Lady Bucs top seed in state tourney

Defeat John Marshall to win fourth straight regional crown, will face Spring Mills on Wednesday night

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur girls basketball team has been ranked No. 1 for nearly the entire season and that won’t change at next week’s state tournament.

The Lady Bucs, now a school-best 24-1 overall and winners of another school record 20 straight games, will be the top seed in Charleston after disposing of John Marshall, 73-33, Tuesday night in a  Class AAA, Region 1 co-final. They will face No. 8-seed Spring Mills at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in quarterfinal action at the Civic Center.

“This [win] was another step towards our main goal,” said B-U coach Jeremy Maxwell. “We’re very excited about making a fourth straight trip to the state tournament and realize there’s a lot of work remaining.

“I still believe this team has yet to hit on all cylinders with everyone playing their best basketball at the same time.”

Tuesday night’s outcome was decided early as the Lady Bucs jumped out to an early 10-0 advantage en route to leading by 17, at 24-7, after one quarter.

A 3-pointer from all-stater Hanna McClung and a layup from junior Alli Robinson to start the second period increased the margin to 29-7 and the Lady Monarchs came no closer than 18 points for the remainder of the night.

Leading by 25, at 39-14, at the intermission, B-U dominated the early stages of the third quarter, going on a 16-4 run and increased the lead to 55-18 after Lauren Bennett’s old-fashioned 3-point play with 3:30 remaining in the canto.

With 6:30 left in regulation, McClung, Bennett and McKinley Gaudet departed to a well-deserved standing ovation in their final appearance inside the B-UHS gymasium. Fellow senior Ashton Maxwell would later join the special senior foursome on the bench as the Lady Buc reserves finished the contest.

“I’ve been very blessed to coach those seniors,” coach Maxwell said. “They have been with me since my [coaching] days at the middle school and words can’t describe their accomplishments in turning around our program.”

McClung, Bennett and Robinson all finished with 14 points on the night, while junior Audrey Gaudet added 12.

McClung also dished out five assists and collected eight steals and Audrey Gaudet grabbed 10 rebounds.

Shay Straughn led John Marshall (10-15) with 19 points.

Joining B-U in Charleston will be second-seed Parkersburg South, Parkersburg, Wheeling Park, George Washington,
Martinsburg, Woodrow Wilson and Spring Mills.

During the regular season, the Lady Bucs defeated both Parkersburg and Wheeling Park.

The boxscore:

John Marshall (10-15)

Avery Detow 1 5-6 7, Kaitlyn Groves 1 0-0 2, Ivy Henderson 0 1-2 1, Shay Straughn 7 3-6 19, Anna Blake 0 4-4 4, Camryn Blair 0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Hall 0 0-0 0, Lakyn Groves 0 0-0 0, Abby Blake 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 13-18 33

Buckhannon-Upshur (24-1)

Hanna McClung 3 7-8 14, Alli Robinson 5 2-4 14, McKinley Gaudet 1 0-0 3, Lauren Bennett 6 1-1 14, Audrey Gaudet 5 2-2 12, Ashton Maxwell 1 2-2 4, Brooklyn Maxwell 3 1-2 9, Leigh Ann Bennett 1 0-0 2, Morgan Parsons 0 1-2 1, Kassidy Wilfong 0 0-0 0, Ciara Melton 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Kennedy Samargo 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 16-21 73

John Marshall               7    7   8  11 — 33

Buckhannon-Upshur  24  15 24 10 — 73

3-point goals: JM 2 (Straughn 2), B-U 7 (Robinson, B. Maxwell 2, McClung, Lauren Bennett and M. Gaudet)

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