Hornets fall to Buckhannon

ELKINS — Austin Harris scored 14 points Monday, but wasn’t enough to move Elkins Middle School past Buckhannon-Upshur in boys varsity basketball action. The Bucs won the varsity contest, 53-41.

“We were down 34-11 at halftime, but we out scored them in the second half, 30-19,” EMS coach Doug Boggs said. “We’ve got to put two halves together, but the kids didn’t quit. They gave 110 percent effort. To be down by 22 points at halftime and to lose by 12, I was really proud of their effort. They had a great second half. We’ve just got to put two halves together. We played so much better in the second half.”

Along with Harris’ 14 points, eight other Hornets found their way into the scoring column. Buckhannon’s Mason Hyre was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points.

In junior varsity action, the Hornets pulled out a 51-22 victory to remain unbeaten on the season. In that game, Ben Baines scored 14 points, Corey Harper scored 12 points and Jack Bragg scored 10 points for Elkins. Zach Calef-Buring led B-UMS with 6 points.

“They JV’s are playing very well as a team,” Boggs said. “We had three guys reach double digits in scoring. We have some great team play. They’re fun to watch. They’re very unselfish and it shows in the scoring column. It’s fun to be a part of.”

Elkins (0-3) is set to return to action on Wednesday when the team travels to Taylor County. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m. and the varsity game follows.