Squad anchored by Tucker senior

ELKINS – Stephanie Betler didn’t have the eye-catching stats during her career at Tucker County.

But when it came to wins and getting the Mountain Lions to the state tournament, the 5-foot-10 senior guard rose to the challenge.

For her efforts, Betler has been selected as The Inter-Mountain’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Betler was part of four teams that advanced to Charleston during her career. She averaged 13 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists her senior season as the Mountain Lions advanced to the Class A state semifinals and compiled a record of 20-5.

For her career, Betler had 857 points, 250 rebounds, 250 assists and 120 steals.

“Coaching Steph and the rest of our seniors this year was very enjoyable,” Tucker County coach Jim Ambrose said. “They were an extremely hard-working group and Steph provided us with just not scoring, but led us in assists and was a team leader.”

Betler was a second-team all-state selection this past season, along with earning all-PVC honors.

Betler is one of four seniors on the team, which was selected by The Inter-Mountain’s sports staff.

Tygarts Valley’s Paige Pritt, Harman’s Kenna Bennett and Pendleton County’s Hillary Ord are the others.

With the remainder of the squad filled by underclassmen, the future looks bright for area teams next season.

The rest of the unit includes Elkins High School’s Logan Dudley, Buckhannon-Upshur’s Megan Wilfong, Philip Barbour’s Chelsea Mayle, Lewis County’s Brooklyn Perkey and Pocahontas County’s Tristin Day.

Pritt, a 5-8 forward, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14.3 ponts per game and also was one of the team’s top rebounders. She was an honorable mention Class A choice and all-PVC selection.

Bennett, a 5-3 guard, was one of just six players of Harman’s roster this season. She led the team in scoring and was both an all-PVC basketball and scholar-athlete selection.

Ord, a 5-9 center, was one of the Wildcats’ leading scorers and rebounders. She was tabbed honorable mention on the Class A all-state team and an all-PVC pick. She helped lead Pendleton County to a berth in the regional

finals.

Dudley, a 5-9 sophomore forward, was one of the top scorers and rebounders for the Tigers this season. She was a second-team all-Big 10 Conference selection.

Wilfong, a 5-11 junior center, was a force inside for the Bucs, averaging nearly a double-double in points (9.4) and rebounds (9.3). She earned second-team all-Big 10 Conference laurels.

Mayle, a 5-9 freshman guard, emerged as one of the top scorers for the Colts as the season progressed. Her efforts earned her a spot on the all-Big 10 Conference second team.

Perkey, a 5-6 sophomore point guard, led the Minutemaids in scoring (16.4) and assists (3.4). She was a first-team all-Big 10 Conference selection, along with earning honorable mention Class AAA all-state honors.

Day, a 5-4 junior guard, helped lead the Warriors to a berth in the Class A state tournament by averaging 17.9 points. She earned first-team all-state honors and was selected to the all-PVC team.

Earning Coach of the Year honors is Tucker County’s Ambrose. He guided the Mountain Lions to the semifinals of the Class A state tournament and his squad finished the season with a 20-5 record.

It was the second straight season Ambrose guided Tucker County to a berth in the state’s Final Four.

“We fell a little short of what our goal was this season,” Ambrose said.

“But I couldn’t have been more proud of the group we had.

“They were a very coachable team and played extremely hard.”