Snyder sparks Tucker past EH

HAMBLETON — Tucker County improved its record to 4-8 Tuesday evening after besting Potomac Valley Conference rival East Hardy with a 62-47 decision.

The Cougars took a 14-13 lead after one quarter of play before the two squads slowed a second quarter down to an 18-all tie by the time halftime ensued on the mountain.

“It was kind of a slow beginning,” Mountain Lions coach Jim Ambrose said. “After we challenged Jeffrey (Snyder) at halftime, he came out with 14 points in the third quarter. He scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half.”

Snyder finished with a game- high 26 points after shooting 6 of 11 from the charity stripe and pulling down nine rebounds.

Tucker County held a nine-point advantage at several points of the second half before East Hardy came to within five of the lead with 5 minutes left in regulation.

The Mountain Lions then went on a five-point run capped by a 3- pointer from sophomore Wyatt Betler. Down the stretch after that juncture, junior cager Holden Young rattled off a perfect 4 of 4 at the line to help TCHS secure victory.

Cameron Wamsley, a senior, nabbed eight caroms, while fellow senior Raheim Lamb offered solid bench play with seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

“Raheim played big for us,” Ambrose added. “He’s coming on and we need him. I was proud of him and he is getting better every game.”

Betler tallied 12 points and nine rebounds for Tucker County, which placed three players in double figures. Senior Corrick Ambrose bucketed 11 points while diming out six assists.

East Hardy was paced by the senior duo of Aden Funkhouser and Adam Larson with 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Tucker County will entertain Notre Dame (10-1) Friday following the Lady Mountain Lions’ home game against the Irish slated to begin at 5:45 p.m.