Little Lady Bucs use furious rally in fourth quarter to stun WI, 37-35


Overcome 11-point deficit after three quarters to improve to 3-5

TENNERTON – Shelby McDaniels poured in 15 points here Thursday night to lead the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Lady Bucs to a 37-35 come-from-behind victory over Washington Irving’s Lady Hilltoppers in a varsity match-up.

The contest got off to a slow start, with Washington Irving taking a 6-5 lead. McDaniels had two buckets and Kaitlyn Shannon a free throw for Buckhannon’s scoring.

The Little Lady Bucs got only two charity throws each from McDaniels and Robin Ball, and one from Lexi Kelley in the second stanza, which went to WI by a 11-5 count. They trailed by a 17-10 margin at the half.

Ball, Olivia Ellis, McDaniels and Shannon tallied a bucket apiece and Ashley Catlin added a foul shot, but the visitors claimed a 13-9 advantage in the third canto, putting the Little Lady Bucs down by 11, at 30-19, heading into the final six minutes.

Buckhannon went on an 18-5 rampage in the final period, with Kiara Woods and McDaniels firing in seven markers apiece and Cat Neely canning two buckets.

Following McDaniels in the scoring column were Woods with seven, Ball and Neely each with four, Shannon with three, Ellis with two and Catlin and Kelley with one apiece.

The Little Lady Bucs improved to 3-5 going into Tuesday’s home clash with Robert L. Bland’s Lady Patriots. They will travel to Elkins Thursday to battle the Lady Green Hornets.

The boxscore:

Washington Irving (35)

Mikayla Genin 0 0-1 0, Rhannan Haller 1 0-2 2, Bella Rock 2 3-5 7, Victoria Lopez 0 1-2 1, Avery Childers 8 2-8 19, Olivia Lowther 1 0-0 2, Anna Gallo 2 0-2 4, Jacey Lucas 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-20 35.

Buckhannon (37)

Robin Ball 1 2-3 4, Olivia Ellis 1 0-1 2, Addie Morris 0 0-0 0, Shelby McDaniels 6 3-4 15, Alyssa Rohr 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Shannon 1 1-5 3, Morgan Wilson 0 0-0 0, Kiara Woods 1 5-9 7, McKinley Bonnett 0 0-0 0, Ashley Catlin 0 1-4 1, Lexi Kelley 0 1-2 1, Cat Neely 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 1-28 47.

Washington Irving  6  11  13   5     35

Buckhannon            5   5    9  18    37

3-point field goals – Washington Irving: Childers 1; Buckhannon: None.

Free-throw percentage – Washington Irving: 6-fo-20 for 30.0; Buckhannon: 13-for-28 for 46.7.

Personal fouls – Washington Irving 24, Buckhannon 21.


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