Buckhannon-Upshur downs Philip Barbour, 73-57

PHILIPPI — Class AA Philip Barbour went head-to-head against the No. 2 AAA team, Buckhannon-Upshur, on Friday, fighting hard but eventually falling 73-57 to B-UHS in a Big 10 Conference matchup hosted at the Colts’ Corral.

During Friday’s game, Buckhannon junior guard Hanna McClung reached the 1,000-points mark in career scoring totals as a Lady Buccaneer. McClung finished the contest with 23 in the scorers column on Friday, and handed out 6 assists.

“Philip Barbour came out tough to hit some big shots and they hit the boards,” B-UHS coach Jeremy Maxwell said. “We had a better energy in the second half. We attacked the basket a little more, and it opened up more opportunities.

“We are just happy to get the win, PB is a tough place to play at. They have good support in the stands.”

Philip Barbour led 22-20 after one period, and was still up 31-29 at halftime.

A 21-13 third period in favor of Buckhannon-Upshur led to B-UHS putting up a 23-13 final stanza to seal the victory.

Philip Barbour senior Chelsea Mayle led all scorers with 24. Carmen Cline, also a senior, put up 8 points for the hosts.

Junior Kasey Neville pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 8 points for PB.

Senior Shayna Rexrode chipped in with 6 points for the Colts.

B-U junior Lauren Bennett collected 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for the Lady Bucs.

“We played really well,” PBHS coach Curtis Bodkins said. “The mental effort is getting better. They focused in and played good in responsibility aspects. We have a ways to go, and the squad is building toward peaking at the right time down the stretch.”

Buckhannon is now 15-2, and will resume play on Wednesday at Bridgeport.

Philip Barbour is 7-10 on the season, and will be at East Fairmont on Wednesday.

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