Little Bucs tumble to Taylor County, 37-24

Blake Runyon (44) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Bucs goes inside a Taylor County defender for a two points during their contest last week. Runyon had two points in the Little Bucs’ 37-24 setback.

TENNERTON – A poor shooting night cost the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Buccaneers here Dec. 9 in a 37-24 varsity basketball loss to Taylor County’s Knights.

They hit on only 10 of their 34 field goal opportunities for 29.4 percent.

With Nathaniel Ringer tallying five points, and Ian Strader, Bryson Johnston and Malaki Williams canning two apiece, the Little Bucs dropped the opening period by an 11-10 edge.

But from there on out, they scored just 13 points the final three quarters.

Ringer, Strader and Jaden Westfall shared the scoring lead for the Little Bucs with five points apiece, with Luke Yardley adding three, and Johnston, Williams and Blake Runyon each contributing two.

Yardley led them on the boards with seven rebounds, and Johnston paced them in assists with two.

The loss left the Little Bucs with a 1-2 record going into Tuesday night’s road clash with Philippi’s Bulldogs. They will face Bridgeport’s visiting Braves Thursday night.

The statistics:

Taylor County                                                                12  10  6  9    37

Buckhannon                                                                   11   3  5  5    24

Taylor County 37

Isaac Lough 2 0-0 5, Jacob Maier 5 0-0 12, Mauer Harrison 2 0-0 4, Mason Dunham 2 0-0 5, Isaiah Vanscoy 3 0-0 6, Dustin Keener 2 0-0 5. Totals 16-42 0-0 37.

Buckhannon 24

Ian Strader 2-7 0-0 5, Bryson Johnston 1-6 0-0 2, Jaden Westfall 2-6 1-2 5, Nathaniel Ringer 2-6 0-0 5, Ryan Kelley 0-0 0-2 0, Luke Yardley 1-3 1-2 3, Landon Marple 0-0 0-0 0, Malaki Williams 1-1 0-0 0, Elijah Mahaffey 0-1 0-0 0, Blake Runyon 1-3 0-0 2, Dom English 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 10-34 2-6 24.

Three-point field goals – Taylor County: Maier 2, Lough 1, Dunham 1, Keener 1; Buckhannon: Strader 1, Ringer 1.

Buckhannon rebounds – Yardley 7, Strader 5, Westfall 5, Johnston 4, Ringer 3, Williams 2, Runyon 2, Team 2, English 1, Kelley 1.

Buckhannon assists – Johnston 2, Marple 1, Strader 1.

Buckhannon steals – Strader 1, Johnston 1.

Buckhannon blocks – Strader 1.

Field goal percentage – Taylor County: 16-for 42 for 31.0; Buckhannon: 10-for-34 for 29.4.

Free throw percentage – Taylor County: 0-for-0; Buckhannon: 2-for-6 for 33.3.

Turnovers – Taylor County 10, Buckhannon 21.

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