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Tucker girls face Tug Valley tonight in semis

CHARLESTON — Tucker County’s defense rose to the challenge in getting past Webster County Tuesday night in Class A quarterfinal action.

The fourth-seeded Lady Mountain Lions (17-4) will need a similar effort when they battle top-seed Tug Valley (13-2) at 7:15 p.m. today in semifinal action inside the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

“We played well, especially on defense,” said Tucker County coach Dave Helmick after his team held the Lady Highlanders to just 28 percent shooting from the floor in a 50-38 win.

Sophomore Kadie Colebank, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, led the Lady Mountain Lions with 16 points and 13 rebounds, followed by freshman guard Macy Helmick with 16 points.

Junior point guard London Hood helped key the defensive strategy against Webster County’s Sydney Baird, who was held to just eight field goals and seven points below her 30 points per game average.

Hood also added 11 points and nine assists on the offensive side.

The Lady Panthers, meanwhile, coasted past Pendleton County, 67-24, in their semifinal victory as sharpshooting junior guard Kaylea Baisden fired in 33 points, hitting a single-game state tourney record nine 3-pointers.

Tug Valley features a balanced-scoring attack, led by Baisden at 19 points per game. Junior guard Audrey Evans added 15 points against Pendleton County.

Today’s other semifinal, set for 11:15 a.m., features third-seed Calhoun County vs. No. 2 Cameron.

The title game is slated for 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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