TENNERTON - Webster County utilized a 20-2 first-half run in claiming a 50-32 victory over Buckhannon-Upshur Wednesday night.
Behind a series of points in transition and layups off cuts in their half-court offensive scheme, the Highlanders turned an early 12-3 B-U lead into a 23-14 advantage that they never relinquished.
"We were just not getting to our spots in the halfcourt, and we were simply not getting back in transition," B-U coach Tristan Gray said. "Neither should have happened. They were running one of our offenses, so we should have been able to defend those cuts. They were just beating us down the floor on those transition baskets."
Guard Samantha Stout was the leader of the slashing into the Lady Buc defense. She recorded seven steals and finished with 15 points. Bethany Young led the Highlanders in scoring with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Taylor Anderson provided a team-high nine rebounds to match her six points.
B-U had another strong night on the boards, winning the team rebounding margin 42-28. However, it was hurt by 27 turnovers and a 7-of-19 evening at the foul line.
"We are going to have solid rebounding games with the personnel we have, but we need to be better at the line," Gray said. "If we could just hit 50 percent, with our rebounding and defense, we will be able to stay in a lot of games."
Megan Wilfong led B-U with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Kelsey Hinzman produced a game-high 18 rebounds to complement her seven points. Alexis McDaniels had six points and six rebounds, with Haley Ware coming off the bench to produce six rebounds.
B-U falls to 1-3 with the loss, while Webster County improves to a perfect 3-0.
The Lady Bucs will host Hampshire on Saturday.