JV Lady Bucs drops a defensive struggle to Musselman, 39-22

#32 junior Regina Petrokovich keeps her defender on her hip as she brings the ball up the floor for the Lady Bucs junior varsity team during their loss to Musselman Saturday night. ROBERTA HATCHER/The Record Delta

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon- Upshur High School girls’ junior varsity team hosted the Musselman Lady Applemen for a non-conference game Saturday, December 18. The Lady Bucs junior varsity team has shown flashes of promise, especially on the defensive end early in the season, but have been searching to find balance and consistency offensively.

Both teams were cold offensively to start the game, but that should largely be attributed to the outstanding defensive effort put on display by both teams. At the end of the first quarter the Lady Bucs found themselves locked in a defensive battle of wills; with neither team hitting double-digit scoring numbers, as the Lady Bucs trailed 6-2. Musselman shot the ball much better in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Bucs 18-4 to take a 24-6 lead into halftime. 

Coming out of halftime, the Lady Bucs’ defense kept the Lady Applemen in the third quarter, but their struggles offensively from the first half followed them into the second which kept them from making a serious run. The Lady Bucs were outscored 10-4 in the third and were facing a 34-10 deficit. The Lady Bucs finally built some offensive momentum in the fourth quarter, scoring more than in their previous three quarters combined, to make a last second push. While the Lady Bucs won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Applemen 12-5, but were unable to cover for their cold start shooting the ball, losing by a final of 39-12.

On what proved to be a tough night for the JV team offensively, there were bright spots. Casadie Lahman scored 7 points, including 5 in the fourth quarter. Brooklyn Smith scored 7 points, going perfect in her only trip to the line. Both Olivia Shipley and Nihamae Coberly finished with 4 points on the night to round out the night for the Lady Bucs junior varsity team.


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