Tucker County girls fall at Notre Dame in season debut

The Inter-Mountain photo by Stephanie Murphy Tucker County’s London Hood drives to the basket against Notre Dame Thursday night in Clarksburg.

CLARKSBURG — Class A, No. 5 Tucker County suffered a 59-40 loss at Notre Dame on Thursday night in its season debut.

The Lady Mountain Lions overcame a 7-0 start by the Irish to come back and lead, 17-14, at the end of the first period, but the hosts outscored Tucker County, 45-23, over the remaining three quarters en route to the win.

Notre Dame senior guard Taylor Martino led all scorers with 26 points, which included four treys and a 6 of 6 effort from the charity stripe. Martino needed just six points at tip off to reach 1,000-career points.

Tucker County only put up six points in the second quarter after the Irish rattled in another 14 points to make it 28-23 at the intermission.

Notre Dame made 14 of 16 free-throw attempts in the first half. In game totals, Tucker County garnered just seven cracks from the foul line while NDHS went to the line for 30 opportunities with the game-clock paused.

A 10-0 run by Notre Dame to start the second half started putting the writing on the wall as the Irish improved to 4-0 on the season.

Tucker County was outscored 18-7 in the third to push the Irish lead out to 16, at 46-30, entering the final frame.

Tucker County had eight different players reach the scoring column. Juniors Riley Evans and Katelyn Surguy inked nine, and eight points, respectively. Seniors Aliyah Plum and Kelcee James added six apiece and fellow senior Mckinley Murphy tallied four.

Notre Dame’s scoring was rounded out by Emilee Henderson with 13 points and Amelia Angotti with 10 points.

The Lady Mountain Lions (0-1) will have little time to rest before hosting Charleston Catholic at 1 p.m. Saturday.