Tigers bow to top-ranked Polar Bears

The Inter-Mountain photo by Kevin Hostetler Elkins senior point guard Dalton Hamrick drives to the basket Tuesday against Fairmont Senior

ELKINS — Elliott White and Dalton Hamrick combined for 34 points Tuesday, as the Elkins Tigers fell to Class AA No. 1 ranked Fairmont Senior High School, 80-48, in Big 10 Conference action.

“We hung with them in the first half,” EHS coach Brandon Simmons said. “We went into the locker room down by seven points against a state championship caliber team, so I was pretty happy with the first half. It was a solid outing for us.

“We were within striking distance and had a pretty good opportunity going into the second half. In the second half, they applied a little bit more pressure and got to us. They got in the paint and got a lot of points to stretch out the lead there. Then in the fourth, they put it away with the press.”

The Tigers battled tough in the first half, holding FSHS to a 34-27 lead at halftime. The Polar Bears regained control in the second half, combining the quarters for 46 points, while holding EHS to 21 points in the half.

White and Hamrick scored 17 points each for the Tigers. Devan Ricottilli also contributed to the effort with 8 points.

“We need to deal with pressure a little better,” Simmons said. “We’ve got to let the offense work for us a little more. We got a little excited and a little erratic with the ball.

“We were playing a high caliber team … Playing those high caliber teams will make us better,” he said. “It lets the kids see exactly what it takes to be a good team, the amount of work those guys put in and how hard they play. It’s a good learning experience.”

Five Polar Bears finished the game with double digits in scoring. Zyon Dobbs and Taevon Horton led the way with 16 points each, while Bryson Gilbert and Dante Stills chipped in 12 points each.

Elkins (4-6) is set to host Robert C. Byrd on Thursday. Junior varsity action begins at 5:45 p.m. and varsity action tips off at 7:30 p.m.