 49-47, on Saturday.

“It was one heckuva game,” Gutshall said. “Everybody played extremely hard. It was a great high school basketball game. Our kids played with a lot of guts and bounced back from a hard weekend. I don’t pay much attention to the polls, but when we beat the number-one ranked team, it should help with our confidence.”

Tucker County held the advantage at halftime, 33-25. However, a big third quarter for the Irish put them within one point going into the final period, 40-39.

For the Mountain Lions, senior forward Ian Nichols led the charge with 14 points. Mitchell Mason scored 13 points and Austin Zirk added 12 points.

Jarrod West paced ND with 14 points. Alex Demary contributed 12 points to the effort.

Tucker County (15-4) travels to Petersburg for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff Wednesday.

Grafton 69, Elkins 59

GRAFTON – Colby Gainer fired in a game-high 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to help Elkins defeat Grafton in Big 10 Conference action. The Bearcats beat the Tigers, 69-59, in overtime.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” EHS coach John Lawson said. “We had a chance to win it in regulation but we just couldn’t pull it out. We didn’t shoot well, we didn’t rebound well and we didn’t shoot free throws well. If you don’t do those three things well, you’re not going to win. It’s just that simple.”

Sophomore Chris Smith was the leading scorer for Grafton with 17 points. Josh Musgrove added 13 points and Austin Newlon and Skylar Rucker tallied 11 points each.

For the Tigers, Logan Phillips scored 12 points. Sharpshooter Braden Hammond nailed three 3-pointers and a free throw to tally 10 points.

The Tigers (11-7) travel to Robert C. Byrd for a 7:30 p.m. contest today.

Tygarts Valley 59,

Pocahontas County 44

MILL CREEK – Derrick Villarico scored 15 points to lift Tygarts Valley over Pocahontas County, 59-44, in Potomac Valley Conference action.

“It was senior night, so we had a very emotional crowd,” TVHS coach Tom Wamsley said. “The boys did a good job of bouncing back in the second half. We made some adjustments and it worked out for us. We did a good job on offense and maintained intensity on defense to lock it out.”

Wamsley said team members wore T-shirts labeled “Hoops for Mark” to honor senior guard Jonathan Riegel’s father, who is fighting cancer. Wamsley said Mark Riegel was released from the hospital yesterday and attended the game.

For the Bulldogs, Ben Sycafoose added 13 points and Keighan Chewning contributed 11 points.

Cary Robertson paced the Warriors with 13 points.

Both teams return to action Wednesday. Tygarts Valley (9-10) travels to Moorefield for a 7:30 p.m. matchup and Pocahontas County (6-10) travels to East Hardy for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Pendleton County 62,

East Hardy 35

FRANKLIN – Three Wildcats reached double digits in scoring to help Pendleton County cruise past East Hardy, 62-35, in PVC action.

“We were able to play everyone tonight,” PCHS coach Ryan Lambert said. “It was a great effort by the entire team. We came out a little flat, but the starters got us going and the bench kicked in and gave us a lift. Everyone contributed.”

Luke Yokum led PCHS in scoring with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Logan Cooper added 11 points and seven rebounds. Evan Arrington contributed 10 points and six boards.

Bryce Strawderman paced the Cougars with 16 points.

Pendleton (15-4) hosts Union at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. East Hardy (5-15) hosts Pocahontas County at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Philip Barbour 68,

East Fairmont 40

PHILIPPI – Nicholas Greely stung the Philip Barbour defense for 28 points en route to a 68-40 victory for East Fairmont.

“We just weren’t tall enough,” PB coach Marcus Johnson said. “They were big and I think it intimidated us. We played well in the first quarter, but their size caught up and we just couldn’t do anything.”

Joey Anglin paced the Colts with 11 points. Chris Neville scored seven points and Trevor Matko added six points.

The Colts travel to Fairmont Senior for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff today.