B-UMS girls varsity team earns first win of 2021-22 season

Avery Hamer at the free throw line for the game’s deciding shot. PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School girls varsity basketball team, under the guidance of co-head coaches Sheena Westfall and Carrie Egress, captured their first win of the 2021-22, overcoming the Braxton County Middle School Little Eagles in an away contest this past Monday, January 24. 

Nearing the halfway point of the season, the Little Lady Bucs varsity team found themselves still searching for their first win of the year. During the early stages of the 2021-22 season, Weston stressed that effort and the development of the girls as both students and players were higher priority than wins or losses. With their season shortened last year by the complications posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the girls had lost nearly a full-year of organized basketball which would have landed them invaluable experience entering this season. It took time to shape her team into a cohesive unit. It would seem as if the team finally put together a full game from their young, inexperienced yet very talented squad. 

B-U opened the game with a quiet first quarter, getting outscored 6-2 by the Little Eagles in the game’s opening period. The Little Lady Bucs responded with a 10-point exploding in the second quarter, fueled by a balanced offensive attack in which 5 players found their way into the scoring column. Going into the locker-room for halftime, the B-UMS girls varsity team held a narrow 1-point, 12-11 lead.

The second half opened up with the Little Eagles holding the Little Lady Bucs scoreless for the entire period, erasing the lead. Outscored 8-0 in the third period, the team faced a 7-point, 19-12 deficit entering the fourth and final quarter. The girls closed out the game, outscoring the Little Eagles 18-10 in the final quarter to win a thriller by a final score of 30-29. The team won the game at the free throw line after Avery Hamer sinking the game winning free throws to deliver the B-UMS girls varsity team their first win of the year.

Shaylee Hebb paced the Little Lady Bucs in scoring, putting up an efficient 12 total points on 5 made 2-point field goals and 3-4 (75%) shooting from the free throw line.

The hero of the game’s final moments, Hamer, stayed aggressive offensively, fighting through contact, drawing fouls, and getting to the free throw line seemingly all game long. Hamer played big when it counted, ending the game as the Little Lady Bucs second leading scorer with 6 points, including her game-winning free throws. While Hamer did most of her damage from the charity stripe, shooting 4-6 (66%) from the free throw line, she also managed to hit a single 2-point field goal as part of her outstanding offensive effort.

Jaclyn Burch scored 4 total points on 2 made 2-point field goals. Burch proved to be a reliable scoring option for the B-UMS girls varsity team, playing a key role on both sides of the ball to help propel her team to their first win of the year.

Sarah Coffman proved to be yet another reliable option for the Little Lady Bucs’ offense. Coffman scored 3 points on the evening. Coffman hit a 2-point field goal and finished shooting 1-2 (50%) from the free throw line.

The duo of Taylor Parke and Taylor Feather scored 2 points apiece, both finding their way on the stat sheet with a single made 2-point field goal. 

Both Lena Rose Walker and Jayla Westfall scored 1 point against Braxton from the free throw line. Walker and Westfall each finished the game shooting 1-2 (50%) from the free throw line. 

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