Tucker girls best MHS for sectional title
Lady Mountain Lions will host Notre Dame Thursday in a co-regional final
PETERSBURG — Class A, No. 5 Tucker County claimed its latest sectional crown on Saturday afternoon after picking up a 57-51 win over Potomac Valley Conference rival Moorefield in the Region II, Section 2 title game hosted at Petersburg High School.
The Mountain Lions improved to 16-6 and are slated to host Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Thursday for a co-region championship game on the mountain.
Tucker used a strong rebounding effort of 44-23 over the Yellow Jackets during the contest, with 33 caroms occurring on the defensive end of the hardwood.
“It was a good team win with a solid defensive effort,” TCHS coach Dave Helmick said. “We held their leading scorer in check and Mckinley Murphy had that assignment most of the game and did a good job on her.
“We dominated the boards, and that was a big help. We’re looking forward to hosting a regional game on Thursday.”
After leading 11-8 after first quarter, the Mountain Lions went to the break with an eight-point advantage of 21-13. Tucker County had the margin out to 15 with a 20-13 third-canto performance to make the score 41-26 when the fourth frame ensued.
“We were up by 18 points midway through the fourth, and they banked in some threes late,” Helmick said. “Terra Kuhn struggled in the first half with only six points. She scored 16 in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter.”
Kuhn finished the game with double-double tally of 22 points and 16 boards.
Mckinley Murphy rounded up 12 markers and eight rebounds while also diming out five assists.
Riley Evans nabbed eight in the scoring column to go along with five assists, while London Hood recorded six points and five assists.
Aliyah Plum also grabbed seven rebounds.
Madison McGregor hit five threes in the second half to dent the scoreboard with a total of 22 points for Moorefield. Fellow junior teammate Lindsey Rinker inked 16 markers for the MHS Lady ‘Jackets.
Helmick noted that Tucker County’s next opponent is a familiar one, and there will likely be no surprises for either team in the latest single-A rivalry game between the Mountain Lions and Notre Dame High School out of Clarksburg.
It won’t be the first time these two squads will have met in the postseason after splitting decisions in the regular session’s slate. Notre Dame bested Tucker with a 58-39 verdict when TCHS opened its season on the road early in December. Tucker County made things to date level with a 59-43 dispatching of the Lady Irish in late January.
“We weren’t at full strength and weren’t playing our best basketball over there,” Helmick said. “We’ve continued to get better with our defense. We’ll work on some matchup things when preparing for Notre Dame.
“There won’t be any surprises. You could ask (NDHS) coach (Bob) Martino the same question, and he would tell you the same thing. We know them, they know us. It’s a matter of just executing the game plan and getting another win.”
Moorefield (13-12) is slated for a road game at No. 10 Trinity (16-8) on Thursday with a 7 p.m. tip-off time.