Mtn. Lions fall to Fayetteville, 52-47

The Inter-Mountain photos by Becky Moore Tucker County’s Corrick Ambrose scored 14 points in a close loss to Fayetteville Monday in the IOGA tournament.

GLENVILLE — Tucker County went head-to-head against fellow Class A Fayetteville Monday in the IOGA tournament at Glenville State College, and ended up 6 points shy of victory, falling 52-47 to the also-visiting Pirates.

Fayetteville’s first quarter put them in the driver’s seat with a 16-9 advantage heading into the second frame.

Tucker outscored FHS 10-6 in the second to only trail by 3 points, 22-19, at the half.

The Mountain Lions kept good pace by losing the third quarter by just a point, 11-10, and scored just a point less than their opponents in the fourth, though Fayetteville’s early lead allowed them to hold on for the win.

“We had first-quarter woes, we started out slow again,” TCHS coach Jim Ambrose said. “We battled back, and it became a game of possessions. We didn’t quit, and I saw some good things out of our team.”

Tucker’s Wesley Snyder makes a move toward the basket against Fayetteville Monday.

A trio of juniors paced Tucker, as Corrick Ambrose with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Jeffrey Snyder with 8 boards and 5 points, and Alec Cummings with 10 in the scoring column represented TCHS on the road at the Waco Center.

The Mountain Lions will be back in Gilmer County Friday to settle a tournament consolation contest slated for a 5 p.m. tip time.