Lady Buc defense comes up big in win over Liberty; tumbles to Morgantown

Kendall Currence (23) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs knocks down a baseline jumper over two Liberty defenders during their Big 10 Conference clash Tuesday night at the high school. Currence scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Lady Bucs downed Liberty, 53-13.

B-U forces Liberty into 27 first-half turnovers; wins by 40

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs used a pressure defense against the Liberty Mountaineers and completely took the visitors out of their game en route to a dominant 53-13 victory in Big 10 Conference action at the high school.

The Lady Bucs used the press in the first half and turned Liberty over 27 times in the opening half and 37 for the game.

Buckhannon-Upshur had 30 steals.

The B-U defense limited Liberty to just five field goals and three free throws in the contest.

“We used the press on Liberty trying to turn them over, to get our offense going and get some easy looks,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur Rob Kittle. “We were able to control the tempo of the game and play at the pace we wanted to.”

The Lady Bucs never trailed in the contest.

Shelby McDaniels started the game with a three-pointer, but Liberty’s Gracie Dodd answered with a lay-up.

The Lady Bucs then scored eight straight with Brooklyn Maxwell putting in a rebound, McKenzie Reynolds scoring a lay-up and Maxwell scoring on a putback and downing two free throws to make it an 11-2 contest.

Kendall Currence scored on a lay-up with four seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the Lady Bucs a 15-6 lead.

Using that pressure defense led to an 9-0 run to start the second quarter.

Reynolds scored in the paint, Kassidy Wilfong scored a lay-up, McDaniels drilled a three-pointer and Maxwell scored on a jumper during the run extending the B-U lead to 24-6.

Liberty went on a 6-2 run to make it a 26-10 game with 2:26 left in the half but the Lady Bucs closed on a 4-0 run with Reynolds and Lexi Kelley putting in baskets to make it a 30-10 score at the half.

The Lady Bucs limited Liberty to just one basket in the third quarter, taking the stanza by a 12-2 score.

McDaniels had eight of the 12 points while Maxwell had the other four for the Lady Bucs.

Liberty managed just one point in the fourth quarter, a free throw to get things started by Mercedes Ray.

The Lady Bucs ended the game on an 11-0 run with Currence scoring six points, Leah Moore three and Kelley two.

McDaniels led the offense with 14 points.

Maxwell tacked on 12 points to go along with nine steals and eight rebounds.

Currence added 10 points and eight rebounds while Reynolds added eight points and nine rebounds.

Gabriella Floyd led Liberty with six points.

A day earlier, the Lady Bucs dropped a 51-35 decision to Morgantown.

The difference in the game was a 17-0 run by the Mohigans in the second quarter.

The Lady Bucs took a 12-11 lead into the second quarter after Maxwell made a near half-court shot right before the buzzer ending the opening canto.

Morgantown’s run put them up 28-12 with four minutes remaining in half and effectively put the game away.

Maxwell ended the run with a jumper in the paint, but Morgantown scored the next four points for a 32-14 lead.

Kennedy Samargo uncorked a three-pointer and Reynolds flipped in a free throw to end the half as the Lady Bucs trailed by 14, at 32-18.

Buckhannon-Upshur kept fighting and scored the first seven points of the second half when McDaniels unleashed a three-pointer, Wilfong an inside basket and Currence two free throws that cut the deficit to just seven, at 32-25.

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