Tucker boys headed back to Charleston

MOOREFIELD – Tucker County’s offense came alive in the fourth quarter in a 43-30 victory over Moorefield Wednesday night in a Class A, Region II finale.

The win puts the Mountain Lions (16-7) back in the state tournament for the 12th consecutive year.

Both teams struggled offensively the entire night, with Tucker County taking a slim 24-21 advantage into the final quarter.

The Mountain Lions then pulled away behind the scoring of Derek Zirk, who was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final quarter. He scored all eight of his points on the night in the deciding quarter.

“I was very proud of the defensive effort our guys gave,” Moorefield coach Pat McGregor said. “They played extremely hard and gave it everything they had.

“We just couldn’t knock down our open shots, and Tucker converted its free throws late in the game.”

Mitchell Mason fired in 16 points for Tucker County, as leading scorer Ian Nichols was limited to just one field goal and four points on the evening. Austin Zirk followed with nine.

Aaron Cole paced the Yellow Jackets with 11 points.

Tucker County trailed 9-8 after one quarter before holding the hosts scoreless in the second quarter to lead 13-9 at the intermission.

Moorefield, which didn’t have a senior on its roster, finished the season 10-13.

The Class A state tourney pairings will be released today.

Notre Dame ……… 77

Pendleton County 63

CLARKSBURG – Notre Dame raced out to an early lead and never looked back in defeating Pendleton County Wednesday night in regional final action.

The Irish (20-4) advance to the state tournament and will learn their seed today.

Cal Cistaro led Notre Dame with 20 points, followed by Jarred West with 15.

Evan Arrington topped the Wildcats, who end the season 17-7, with 16.