EMS girls bow to Lady Bucs

TENNERTON — The Lady Hornets struggled to get the offense going Monday, bowing to Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, 33-9, in girls varsity basketball action.

“The girls varsity team is still working on fundamentals and learning to become better basketball players,” EMS coach Clint Bennett said. “We’ve got to start taking care of the ball better. We’ve got to watch our passes and start passing better. Overall, the effort is great. Like I told them, I know they expect instant gratification, but they’ve got to trust the process and keep a good attitude and give a good effort along the way.”

Anna Belan led EMS with 4 points, while Hannah Davis chipped in 3 points to the effort. Shelby McDaniels led B-UMS with 14 points.

In junior varsity action, Buckhannon picked up a 16-10 victory.

EMS’ Autumn Lane was the game’s top scorer with 8 points, while teammate Gracelin Corley closed out the scoring log with 2 points. Kenna Maxwell was the top scorer for B-UMS with 6 points.

“I’m proud of the JV team,” Bennett said. “We were down 10-3 at the half, and we fought back to come within two points. I told them at halftime, if they wanted to get back into the game, they’ve got to keep blocking in defensively. We outshot them in the second half, we just turned it over too much in the second half. The got some shots late in the fourth quarter to put them ahead by 6. I’m just proud of them and their defensive effort. They work hard and they don’t have anything to head their heads over. We’re just going back to work.”

Elkins (0-3) is set to return to action on Wednesday when Taylor County comes to visit. Junior varsity action is set for 6 p.m. and the varsity contest will follow.