Tucker Lady Mountain Lions grab sectional crown

The Inter-Mountain photo by Becky Moore The Tucker County High School Lady Mountain Lions basketball team displays the Class A Region II Section 2 trophy Saturday. The squad will begin regional tournament play at home Wednesday, hosting Notre Dame.

PETERSBURG — Tucker County led by 11 at the end of three quarters, and turned it on down the final stretch to pick up a 48-25 Class A Region II Section 2 title win over Potomac Valley Conference rival Moorefield High School Saturday.

“Moorefield came out and played a good game with a bit of a different strategy,” TCHS coach Dave Helmick said. “We were able to settle in and get some buckets to fall, and some good run outs as the game went on.”

Tucker won the first and second quarters by 6 and 7 points, respectively, to have a 23-9 lead at Petersburg High School when the intermission began.

The MHS Lady Yellow Jackets picked up an 11-8 count on neutral ground in the third. Tucker County clamped down in the fourth with a 17-5 mark to close out the game and get the title win.

With a pair of players in double figures for TCHS, Sydney Nestor had 13 points, while Terra Kuhn had 12. Kuhn finished with 7 boards and 4 steals to boot, and Nestor recorded 4 rebounds.

Sydney Moore with 8 points, and Cecily Strawderman with 4 takeaways rounded out the black and gold’s production.

Sophomore Lindsey Rinker paced Moorefield with 11 in the scoring column Saturday.

Moorefield (12-12) will be at 12-12 Trinity Christian Wednesday for a Class A Region II co-regional contest. The winner will advance to the state tournament.

Tucker County will also be entangled in a contest for a co-share of the right to make it to states out of Region II on Wednesday when hosting Notre Dame at 7 p.m.

The Mountain Lions are 2-0 against the Fighting Irish this season. Notre Dame fell 64-22 in December as TCHS got out to a 1-0 start to begin the season on the mountain. Tucker beat NDHS, 53-28, in Clarksburg during a late January scrum.

“We have to play good defense against Notre Dame, they shoot well from three-point range,” Helmick said. “We have to keep them in front of us, and limit their shots. We have to create good looks for ourselves and be ready to play.”

If Tucker advances to the state tournament with a win on Wednesday, it will be their 14th consecutive trip to the Class A dance.

Steeped in West Virginia girls basketball history, the Lady Mountain Lions hung four Class AA state championships on the wall in the TCHS gymnasium during the 1990s under coach Dave Kyle.

The Tucker County girls’ basketball program has made it to the state tournament 24 out of the last 29 years. A win over the Irish would make it 25 for 30 tries in historical fashion.

Looking for their 14th consecutive visit to the Charleston Civic Center, the Lady Mountain Lions will host Notre Dame Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the mountain.

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