Basketball Lady Bucs cruise past Robert C. Byrd and Philip Barbour

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Gabby Parke goes into the paint for a lay-up in front of a Philip Barbour defender during Saturday’s game at the high school. Parke erupted for 25 points as the Lady Bucs downed Philip Barbour, 67-43.

Freshman Parke lights up Philip Barbour with 25 points

CLARKSBURG – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc basketball team put together a pair of dominating victories over a three-day period against Robert C. Byrd and Philip Barbour.

The Lady Bucs went to Clarksburg on Monday and downed the Eagles by a 64-37 score and two days earlier in a home contest with Philip Barbour, they won a 67-43 battle.

The two wins put head coach Rob Kittle’s team at 3-0 heading into last night’s battle with Grafton.

In Monday night’s game with the Eagles, the contest was delayed 10 minutes while officials attempted to repair the scoreboard, which they were never able to fix so the game was played without a working scoreboard.

Shelby McDaniels and Kendal Currence led the B-U attack against Robert C. Byrd with both players scoring over 20 points.

McDaniels ended her night with 23 points while Currence tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

“Both players really took control of the game for us tonight,” remarked Kittle. “Kendal finally came out of her shell, hopefully we see this from her for the rest of the year. With Shelby, she is going to be competing every game and hitting shots for us.”

The Lady Bucs scored the first six points of the contest against the Eagles, but Robert C. Byrd closed the opening quarter on a 9-2 run for a 9-8 lead.

It was the only lead the Lady Bucs would give to the Eagles.

Currence started the second quarter with a jumper, McKenzie Reynolds knocked down a short jumper and Currence came back with two free throws as the Lady Bucs recaptured the lead, at 14-9.

Jaden Sturm nailed a three-pointer for Robert C. Byrd to make it a 21-15 contest at the three-minute mark, but the Lady Bucs closed on a 13-0 run for a 34-15 lead at the break.

McDaniels and Kennedy Samargo did all the damage during the run as McDaniels put in eight points and Samargo five.

A three-pointer by McDaniels pushed the Lady Buc lead to 18 in the third quarter, at 42-24, but the Eagles ended the stanza on a brief 5-0 run making it a 42-29 contest heading into the final eight minutes of action.

A three-pointer by Martina Howe kept Robert C. Byrd hanging around in the game as it made the score 49-37 with 4:29 left to play, but a time out by Kittle settled the Lady Bucs down and they ended the game on a 15-0 run.

During the run, Currence scored eight points, McDaniels, Kenna Maxwell, and Samargo two and Gabby Parke one.

Trailing McDaniels and Currence in the scoring column for the Lady Bucs was Samargo with 11 points.

Reynolds added three points and 10 rebounds.

The Lady Buc defense forced Robert C. Byrd into 36 turnovers.

“We did a great job of communicating and flying around on defense to force those turnovers,” stated Kittle. “We were getting our hands on a lot of passes. I thought we were able to find that next gear defensively in shutting them down the last few minutes of the game.”

Howe led Robert C. Byrd with 14 points.

In Saturday’s game, it was the freshman Parke who put on a show scoring 25 points while hitting six three-pointers in the Lady Bucs 24-point win.

Reynolds made an outside jumper to get things started for the Lady Bucs, McDaniels followed with a jumper in the paint, Parke uncorked her first three-pointer of the game and Samargo made a lay-up as Buckhannon-Upshur raced out to a 9-0 lead.

McDaniels added four more points in the quarter and Parke hit two more treys as the Lady Bucs led after eight minutes of action by a 19-8 score.

The Lady Bucs dominated the second quarter winning it by a 23-9 margin.

All five starters got into the scoring book in the quarter as the Lady Bucs owned a 42-17 lead at the break.

With a healthy lead, the Lady Bucs pulled back in the third quarter scoring just eight points, a three-pointer and free throw from Parke and baskets from Reynolds and Samargo.

B-U still led going into the fourth quarter by a 50-33 score.

Buckhannon-Upshur went on to win the final stanza by a 17-10 score with seven players getting into the scoring act.

Following Parke in the scoring column for B-U were McDaniels with 13 points and Samargo with 12.

“Parke had a great game,” stated Kittle “She didn’t force any shots. She really stepped up well for us as a freshman. If we can get that kind of effort from her every night, we are going to be a really dangerous team.”

The Lady Bucs will return to action Saturday when they visit Wheeling Park for a 5 p.m. contest.

The boxscores:

Buckhannon-Upshur 8  26  8  22 – 64

Robert C. Byrd            9  6  14  8 – 37

Buckhannon-Upshur 64

Shelby McDaniels 8-15 2-4 23; Kendal Currence 7-10 6-6 21; Kennedy Samargo 5-12 1-3 11; Gabby Parke 1-9 1-2 4; McKenzie Reynolds 1-12 1-2 3; Kenna Maxwell 1-4 0-0 2; Kiara Woods 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 11-17 64.

Robert C. Byrd 37

Martina Howe 6-10 0-0 14; Jaden Sturm 1-8 3-4 5; Victoria Sturm 2-13 0-0 4; Carleigh Curotz 2-5 0-2 4; Birkely Richards 1-3 0-0 3; Olivia Lowther 1-2 0-0 3; Rhi Haller 1-3 0-0 2; Abba Gallo 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 15-46 3-6 37.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 5-8; Currence 1-3; Parke 1-6; Reynolds 0-2; Samargo 0-2; Maxwell 0-3. Totals 7-24; Robert C. Byrd: Howe 2-3; Richards 1-3; Lowther 1-1; V. Sturm 0-1; J. Sturm 0-4; Totals 4-12.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 11; Reynolds 10; Samargo 4; Woods 4; team 4; Maxwell 2; McDaniels 2; Parke 1; deadball 1. Totals 39; Robert C. Byrd: Lowther 8; V. Sturm 7; Curtoz 6; team 5; Howe 4; J. Sturm 4; Gallo 2; Richards 2; Haller 1; deadball 1. Totals 40.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: Samargo 5; McDaniels 4; Maxwell 3; Reynolds 2; Parke 1; Currence 1. Totals 16; Robert C. Byrd: Lowther 3; V. Sturm 1; Howe 1; Curotz 1. Totals 6.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 6; Maxwell 4; McDaniels 4; Reynolds 3; Woods 3; Parke 3; Samargo 1. Totals 24; Robert C. Byrd: J. Strum 3; V. Sturm 1; Howe 1; Curtotz 1. Totals 7.

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: Parke 1. Totals 1; Robert C. Byrd: V. Strum 1; Richard 1; Curotz 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 18; Robert C. Byrd: 36.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 12 Robert C. Byrd 18.

Philip Barbour         8  9  16  10 – 43

Buckhannon-Upshur 19  23  8  17 – 67

Philip Barbour 43

Alyssa Hill 6-13 2-2 14; Emily Denison 6-12 1-2 13; Brayln Sparks 4-11 0-0 10; Kiana Bolyard 1-4 0-0 3; Mimi Ferguson 1-2 0-0 2; Bryanne Tustin 0-2 1-2 1; Marissa Schifelbein 0 0-0 0; Darcy Knight 0-0 0-0 0; Averi Carpenter 0-7 0-2 0; Arrington Sparks 0-1 0-0 0; Mattie Marsh 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 18-53 4-10 43. 

Buckhannon-Upshur 67

Gabby Parke 9-15 1-3 25; Shelby McDaniels 4-12 5-5 13; Kennedy Samargo 6-11 0-0 12; McKenzie Reynolds 4-9 0-0 8; Kenna Maxwell 2-5 0-0 5; Kiara Woods 1-4 0-0 2; Kendal Currence 1-5 0-0 2; Rosie Shackleford 0-1 0-0 0; Olivia Ellis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 6-8 67.

Three-point field goals – Philip Barbour: B. Sparks 2-5; Bolyard 1-2; Ferguson 0-1; Schiefelbein 0-1; A. Sparks 0-1; Carpenter 0-5. Totals 3-15; Buckhannon-Upshur: Parke 6-10; Maxwell 1-1; Samargo 0-1; Currence 0-1; McDaniels 0-2; Reynolds 0-2. Totals 7-17.

Rebounds – Philip Barbour: Hill 10; Carpenter 6; Denison 5 Ferguson 2; Tustin 2; B. Sparks 2; Knight 2; Marsh 1; Bolyard 1; Schiefelbein 1. Totals 32; Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 8; Reynolds 8; McDaniels 6; Woods 4; Samargo 2; Parke 2; Ellis 1. Totals 31.

Assists – Philip Barbour: Denison 4; Hill 3; A. Sparks 2; Marsh 1; B. Sparks 1; Bolyard 1. Totals 12; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 5; Samargo 5; Currence 3; Parke 2; Ellis 2; Maxwell 1; Reynolds 1; Woods 1. Totals 20.

Steals – Philip Barbour: Denison 4; B. Sparks 3; Hill 1; Bolyard 1; A. Sparks 1. Totals 10; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 5; Samargo 4; Woods 3; Currence 2; Parke 2; Maxwell 1. Totals 17.

Blocked shots – Philip Barbour: None; Buckhannon-Upshur: Woods 1. Totals 1.

Turnovers – Philip Barbour 30; Buckhannon-Upshur: 19.

Fouls – Philip Barbour11; Buckhannon-Upshur: 12.

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