Lady Bucs force 29 turnovers as they down Minutemaids in opener, 44-21

Shelby McDaniels (1) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs puts in a lay-up in front of Lewis County’s Payton Campbell (23) and Lauren Wyatt (42) during their season debut Friday. Looking on for B-U is Brooklyn Maxwell (14). The duo combined to score 35 points in B-U’s 44-21 victory.

TENNERTON – Senior Brooklyn Maxwell led an impressive first-quarter charge and a suffocating Buckhannon-Upshur defense forced 29 Lewis County turnovers as the Lady Bucs easily won their 2019-20 debut over the Minutemaids Friday evening with a 44-21 win.

The Lady Bucs also had a new look on defense waiting for the Minutemaids as they went to a man-to-man for the first time in several years.

The Lady Buc defense held Lewis County to just a 21 percent shooting night as they made seven of their 34 field goal attempts.

“It was an unbelievable defensive effort tonight,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Rob Kittle. “Every time Lewis County went off a screen or they would get a look, we had people in perfect spots to defend. We really frustrated them early. We came out and played man defense which is something a Buckhannon-Upshur team hasn’t done in a long time. The girls really bought into it and communicated very well. I am very proud of our defensive effort.”

Lewis County took a 2-0 lead on a basket by Hannah Brown 40 seconds in, but it was the only lead the Minutemaids would enjoy during the evening as the Lady Bucs turned them over nine times in the opening quarter.

Shelby McDaniels knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game and then Maxwell went off with eight straight points.

She uncorked a three-pointer, went inside for a lay-up, then unleashed another three-pointer to give the Lady Bucs a 10-2 lead.

“Her outburst was huge for us,” stated Kittle on Maxwell’s 8-0 run. “We struggled in the first couple of minutes and she scored her eight points and that really got us going.”

McDaniels coasted in for a lay-up to cap a 10-0 run and give the Lady Bucs a 12-2 advantage with 3:03 left in the first quarter.

Leading 12-5, Maxwell scored again on a lay-up and McKenzie Reynolds scored in the paint to up the B-U lead to 16-5 with 34 seconds left.

Brown put in a free throw for Lewis County to wrap up the first quarter scoring as the Lady Bucs led 16-6.

The action slowed down on the offensive side as the two teams combined for just nine points in the second stanza.

The B-U defense continued to shine as they forced Lewis County into nine more turnovers giving them 18 at the break.

McDaniels scored on a lay-up and Kassidy Wilfong scored inside as the Lady Bucs opened their lead to 14, at 20-6, with 5:41 remaining in the half.

The Lady Bucs only scored one more basket the rest of the half, a lay-up by McDaniels, but still led at the intermission by 13, at 22-9.

Following a Minutemaid basket to start the third quarter, the Lady Bucs went on an 11-0 run.

Maxwell scored seven straight points and McDaniels put in consecutive lay-ups to treat Buckhannon-Upshur to a 33-11 lead with 2:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Buckhannon-Upshur went into the final quarter up 35-17.

Baskets by Kennedy Samargo and Kendal Currence gave B-U a 39-17 lead, and after a free throw by Lewis County’s Emma Cayton, Reynolds and McDaniels put in lay-ups to treat the Lady Bucs to their biggest lead of the game, 25 points, at 43-18 with 2:25 left.

The Lady Bucs wound up winning the game by 21, at 44-21.

Maxwell led the Lady Bucs with a double-double getting 19 points and 10 rebounds.

McDaniels added 16 points and eight steals while Reynolds contributed four points and seven rebounds.

The B-U defense collected 21 steals off the 29 Minutemaid turnovers.

Emma Cayton led the Minutemaids with eight points.

Buckhannon-Upshur, now 1-0 on the season, will return to action tonight as they visit Elkins for a 7:30 p.m. clash with the Lady Tigers.

The boxscore:

Lewis County                6  3  8  4 – 21

Buckhannon-Upshur 16  6  13  9 – 44

Lewis County 21

Olivia Krinov 1-4 1-2 3; Lillie Cayton 0-2 0-0 0; Abby Hartley 2-3 0-0 4; Payton Campbell 0-1 0-0 0; Hannan Brown 1-5 1-4 3; Kylee Good 0-0 0-0 0; Emma Cayton 3-11 1-2 8; Emma Starett 0-4 2-2 2; Lauren Wyatt 0-1 1-3 1; Shyanna James 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 7-34 6-13 21.

Buckhannon-Upshur 44

Shelby McDaniels 7-15 2-3 16; McKenzie Reynolds 2-5 0-2 4; Leah Moore 0-2 0-0 0; Kennedy Samargo 1-3 0-2 2; Lexi Kelley 0-1 0-0 0; Brooklyn Maxwell 8-20 0-0 19; Kiara Woods 0-0 1-2 1; Alayna Nesbitt 0-0 0-0 0; Kendal Currence 1-4 0-0 2; Kassidy Wilfong 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-52 3-9 44.

Three-point field goals – Lewis County: E. Cayton 1-7; Brown 0-1; Starett 0-1; James 0-1; L. Cayton 0-2. Totals 1-12; Buckhannon-Upshur: Maxwell 3-9; McDaniels 0-3; Samargo 0-1; Moore 0-1. Totals 3-14.

Rebounds – Lewis County: Brown 8; Good 6; Krinov 5; E. Cayton 4; team 3; Campbell 2; Starett 2; James 2; Wyatt 2; deadball 2. Totals 36; Buckhannon-Upshur: Maxwell 10; Reynolds 7; team 6; McDaniels 4; Currence 4; Nesbitt 2; deadball 2; Wilfong 1; Kelley 1. Totals 37.

Assists – Lewis County: Campbell 2; Krinov 1; Brown 1. Totals 4; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 3; Reynolds 3; Samargo 2; Maxwell 1; Kelley 1. Totals 10.

Steals – Lewis County: Krinov 2; Campbell 2; Hartley 2; Brown 1; L. Cayton 1. Total 8; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 8; Currence 4; Maxwell 3; Samargo 2; Wilfong 2; Kelley 1; Moore 1. Totals 21.

Blocked shots – Lewis County: Krinov 1; L. Wyatt 1. Totals 2; Buckhannon-Upshur: None.

Turnovers – Lewis County: 29; Buckhannon-Upshur: 17.

Personal fouls – Lewis County: 11; Buckhannon-Upshur: 15.

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