MORGANTOWN — On Tuesday, January 25, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls varsity basketball team (9-3) traveled to Morgantown to square off against a young, hungry University Lady Hawks team (4-5).
The Lady Bucs got to work early, building a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sophomore Gabby Parke was outstanding in the game’s opening period, scoring 6 points to help the Lady Bucs fend off a Lady Hawks team that showing plenty of fight.
The Lady Bucs slowed down offensively in the second quarter, getting outscored 13-10 in the period, to find themselves down 25-24 entering the locker-room for halftime. Senior leader, and recent 1,000-point scorer, Shelby McDaniels kept B-U afloat in the second period, accounting for 6 points, bringing her halftime score to 8-points.
In the third quarter, with other Lady Bucs struggling to find a rhythm offensively, McDaniels took charge scoring 10 of the team’s 14 point in the period to keep it a one possession game entering the fourth quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, down 40-38 on the road, head coach Rob Kittle’s team was facing a great deal of adversity, but still in a great position to dig deep and come out with a win, as great teams usually find a way to do. That is exactly what transpired as the Lady Bucs outscored University 15-10 in the fourth quarter to close out the 53-50 comeback win.
In the end, the Lady Bucs tremendous fourth quarter defensive effort allowed them to generate enough offense to win a thriller over University and get their tenth win of the season.
As a team, the Lady Bucs made 14 2-point field goals, 4 3-point field goals, and shot 13-22 from the free throw line.
McDaniels took charge of the offense and routinely created a shot out of nothing. In total, McDaniels dropped 29 points, on 7 made 2-point field goals and a lone made 3-point field goal. McDaniels also shot an efficient 10-13 (76.9%) free throw shooting. She scored 21 second half points to lead the Lady Bucs to a come from behind victory over a young, talented Lady Hawks squad.
Parke ended the game with 9 points after her 6-point first quarter. The sophomore made 3 2-point field goals and a single made 3-point field goal against the Lady Hawks, showing that she can be a floor-spacing option for the team. With each game the young forward is evolving into be a very versatile offensive threat.
Sophomore guard Kenna Maxwell scored 6 points, all from behind the arc, hitting 2 3-point field goals to stretch the floor for the Lady Bucs’ offense. Junior forward Kendal Currence hit 3 2-point field goals to end the game with 6 points, complementing her strong inside presence on the boards. Freshman forward Alyssa Abel scored all 3 of her points from the free throw line, finishing the game shooting at a 3-6 (50%) clip from the charity stripe against University. Abel has the potential to be a real impact player for the Lady Bucs going forward, both this season and for years to come.
Finally, sophomore Kyndal Davis scored her lone basket on the night in the second quarter, finishing the game with 2 points. Her basket came at a critical junction of the game of the Lady Bucs, who struggled offensively during large stretches of the game. Davis’ contributions round out the scoring numbers for the Lady Bucs against University.