TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School girls junior varsity team dominated Washington Irvin Middle School (Clarksburg) at home last Thursday, February 3. The girls junior varsity squad led W.I. led wire-to-wire, with the Little Lady Bucs defense only allowing a total of 2 points all game, cruising to a 48-point, 50-2 win.
The Little Lady Bucs wasted no time, outscoring W.I. 13-0 in a dominant first quarter. The Little Lady Bucs defense overwhelmed the Hilltoppers’ ball-handlers. Unprepared to deal with the length and pressure of the Little Lady Bucs, the Hilltoppers couldn’t get into any semblance of a rhythm. For much of the night, it seemed as if the Little Lady Bucs would accomplish a most unusual feat, holding an opponent scoreless for an entire basketball game. After heading into the locker-room for halftime with a commanding 25-0 advantage, the Little Lady Bucs maintained their defensive intensity from the first half, holding the Hilltoppers scoreless in the third period. Through three quarters, the Hilltoppers hadn’t hit a shot from the field against the Little Lady Bucs, but finally got on the board when they scored on 2 made free throws mid-way into the fourth quarter, acting as a small consolation prize in an otherwise tough night offensively for the Hilltoppers. In the end, the Little Lady Bucs, fueled by their outstanding defense, cruised to a 50-2 win over W.I.
B-UMS girls junior varsity head coach, Mac Egress, spoke on her team’s dominating defensive performance, saying, “The girl’s played really solid team defense. I was especially proud of them on that end. Lena Rose Walker played a big role scoring 16 points, while Makenzie Egress had 10 points and rebounded very well for the team. Bralynn Guady played huge for us, adding 7 points! I changed our offense and it is the best we have looked all season! With the new changes we have worked on implementing, 9 of the 13 girls on the team scored against W.I., so I think we accomplished our goal of making sure we get everyone involved into the game plan.”
Walker paced the team in scoring, finishing the game with 16 points on 7 made 2-point field goals and a 2-5 (40%) mark from the free throw line.
Egress posted a double-double with 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the game, playing a huge role as the team’s most consistent interior presence. Egress’ play on the boards and in the post on both sides of the ball was major factor in her team’s success Thursday night.
Bralynn Guady scored 7 points, on 2 made 2-point field goals and the team’s lone made 3-point field goal. Kylie Hull scored 5 points, making 2 2-point field goals and 1-2 (50%) shooting mark from the free throw line. Gracie Gerwig had 4 points, all coming in the fourth quarter on 2 made 2-point field goals.
Lylah Ketterman scored 2 points, hitting a 2-point field goal in the fourth quarter to wrap up the scoring numbers in the Little Lady Bucs over the Hilltoppers. Madelyn Tucker ended the night with 2 points, hitting a 2-point field goal in the game’s second quarter. Taylor Feather finished with 2 points by hitting a 2-point field goal in the game’s second quarter. Gabby Weese finished with 2 points from the free throw line. Weese finished the game with a 2-6 (33.3%) mark from the charity stripe. Taylor Feather finished with 2 points by hitting a 2-point field goal in the game’s second quarter.