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Tucker County captures win over Lady Colts

Jayden Kuhn nets 25 points in 74-56 triumph

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Tucker County’s Terra Kuhn looks for an open teammate as Philip Barbour’s Emily Denison defends Thursday night in Philippi. Kuhn had 19 points and nine rebounds in the Class A, fifth-ranked Lady Mountain Lions’ 74-56 win.

PHILIPPI — Fifth ranked single-A Tucker County extended its record out to 3-0 with a 74-56 win over Philip Barbour in non-conference action Thursday night at PBHS.

The host Lady Colts trailed 22-18 entering the second quarter before the Lady Mountain Lions pulled away late in the canto to take a 43-34 edge into the halftime locker room.

Tucker did the lion’s share of breaking the game open in the third, carrying a 57-41 advantage into the final period and holding PB to just two points before the TCHS reserves began to enter the contest less than halfway through the fourth quarter.

“I told the team in the locker room we’re over this one, we’re moving on to the next one,” PB coach Rick Mouser said. “We have some mistakes to work on. Credit to Tucker County, they did what they needed to do.

“We are a young team, and just need to keep improving as the season goes on.”

Emily Denison paced the Lady Colts with 17 points and five rebounds. Alyssa Hill inked 12 in the scoring column and Mimi Ferguson garnered seven points behind a 7 of 8 effort at the charity stripe.

Tucker County’s Jayden Kuhn recorded a game-high 25 points and three assists. Older sister Terra Kuhn followed with 19 points and nine rebounds while shooting 7 of 14 from the line.

Freshman Kadie Colebank recorded her first TCHS career double-double with 11 boards, 10 points and eight blocked shots.

London Hood rounded out the Lady Mountain Lion group of four in double figures with 12 points, four takeaways and three assists. Gracie Rapp chipped in with seven rebounds and four points.

“Tonight was definitely the best defensive game we have played so far,” TCHS coach Dave Helmick said. “It was also the best game offensively, especially in the second half.

“I went over some things at halftime and I asked them to hold them (PB) to one shot and our girls executed.”

Philip Barbour (2-1) will resume play today in the championship game of the Sam Board tournament in Grafton where the Lady Colts face the host Lady Bearcats starting at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Tucker County (3-0) will be idle until Thursday when its travels to Petersburg High School.

The Lady Mountain Lions will return home next Saturday for a noon start versus Parkersburg Catholic.

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