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Tucker girls cruise past Lady Hawks

HAMBLETON — London Hood scored 11 of her 13 points in a strong first-half performance as Class A, No. 5 Tucker County posted a 61-36 win over single-A regional opponent South Harrison on Tuesday night.

Hood, a sophomore guard, also had four steals on the night and a pair of 3-pointers over the first two quarters for the Lady Mountain Lions, who led 26-18 at halftime.

Tucker County popped out to a 17-9 lead after one quarter of play, closing the canto on a 10-2 run, before each team netted nine points in the second frame.

Taking more control in the third, Tucker put up a 17-9 scoring edge before closing out with an 18-8 advantage in the final canto.

“They finally woke up and started playing some defense,” TCHS coach Dave Helmick said of his team. “We kind of went through the motions in the first half. I told them in the huddles and at halftime we have to be more patient. The defensive effort in the second half was much better.”

Terra Kuhn, Tucker County’s returning all-stater, found her own more in the second half and finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with eight boards.

Gracie Rapp inked eight points and six rebounds while shooting 4 of 6 at the foul line.

Jessi Daniels came off the bench with eight points for the hosts. Jayden Kuhn nabbed seven points and three steals, while freshman starter Kadie Colebank scored five points and totaled multiple blocks in the contest as the tallest player in the game at 6-foot.

Freshman Reagan Rudder paced the visitors with 11 points — connecting on three shots from behind the arc.

Tucker County improved to 2-0 and is slated to visit Philip Barbour (1-0) on Thursday with a varsity tip time of 7:30 p.m.

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