TENNERTON – Returning Second-Team All-Stater Shelby McDaniels picked up right where she left off last season for the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs in their season opener Wednesday night against the Lincoln Cougars.
McDaniels scored a game-high 28 points and hauled down 10 rebounds for the Lady Bucs for a double-double in their 73-62 win. She did so not feeling 100 percent, especially in the first quarter.
“The first four minutes of the game she was standing over a trash can during time outs and pauses in the game,” noted Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Rob Kittle. “I think it was just a case of the nerves and it caught up with her. She puts a lot of pressure on herself. It just goes to show what kind of heart she has and what type of leader and competitor she is. Whenever we needed a basket, she was there to supply it for us.”
Despite McDaniels’ solid opener it was a team effort for the Lady Bucs in the win as McKenzie Reynolds had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kennedy Samargo tallied nine points and eight assists and Kendal Currence just missed out a double-double with a game-high 14 rebounds and nine points.
“We had several players step up big for us tonight,” said Kittle. “We had very balanced scoring and everyone contributed. That is going to have to happen throughout the season for us. We have seven very, very good players and I think you will see each game someone different stepping up. It’s a nice problem to have.”
McDaniels scored the Lady Bucs’ first five points of the game as they took an early 5-2 lead.
A three-pointer by Gabby Parke put the Lady Bucs up 10-6 but Lincoln scored the next five points for an 11-10 lead, with 3:11 remaining in the opening quarter.
Down 16-14, the Lady Bucs scored the final six points of the quarter with Reynolds closing out the stanza with a lay-up giving B-U a 20-16 lead going into the second quarter.
A basket by McDaniels pushed the B-U lead out to nine, at 33-24 with 3:26 showing on the second-quarter clock, but Lincoln came back with three straight three-pointers for a 9-0 run which deadlocked the game at 33-33.
Currence ended the half with a pair of free throws giving the Lady Bucs a 35-33 lead at the break.
Reynolds started the second half with a basket but a trey from Lincoln’s Hannah Ferris and a putback by Sydney McDougal returned the lead to the Cougars, at 38-37.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth over the next several minutes with Lincoln still leading by one, at 43-42.
Parke made a lay-up and Reynolds uncorked a trey to return the lead back to the Lady Bucs at, 47-43, with 2:32 remaining in the third quarter.
The Lady Bucs would hold that lead for the rest of the game.
Leading 53-47, Reynolds unleashed another three to wrap up the third quarter and treat Buckhannon-Upshur to a 56-47 advantage.
Lincoln was able to pull within one, at 63-62, with 2:24 left to play but the Lady Bucs turned up the defense and didn’t allow the Cougars a point the rest of the game.
The Lady Bucs ended the game on a 10-0 run.
Kiara Woods added eight points for the Lady Bucs while Parke tacked on seven.
The Lady Bucs held a massive rebounding advantage over Lincoln by a 56-31 margin.
“We scored 73 points and we missed a few easy lay-ups,” concluded Kittle. “We easily could have been around 80 or 90 points. I like the way we shared the ball and the way we ran the court. We just have to clean up our misses and finish a little better. I thought we gave up too many points. Sixty-two is too many for my liking. Lincoln hit nine-three pointers on us. It was a lack of our rotations and communication. We were getting a little lazy and not hitting our assignments the way we need. It’s something we will have to correct.”
B-U’s game with Preston on Friday night was postponed.
The Lady Bucs will return to the court Monday as they visit North Marion at 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln 16 17 14 15 – 62
Buck.-Upshur 20 15 21 17 – 73
Hannah Ferris 8-16 0-2 18; Ashlyn Riley 5-13 0-0 13; Madi Martin 4-7 0-0 12; Megan Tucker 4-5 2-4 10; Sydney McDougal 3-6 1-4 7; Emily Jett 1-4 0-0 2; Brooklyn Fazzini 0-2 0-0 0; Jaden Strum 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 3-10 62.
Shelby McDaniels 11-20 4-8 28; McKenzie Reynolds 4-12 2-2 12; Kennedy Samargo 3-11 2-4 9; Kendal Currence 3-7 2-2 9; Kiara Woods 4-7 0-2 8; Gabby Parke 3-9 0-0 7; Kenna Maxwell 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 28-71 10-18 73.
Three-point field goals – Lincoln: Martin 4-5; Riley 3-10; Ferris 2-6; McDougal 0-1. Totals 9-22; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 2-6; Reynolds 2-3; Samargo 1-1; Parke 1-5; Currence 1-1; Maxwell 0-3. Totals 7-19.
Rebounds – Lincoln: Ferris 7; team 6; Tucker 5; Jett 4; McDougal 4; Martin 2; Riley 2; deadball 1. Totals 31; Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 13; Reynolds 11; McDaniels 10; team 5; deadball 4; Parke 4; Samargo 4; Woods 4; Maxwell 1. Totals 56.
Assists – Lincoln: Ferris 6; Jett 4; Martin 4; Sturm 2; Tucker 1; McDougal 1; Riley 1. Totals 19; Buckhannon-Upshur: Samargo 8; McDaniels 5; Maxwell 3; Parke 2; Currence 2. Totals 20.
Steals – Lincoln: Ferris 5; Jett 1; Tucker 1; Sturm 1; Riley 1. Totals 9; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 8; Maxwell 2; Reynolds 2; Parke 2; Currence 1. Totals 15.
Blocked shots – Lincoln: Ferris 2. Totals 2. Buckhannon-Upshur: None.
Turnovers – Lincoln: 25; Buckhannon-Upshur 20.
Personal fouls – Lincoln: 17; Buckhannon-Upshur 14.