TENNERTON — As the 2021-22 Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School girls basketball teams near the season’s halfway point, the varsity girls basketball team sits at 0-6, while the junior varsity team is 1-5. Despite a 6-game losing record, there is still a positive and upbeat tone surrounding the girl’s middle school basketball program. With head coach Sheena Westfall, at the helm, the girls have shown tremendous growth in their search for consistency.
“This year’s team is a very young team. Early this season, we have been battling through growing pains. These girls had their season cut short last and we are working hard each and every day to make up for that. We could be disappointed looking at our record, but it really does not reflect the work these girls put in daily,” Westfall stated. “Each game, this group of girls experience victories and those are the moments we are looking to build upon. The adversity these girls have had to face is only going to make them stronger as students, young women, and basketball players. While it has been tough at times, our team has really stuck it out as a team, we are working through it all together, focusing on their development.”
Shaylee Hebb, Taylor Parke, and Taylor Feather have all taken turns as leading the Little Lady Bucs varsity team in scoring this season. Hebb led the girl’s in scoring by netting 10 points in a 47-16 loss to rival Robert L. Bland Middle School in the first game of the season. She followed this up by leading the team in scoring a few more times, with 7 points in a 34-20 loss to Taylor County and 6 points in a 58-16 loss to Belington.
Taylor Parke dropped 7 points to lead the varsity girls team in their best performance so far this year, in a 49-33 loss to Bridgeport. Taylor Feather scored 7 points in a 69-17 loss to rival Elkins. This trio has shown the potential to be dangerous if they continue to work on their games and stick together as a group. The Little Lady Bucs have the makings of a well-balanced offensive attack if they can all play together as a unit.
The junior varsity team reached the win column in the fourth game of the season against Bridgeport, securing a thrilling 25-23 victory behind sixth-grader Sarah Coffman’s 9 points. Coffman then went on to score 12 of the team’s 16 total points in a loss against rival Elkins. Coffman has since earned some varsity playing time, scoring 5 points for the varsity team in their most recent game against Lincoln back on Friday, January 14. The junior varsity Little Lady Bucs also narrowly lost games to rival RLBMS, 20-15 and Taylor County 26-22. Lena Rose Walker, Kylie Hull and Bralynn Guady have all proved to be scoring threats for the junior varsity girls team, ensuring the team stayed competitive in almost every game this season.
There have been stretches of games, in which both girls teams have strung together a scoring run or played outstanding defense. With a pause last season, the teams missed out on a year of organized basketball, which would have given them experience heading into this season. Despite the roadblock, the team has found a way to stay competitive and represent Upshur County with pride. If these girls can find their rhythm, wins are sure to follow.