Freshman Bucs collect first win of the season in thriller over Elkins, 57-55

Jonas Barton, who also plays for the junior varsity team, scored a bucket for the junior varsity Bucs in their win over Elkins. Barton, normally #24 on the Hatcher’s freshman Bucs team, also played a huge role in securing the team’s first victory of the season over Elkins last Wednesday, scoring 13 total points. ROBERTA HATCHER/The Record Delta

ELKINS — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boys freshman team came out on top for their first win of the 2021-22 season on Wednesday, February 9, in a road game against the Elkins Tigers, with a final score of 57-55. 

The Bucs got off to a solid start, seizing control of an early 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Both Damion White and Jonas Barton scored 4 points each in the game’s opening period to lead the Bucs early offensive attack. In the second quarter, the Tigers narrowly outscored the Bucs 20-19 cutting the lead to 27-26 heading into the locker-room for halftime. 

B-U came out flat in the second half and nearly let the game slip out of their control in the third quarter. Elkins seemingly scored at will, outscoring the Bucs 23-11 in the third period to enter the fourth and final quarter with a 11-point, 49-38 advantage. 

The Bucs mounted a furious fourth quarter comeback, outscoring the Tigers 19-6 in the fourth quarter to seal a comeback victory by a final score of 57-55. 

With the win, head coach Roberta “Bobbie” Hatcher’s team improves their mark to 1-6 on the season. Following her team’s first win of the year, Hatcher was elated the team’s performance, stating, “I am proud of my team’s fight and effort. We played our most complete game of the season so far which put us in a good spot to win the game with a good fourth quarter and that’s exactly what happened. These boys earned this win.”

As a team, the Bucs fought hard in the face of adversity and a hostile road crowd to claim the victory. While the Bucs collectively shot a decently efficient percentage from the field, they combined to shoot just 5-11 (45.5%) from the free throw line. Despite their less than ideal shooting from the charity stripe, the Bucs did enough to hold off the Tigers to capture a huge win over a rival team. 

White paced the freshman Bucs offensively, dropping 17 total points against Elkins. White proved to be a tough match-up for Elkins to handle, seemingly scoring timely buckets at will to lead the freshman Bucs to their first win of the year.

Barton was the second freshman Buc to reach double-digit scoring numbers against Elkins, finishing the game with 13 points. After a strong first quarter performance, Barton maintained his high-level of play on both sides of the ball all night, playing a pivotal role in the Bucs close out the game with a win. 

Jevon Westfall was the third and final freshman Buc to reach double-digit scoring numbers, ending the night with 12 points during an efficient shooting night from the field. Kaiden Marks scored 4 points, Slaton Kowaloski scored 3 points and Joseph Shipman scored 2 points to wrap up the scoring numbers for the freshman Bucs against Elkins. 

The boxscore:

B-UHS 

8

18

11

19

8

26

37

57

Elkins

6

20

23

6

6

26

49

55

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