Tucker drops 74-54 verdict to Preston


HAMBLETON — Tucker County took an 18-12 lead after the first quarter Tuesday night, but couldn’t hang on as Preston grabbed the lead at halftime and never looked back on its way to a 74-54 win over the Mountain Lions in non-conference action.

“We played a good first quarter-and-a-half,” TCHS coach Jim Ambrose said. “We got into some foul trouble and that was the game. Preston got the momentum and we could never get it back. At moments, we looked like (what) we are going to look like down the road.

“We didn’t show up in the second half and we have to get better.”

Tucker County, which trailed 34-31 at halftime, had nearly 20 turnovers in the contest and the visiting Knights chalked up a 25-8 win in the third quarter to build a 20-point advantage.

A 15-all stalemate in the fourth sealed the deal for the visitors.

Senior Jeffrey Snyder hit a team- high 17 points for Tucker County while pulling down four rebounds. Cameron Wamsley, also a senior, recorded 12 points and four boards, while fellow senior Corrick Ambrose also reached double figures with 11 points.

Preston’s Nick Smith fired in a game-high 23 points, while teammate Cory Pyles netted 15.

Next up for the Mountain Lions is a home game on Friday against Pocahontas County. Junior varsity is slated to kick things off at 5:45 p.m. and the varsity game will follow.