TENNERTON — The 2021-22 Buckhannon- Upshur High School boy’s freshman basketball team opened their season by hosting Elkins Tuesday night. The Buc’s freshmen team’s head coach Roberta “Bobbie” Hatcher led a new group of young men into the season after her first year at the helm was cut short due to restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The freshmen team came up short at home against rival Elkins. The team fell behind after a cold shooting first half saw them only score 18 points going into the locker-room for halftime. The Bucs picked it up in the second half, scoring 25 second half points, including 15 in the third quarter alone, to get themselves back into striking distance. However, the Bucs would cool off in the fourth, coming up short against the Tigers.
Jonas Barton paced the Bucs’ freshman squad in scoring in the season opener by dropping 12 points. Jevon Westfall narrowly missed hitting double-digit scoring numbers, scoring 8 points on the evening. Both Zikiyah Oliver and Kaiden Marks scored 6 points each, while Carter Zuliani scored 5. Slaton Kowalkoski, Aden McCartney, and Joseph Shipman all chipped in 2 points each. By the end of the game, all but two Bucs had scored. Hatcher’s well-balance offensive approach and the depth of her bench will serve the team well in the near future, but the team will have to endure some early season growing pains before gelling as a unit.