TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls junior varsity team (3-6) played their first game following a short quarantine pause, this past Saturday evening for a modified game against the Braxton County Lady Eagles. After such a lengthy break, it was interesting to see which version of the JV B-U team showed up against Braxton County. Would it be the version that started off winless through six games, or the version of the team that has won three straight games of late? That was the question on everyone’s minds entering Saturday night.
In a game that was shortened to only two quarters, the Lady Bucs fell just short of claiming their fourth straight victory after losing their first six games of the season, dropping a tight, highly competitive game by a final score of 22-19.
In the first quarter, the Lady Bucs started off hot, building a 12-7 lead by the end of the period. The Lady Bucs offense was powered by Reginia Petrokovich’s early seven points. Starting off, the Lady Bucs looked every bit of the team that entered the game having won three straight, however, this game proved to be a tale of two quarters for the JV Lady Bucs, as they were outscored 15-7 in the second and final quarter, to drop the game by 3 points, 22-19. The team’s performance for head coach Keith Wolverton was a mixed bag. The game’s first quarter went as planned, but things got off track in the second, leading to the close loss.
Against Braxton, Petrokovich’s 7 first quarter points paced the junior varsity Lady Bucs in terms of scoring. Olivia Shipley wasn’t far behind finishing the game with 5 points. Shipley’s highlight of the night was a made a 3-point jumper in the first half as part of the Lady Bucs early run. Brooklyn Smith scored 3, while NinaMae Coberly and Rosie Shackleford both finished with 2 points apiece to round out the scoring numbers for the junior varsity Lady Bucs in their loss to Braxton County.