No. 2 Buckhannon-Upshur to face No. 7 St. Albans in Charleston

The Inter-Mountain file photo by Kevin Hostetler Buckhannon-Upshur’s Hanna McClung has been a leader all season for the Lady Bucs

TENNERTON — The Class AAA No. 2 Buckhannon-Upshur girls basketball squad will be taking their impressive 22-3 resume onto the court at the Charleston Civic Center today for an opening quarter-final round contest against No. 7 St. Albans (17-8) at 11:15 a.m.

Early in the season, the Buccaneers cruised past the SAHS Red Dragons 61-29 in St. Albans.

Buckhannon is making their third consecutive trip to the state dance under the direction of third-year coach Jeremy Maxwell.

“They (St. Albans) are a much-improved team than what we saw back in December,” Maxwell said. “I expect that they will bring everything they’ve got at us for a good game. We just have to continue to do the small things right, and stay focused when it comes game time.

“We’ve played great team basketball this season, and that has to continue in the tournament. It’s one step at a time from here,” he said.

While earning an outright Big 10 Conference title for the 2016-17 season, the Bucs have averaged 62 points per game, while allowing their opponents an average of 45 points. The only three losses suffered by Buckhannon came against AA No. 5 Lincoln, AAA No. 6 Wheeling Park and three-time defending AAA champion Morgantown High School.

Buckhannon-Upshur evened the score and then some, topping the MHS Lady Mohigans in a regular season win in Tennerton, before dropping Morgantown 45-40 for the Region I Section 2 crown.

Several players have combined for a balanced attack by the Lady Bucs. Senior post player Makayla Reynolds was sidelined for a time in mid-season, but has rebounded well to once again be an inside force.

Alli Robinson and Hanna McClung have played key roles in scoring, assists and steals.

Lauren Louk, a senior, has gritted well in the paint, and Lauren Bennett has often turned in a well-rounded stat report this season.

Ashton Maxwell, Audrey Gaudet and others also have been strong parts of the team effort by B-UHS.