Bucs knock off Lewis County, edge Preston

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TENNERTON — Taylor Whitehair fired in 20 points as the Buckhannon-Upshur boys basketball team claimed a 70-63 victory over Big 10 Conference rival Lewis County on Saturday night.

The Bucs, who also earned a 62-61 win at Preston on Friday night, are now 6-12 overall and 5-6 in Big 10 games. They will host Class AA, No. 1 and defending state champion Fairmont Senior at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I’m very proud of these boys,” said first-year B-U coach Travis Foster. “It’s the first time we have beaten Lewis County twice in a season in a very long time, and that was another small goal of ours that we accomplished.”

Whitehair, a senior guard, hit 5-of-11 of his 3-point attempts in scoring his game-high total. Sophomore Dawson Lilly added 15 points and five assists, senior Holden Edwards 12 points and Greyson Shepherd seven markers and 10 rebounds.

“It was totally a team effort,” Foster said. “So many kids made plays in the minutes they got. When you have a mixture of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors all getting playing time and all making plays, that shows your growth as a team.”

A total of nine different players recorded points for the Bucs, who led 21-12 after one quarter and by just two, at 35-33, at the intermission.

B-U took the third quarter, 15-14, and held a 20-16 scoring advantage in the final frame.

With senior guard Drew Heatherly out of the lineup, Foster was pleased with the play of the younger kids.

“We knew we weren’t going to have Drew, so we preached [to the team] that somebody has to step up and bring the energy that Drew gives us,” Foster said. “I tell the kids you never know when your number is going to get called.

“We’re growing as a team and [our] seniors are paving the way for getting this program turned around. We want to get to a point where we’re not rebuilding but reloading.

“There’s nothing better than beating Lewis County and I feel losing to [a rival like them] is unacceptable. I’m excited to starting working with the middle schools boys this summer so we can insert that same mind-set with them.”

Kyle Gannon scored 12 points and Asa Post added 10 for the Minutemen (6-12, 3-9 Big 10).

On Friday night, sophomore forward Brayden Cutlip tossed in 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Bucs’ one-point win in Kingwood.

Shepherd added 16 points and Lilly had a team-high three assists.

“Cutlip man-handled every possession in those final seconds to win the game,” Foster said. “When he has his mind right and when he is dialed in, he can really be a big problem for other teams.”

The Bucs trailed 45-41 after three quarters before outscoring the Knights, 21-16, in the decisive final frame.

“I think we grew as a program at Preston. Our parents and crowd were great and I had several compliments from people from Preston County applauding the fact of how well our fans and parents travel to support our boys,” Foster said. “ I honestly think our boys fed off of their support and you saw it with their body language and energy not only on the floor but on the bench.

“I know my boys and coaches would all like to say thank you [to our fans] for supporting us in a game two hours away.

“It’s great when other programs want what you have. That’s a step forward in this program in my opinion.”

Andrew Lantz netted 20 points and Cory Pyles chipped in with 10 for the Knights (3-15, 3-7 Big 10).

The boxscores:

B-U 70, Lewis County 63

Lewis County (6-12, 3-9 Big 10)

Shawn Moran 1 2-4 4, Cody Seelback 3 2-3 9, Asa Post 4 2-2 10, Bradley Smith 3 0-0 9, Kyle Gannon 5 2-4 12, Levi Brown 1 4-4 7, Andrew Kuhn 0 1-4 1, Avery Post 1 0-0 2, Logan Boggs 0 2-2 2, Luke White 3 1-1 7. Totals 21 16-24 63

Buckhannon-Upshur (6-12, 5-6 Big 10)

Taylor Whitehair 6 3-6 20, Dawson Lilly 6 3-6 15, Holden Edwards 3 6-8 12, Greyson Shepherd 1 4-4 7, Brayden Cutlip 1 3-4 5, Logan Hitt 1 2-2 5, Jacob Loudin 1 0-0 2, Austin Bowen 1 0-0 2, Zach White 1 0-1 2, Ryan Hurst 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 21-31 70

Lewis County             12  21 14 16 — 63

Buckhannon-Upshur 21 14  15 20 — 70

3-point goals — LC 5-20 (Smith 3-8, Seelback 1-4, Brown 1-1, Moran 0-4, Gannon 0-3), B-U 7-17 (Whitehair 5-11, Shepherd 1-3, Hitt 1-2, Edwards 0-1). Fouled out —  Moran. Rebounds — LC 36 (Kuhn 5), B-U 48 (Shepherd 10). Assists — LC 10 (Moran 3), B-U 12 (Lilly 5). Total fouls —  LC 24, B-U 21

B-U 62, Preston 61

Buckhannon-Upshur (5-12, 4-6 Big 10)

Drew Heatherly 1 0-0 2, Taylor Whitehair 3 2-2 9, Dawson Lilly 1 2-3 4, Holden Edwards 1 4-6 6, Greyson Shepherd 5 2-3 16, Brayden Cutlip 7 4-6 18, Logan Hitt 2 2-4 7, Jacob Loudin 0 0-0 0, Austin Bowen 0 0-0 0, Zach White 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 16-24 62

Preston (3-15, 3-7 Big 10)

Matthew Allen 0 1-2 1, Andrew Lantz 5 9-11 20, Cory Pyles 5 0-0 12, Monty Rebelo 1 2-2 4, John Noah Louhrie 0 0-1 0, Nick Smith 1 2-2 4, Alex Goff 0 2-2 2, Jacob Livengood 8 2-2 18, Justin Moats 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 18-25 61

Buckhannon-Upshur 12  17  12  21 — 62

Preston                       14  11  20  16 — 61

3-point goals — B-U 6-25 (Shepherd 4-9, Whitehair 1-9, Hitt 1-2, Heatherly 0-2, Edwards 0-1, Lilly 0-1, Loudin 0-1), PHS 3-12 (Pyles 2-3, Lantz 1-8, Allen 0-1). Fouled out — Lilly, Pyles. Rebounds — B-U 34 (Cutlip 13), PHS 32 (Smith 9). Assists — B-U 10 (Lilly 3), PHS 10 (Pyles 3). Total fouls — B-U 24, PHS 21

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