B-UHS varsity girls’ basketball team cruise by rival Lewis County, 64-27

#23 junior forward Kendal Currence finishes lefty lay-up in win over rival Lewis County. ROBERTA HATCHER/The Record Delta

BUCKHANNON The Lady Bucs dominated from the opening tip, only allowing 2 points from the Lewis County Minutemaids in the first quarter on Thursday’s game. The team’s smothering defense led to steals and fast break buckets on the other end. Fueled by their relentless defensive pressure, the first quarter essentially turned into a 13-2 run for the ladies, who built a comfortable lead going into the second.

The Maids calmed down and found a rhythm in the second quarter, but the Lady Bucs stayed hot on offense, outscoring Lewis County 13-10 in the period. Going into halftime, B- UHS led 26-12.

The adjustments, that head coach Rob Kittle, made during halftime paid off immediately as the Lady Bucs came out of halftime on a scoring run to build on their lead. The team held the Maids to only 6 points in the third quarter, while pouring in 17 points of their own to extend their lead heading into the fourth. The ladies of the B- UHS team saved their best for last in terms of offense, scoring 21 fourth quarter points, primarily by way of forcing turnovers, getting fastbreak opportunities, and converting. The Lady Bucs’ defense was the story in this one, locking down the Lewis County Minutemaids in route to a 64-27 victory at home.

Kittle was thrilled with his team’s all-around performance, especially their defensive effort, stating, “I am proud of our girls; they played an all-around great game. I was very happy with our defensive performance. We controlled the pace of the game and I thought we did a wonderful job of disrupting their offense.”

Despite being pleased with his team’s progress up to this point in the season, Kittle also showed restraint, keeping the season in perspective for his team, saying, “While, I am really happy with the way we are competing right now, I think we still have a long way to go if we hope to get back to Charleston this year, which is ultimately our goal.”

For the second straight game, do-it all senior guard Shelby McDaniels recorded a double-double, scoring 15 points, distributing 10 assists, while also pulling down 5 rebounds, and coming away with 4 steals. When asked about the play of his returning all-state guard, Kittle said, “Shelby having her second straight game with 10 assists just shows why she is our team’s leader.”

Kittle also mentioned senior Alyssa Abel’s performance providing a spark off the bench as something that played a major factor in taking beating Lewis County, saying, “Alyssa Abel coming off the bench with tremendous effort and energy, giving us a spark, and being rewarded by recording a double-double. She made a huge impact on this game.” Abel finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds, leaving her fingerprints all over this game.

Sophomore Gabby Parke had a great game finishing with 12 points, sophomore Kenna Maxwell scored 8 points, junior Kendal Currence scored 8 points, senior Olivia Ellis scored 3 points, and sophomore Kyndal Davis 2 points to round out the scoring numbers for the Lady Bucs.

The Lady Bucs’ (2-0) will look to continue their hot start to the season this week as they travel to play the Lincoln Cougars (0-2) and then welcome Musselmen Applewomen (0-3) to Tennerton this weekend. 


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