RACHEL — For the second time in less than a week, the Class AAA, No. 2 Buckhannon-Upshur girls knocked off one of the state’s top-ranked teams.
The Lady Bucs used a 13-1 run over the final 3:40 of regulation to hand Class AA, No. 1 North Marion a 65-51 loss Wednesday night in Big 10 Conference play.
Coach Jeremy Maxwell’s squad had defeated then Class AAA No. 1 South Charleston last Friday afternoon at Marietta (Ohio) College.
Hanna McClung fired in 21 points, including several key 3-pointers in the second half, to lead B-U, which is now 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big 10.
Senior forward Makayla Reynolds also recorded a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while sophomore Alli Robinson and junior Ashton Maxwell netted eight points each.
The Lady Bucs held a 16-8 lead after one quarter but the Lady Huskies responded with a 17-6 run in the second canto to grab their first lead on a 3-pointer by Hannah Shriver with 1:30 left until intermission.
Senior Lauren Louk knocked down a pair of free throws and added a putback to bring B-U back to within one, at 27-26, before freshman Taylor Buonamici fired in a long jumper before the first-half horn to treat the hosts to a three-point lead at intermission.
Trailing 34-33 in the third quarter, McClung drilled a trey to put the Lady Bucs back front, at 36-34, and they would never trail again.
Her second 3-pointer of the canto then allowed B-U to carry a 42-35 advantage into the final quarter.
The lead grew to 50-42 in the final frame on another bucket by McClung, but North Marion used a basket by Lauren Freels with 3:40 remaining to cut the lead to 52-50.
A free throw by Lauren Bennett, followed by back-to-back inside baskets by Reynolds then started the Lady Bucs on their game-deciding 13-1 run to end the contest.
Shriver tallied 13 points to lead the Lady Huskies, who suffered their first loss of the season to drop to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big 10.
It was also the lowest offensive output of the season for North Marion, which had won its first eight games by an average of over 30 points.
The Lady Bucs are scheduled to host Grafton at 7:30 p.m. today for another league contest and will then go on the road Monday at three-time state champion and sectional rival Morgantown for a key 7:30 p.m. contest.