TENNERTON – The outlook is bright for the Buckhannon-Upshur Little Lady Buc varsity cagers in the 2018-19 season.
The nine-player roster shows four varsity returnees, along with five members from last year’s jayvee squad.
The varsity veterans back are guard Lexi Kelley, forward McKinley Bonnett, guard Ashley Catlin and forward Cat Neely.
Up from the jayvee team are guard Kenna Maxwell, forward Kendal Currence, guard HodgeNay Henderson, forward Kyndal Davis and guard Gabby Parke.
“This year’s varsity team is full of natural athletes,” remarked coach Tiffany Board, who took the head coaching job after serving as assistant coach the past three seasons, “Their speed and athleticism is going to be great for our planned high-octane style of offense and defense.
“I’m excited to have a deep bench to rely on. Many of these girls have worked non-stop during the off-season and I believe it’s going to show on the court.
“My goal, as it should be for any middle school coach, is to get my athletes prepared to play at the next level. I want to help feed into our high school program as much as possible.
“I really am excited to get this season under way. I think these girls are going to be fun to watch!”
The Little Lady Bucs will open the season in the B-UMS Kick-off Tournament Thursday and Friday.
They will face Robert L. Bland at 7 p.m. Thursday, with Elkins battling Washington Irving at 4 p.m. the consolation game will be at 4 p.m. Friday, with the title clash set for 7 p.m.
Player Grade Pos.
McKinley Bonnett 8 F
Ashley Catlin 8 G
Kendal Currence 8 F
Kyndal Davis 7 F
HodgeNay Henderson 7 G
Lexi Kelley 8 G
Kenna Maxwell 7 G
Cat Neely 8 F
Gabby Parke 7 G
Nov. 29 – B-UMS Kick-off Tournament. Washington Irving vs. Elkins, 4 p.m.; Buckhannon vs. Robert L. Bland, 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 – B-UMS Kick-off Tournament: Consolation game, 4 p.m. Championship game, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 – at Elkins, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 – Philippi, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 – Taylor County, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 – Mountaineer (Morgantown), 7:30 p.m.
De. 18 – at South, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 – Bridgeport, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 28-29 – at Preston County Holiday Tournament. Pairings and times to be announced
Jan. 2 – at Washington Irving, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Robert L. Bland, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 – at Philippi, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 – Lincoln, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 – at Taylor County, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 – at Mountaineer (Morgantown), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 – South, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 – Elkins, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 – at Robert L. Bland, 7:30 p.m.