Bucs cruise past Lewis County, 61-40

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WESTON — Buckhannon-Upshur limited Lewis County to just one field goal in the second quarter en route to a 61-40 victory on Wednesday night.

The Bucs of first-year coach Travis Foster are now 2-6 overall and 1-3 in Big 10 Conference games. They are scheduled to host Grafton at 7:30 p.m. today.

B-U led by five, at 15-10, after the first quarter before outscoring the Minutemen 15-5 in the second frame to build a 30-15 halftime lead.

Leading 41-28 after three quarters, the Bucs then held a 20-12 scoring edge in the final frame.

“It was brought to my attention [before the game], we were 1-15 since Lewis County since 2010,” Foster said. “To me that’s embarrassing and unacceptable. “I’m trying to teach these kids that we work hard first with no excuses and work as hard as we can on every pass in the game, and that we are not respected as a program. We got to earn it and it starts with setting the tone mentally, changing our own atmosphere.

“Tonight was the first game all season we have had more than one day to rest and get ready for our next team in our brutal schedule. We had a mental lapse [against] Preston and I was worried that would continue. But we have some hungry fighters starting to step up in this team and it was a big win for our program and these kids. We will not accept getting disrespected anymore.”

Sophomore Greyson Shepherd scored 18 points and dished out four assists and Holden Edwards added a career-high 13 points and six rebounds to pace B-U.

“I thought Shepherd and Edwards stepped up big time,” Foster said. “They are both small in size but big in heart, and I will take that effort anyday over a big body with no effort. We got some young hungry kids and they are starting to push some guys. If they don’t accept being pushed, especially if they are older classmen, then this probably isn’t the right program for them.”

Drew Heatherly chipped in with nine points, three assists and four steals, Dawson Lilly tallied eight points and Edwards and Shepherd three steals apiece.

“We need to do better with are ball handling and our amount of turnovers,” he said. “But I’m proud at how far they have come. We’re getting better and if we continue to buy in, we won’t be a team you will want to see down the stretch and no longer the laughing stock and easy wins for [opposing] teams.”

Avery Post led Lewis County (3-3 overall and 2-2 Big 10) with 15 points.  Luke White also reached double figures with 10.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur (2-6, 1-3 Big 10)

Drew Heatherly 3 3-4 9, Holden Edwards 5 3-3 13, Greyson Shepherd 7 1-3 18, Brayden Cutlip 1 1-2 3, Logan Hitt 1 0-0 2, Dawson Lilly 2 2-3 8, Ryan Strader 1 0-0 2, Austin Bowen 1 2-2 4, Zach White 1 0-0 2, Taylor Whitehair 0 0-2 0, Jeremiah Nicola 0 0-0 0, Logan Bailey 0 0-0 0, Jacob Loudin 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 12-19 61

Lewis County (3-3, 2-2 Big 10)

Shawn Moran 1 2-3 4, Asa Post 0 2-3 2, Kyle Gannon 1 0-0 2, Levi Brown 1 0-0 3, Andrew Kuhn 0 1-2 1, Avery Post 5 5-8 15, Logan Boggs 1 1-2 3, Luke White 4 1-2 10, Cody Seelback 0 0-0 0, Bradley Smith 0 0-0 0, Cody Rohrbaugh 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-20 40

Buckhannon-Upshur  15 15  11 20 — 61

Lewis County              10   5  13 12 — 40

3-point goals — B-U 5-14 (Shepherd 3-5, Lilly 2-5, Heatherly 0-1, Whitehair 0-2, Hitt 0-1). LC 2-11 (Brown 1-2, White 1-2, Moran 0-2, Smith 0-2, Gannon 0-1, Kuhn 0-1, Rohrbaugh 0-1). Fouled out — Bowen. Rebounds — B-U 36 (Edwards 6), LC 32 (Avery Post 9). Assists — B-U 14 (Shepherd 4), LC 5 (Kuhn 3). Total fouls — B-U 17, LC 18

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