Shelby McDaniels, senior,
point guard/shooting guard
After a strong game in the Lady Bucs opening round of the Region I, Section II tournament against Bridgeport, McDaniels started off her week with the sectional tournament finals at home against the University Hawks back on Friday, February 25. McDaniels scored 10 points, pulled down 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to go along with 5 steals against the Hawks.
After a phenomenal senior campaign, McDaniels helped collect a sectional championship by being a vocal and steady leader. Despite not putting together a career game against University, McDaniels time and time again came away with huge plays during pivotal moments in the game.
McDaniels and the Lady Bucs then advanced to the WV Class-AAAA Region I championship game, this past Wednesday, March 2 against the Wheeling Park Patriots. McDaniels scored 24 points out of the team’s 36 total points in her last basketball game in a Buccaneer uniform. The team’s season came to an end after the loss to the Patriots. McDaniels went out firing, efficiently scoring at an elite level against one of the state’s best teams. While it was not quite the storybook end to her last high school season, McDaniels, nonetheless, achieved great things this year, including joining an elite list of Buckhannon-Upshur girls basketball stars to score 1,000 career points. With her help, the Lady Bucs achieved great things during their 2021-2022 campaign.
Lamar Hurst, senior,
Coming off a loss to the South Charleston Black Eagles back on Wednesday, February 23; Hurst and the Bucs had one last chance to turn things around and make a run at the state tournament as they played host to the Bridgeport Indians in the opening round of the Region I, Section II tournament.
Hurst was poised for a big game after starting during the win against Bridgeport. While the game did not go according to the Bucs planned game script, Hurst still managed to put together a strong stat line of 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in a losing effort in his last basketball game as a Buccaneer.
After averaging a little over 11 points per game and 5 rebounds last season as a junior, Hurst was honored with a selection to the second-team Big 10 All-Conference team. This season, Hurst increased his impressive productivity, while acting as steadying force and leader for an often short-handed team. Hurst and the Bucs accomplished big things this season, including winning games against traditional powerhouses houses such as: Bridgeport and Wheeling Park.