Lady Bucs move to 2-0 as defense shuts down Elkins in 50-24 victory

Kendal Currence (23) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs splits the Elkins defense and scores on a lay-up during the first half of their contest Monday evening. Currence scored six points and had eight rebounds as the Lady Bucs trounced Elkins, 50-24.

ELKINS – The old cliché is that defense wins championships.

If that is truly the case, the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs may want to pack their bags for Charleston again after a second straight game of playing stifling defense.

This time the victim was the Elkins Lady Tigers in a 50-24 win Monday evening.

The Lady Bucs started the game defensively in a full-court man-to-man press that led the Elkins offense into nine first-quarter turnovers.

That allowed the Lady Bucs to jump into a 19-5 after one quarter of action and they never looked back as they upped their record to 2-0 on the young season.

In two games, the Lady Bucs have forced 59 turnovers and held their opponents to just 45 total points.

“I am really proud of the defensive effort again,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Rob Kittle. “We still have some little things to correct but I am proud of how we played.”

Brooklyn Maxwell got the onslaught started unleashing a three-pointer a minute into the game and Kendal Currence went inside for a lay-up to give the Lady Bucs a 5-0 lead.

Following a basket by Elkins’ Madison Holland, the Lady Bucs scored 11straight when Currence scored on a lay-up, Shelby McDaniels put in a lay-up and two free throws, Maxwell uncorked another trey and McDaniels put in two more free throws as B-U took a 16-2 lead with 3:18 remaining in the opening quarter.

Haleigh Riggleman stopped the run for Elkins with a three-pointer, but McDaniels put in the final three points of the quarter with a jumper and a foul shot to give the Lady Bucs a 19-5 lead.

McKenzie Reynolds found the hot hand for the Lady Bucs in the second quarter scoring three baskets in a three-minute span as the Lady Bucs extended their lead to 18, at 27-9, with 2:48 remaining in the half.

A basket by Lexi Kelley gave B-U their biggest lead of the half, at 19, at 29-10, with 1:51 left in the half.

The Lady Bucs took a 30-15 lead with them into the break.

“We got off to an excellent start in the first quarter,” Kittle. “I was disappointed with our effort in the second quarter as we got away from some of the things we were doing successful in the opening quarter. We did too much reaching and we weren’t moving our feet defensively.”

The Lady Bucs revved up the defense again in the third quarter giving the Lady Tigers different looks with their presses holding Elkins to just two points.

Buckhannon-Upshur scored the first 10 points of the third quarter taking a 42-15 advantage with 3:29 remaining in the stanza.

Bella Shumate ended the run for Elkins with a lay-up but Kennedy Samargo went inside for a lay-up an Currence knocked down a putback to end the quarter treating Buckhannon-Upshur to a 46-17 lead heading into the final eight minutes of action.

“The team knew I wasn’t happy with our second quarter,” stated Kittle. “I told the team I wanted to start the third quarter with the same energy we started the game with and the girls responded and put the game away.”

With both teams substituting freely in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bucs scored just four points, but held Elkins to just seven as they ran away with their 26-point win.

McDaniels led the Lady Bucs in scoring 13 points while adding seven assists and seven steals.

Maxwell added 12 points while Reynolds contributed eight.

Currence had a game-high eight rebounds for the Lady Bucs.

The Lady Bucs amassed 22 steals.

Madison Holland paced Elkins with six points.

The Lady Bucs, now 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 10, will return to action Thursday traveling to Kingwood to face the Preston Knights.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“To start 2-0 with this young team, we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” concluded Kittle. “We have an extremely important game Thursday with Preston. It’s a sectional game. I am happy being 2-0 but we have to turn our focus to Preston now.”

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur  9  11  16  4 – 50

Elkins                            5  10  2  7 – 24

Buckhannon-Upshur 50

Shelby McDaniels 3-7 7-8 13; McKenzie Reynolds 4-13 0-0 8; Leah Moore 0- 0 0-0 0; Kennedy Samargo 2-7 0-0 4; Lexi Kelley 2-3 1-2 5; Brooklyn Maxwell 5-12 0-0 12; Courtney Justice 0-4 2-4 2; Kiara Woods 0-1 0-0 0; Alayna Nesbitt 0-3 0-0 0; Kendal Currence 3-8 0-6 6; Kassidy Wilfong 0-2 0-0 0. 19-60 10-20 50.

Elkins 24

Anna Belan 0-6 2-3 2; Haleigh Riggleman 1-6 0-0 3; Alyssa Severino 0-6 1-2 1; Lyllian Bradberry 0-0 0-0 0; Celia Ricottilli 1-3 0-0 3; Alexandra Triplett 0-0 0-0 0; Bella Shumate 1-2 0-0 2; Hannah Davis 0-1 0-0 0; Aaliyah Hogue 0-1 0-0 0; Madison Holland 3-5 0-0 6; Autumn Lane 1-4 0-0 2; Alexis Hare 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 8-37 5-7 24.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Maxwell 2-2; Nesbitt 0-1; Moore 0-1; Reynolds 0-2. Totals 2-6; Elkins Riggleman 1-4; Ricottilli 1-3; Hare 1-3; Belan 0-1; Holland 0-1; Lane 0-1; Severino 0-2. Totals 3-15.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 8; Reynolds 6; team 6; McDaniels 5; Wilfong 5; Courtney 4; Maxwell 4; deadball 3; Woods 2; Moore 1; Nesbitt 1; Samargo 1. Totals 46; Elkins: Hare 7; team 6; Severino 5; Davis 4; Holland 4; Riggleman 3; Lane 2; Triplett 2; Belan 1; Bradberry 1; Houge 1. Totals 36.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 7; Maxwell 3; Samargo 2; Moore 1. Totals 13; Elkins: Severino 1; Hare 1. Totals 2.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 7; Moore 4; Maxwell 3; Currence 2; Kelley 2; Samargo 2; Wilfong 1; Reynolds 1. Totals 22; Elkins: Holland 3; Hogue 2; Severino 1; Lane 1. Totals 7.

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 2; Maxwell 1; Woods 1. Totals 4; Elkins: Triplett 1; Ricottilli 1; Davis 1; Holland 1; Severino 1. Totals 5.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 13: Elkins: 30.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 16; Elkins: 14.


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