Postseason awards begin for Lady Bucs

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McClung, Maxwell take Big 10 Conference’s top honors; Bennett named to first team

TENNERTON — After winning the Big 10 Conference regular-season title and playing in the Class AAA state title game, the postseason awards have begun for the Buckhannon-Upshur girls basketball team.
Hanna McClung was named the Big 10’s Player of the Year on Sunday, while Jeremy Maxwell was selected as the Coach of the Year.
McClung, a junior point guard, helped guide the Lady Bucs to the best season in school history by averaging 16 points and five assists.
Maxwell, in his third season at the helm, directed B-U to a dazzling 24-4 mark. It was the third straight appearance in Charleston for the Lady Bucs, who lost to Huntington, 72-54, in Saturday night’s championship contest.
B-U also placed Lauren Bennett on the first team. The junior guard averaged nearly 10 points per game and was among the team leaders in assists, steals and rebounds.
Makayla Reynolds, who netted 24 points in the title game, earned second-team honors. The senior forward was a force for B-U in the postseason after returning from a broken foot, which sidelined her for over a month. She was second on the team in scoring with 14 ppg. and the squad’s top rebounder.
The conference enjoyed another strong campaign as a whole, as five schools competed in the state tournament, including Class AA state champion Fairmont Senior.
The Lady Polar Bears had two first-team selection, sophomore Anysa Jordan and senior Erica Bowles, while senior Abby Stoller landed on the second team.
The rest of the first unit included Lincoln’s Hope Bray and Gracey Lamm, Philip Barbour’s Chelsea Mayle, Bridgeport’s Quinn Stalnaker, North Marion’s Christa Tobin, East Fairmont’s Lauryn Antolock and Preston’s Makenzie Friend.
Bray, Mayle, Stalnaker, Tobin and Antolock were all seniors.
Others on the second team were North Marion’s Presley Tuttle, Lewis County’s Alexis Rumbach, Preston’s Marlo Lively, Bridgeport’s Gina Renzelli and Emily Riggs, Lincoln’s Madison Jeffries, Robert C. Byrd’s Tannah Cox and Grafton’s Ally Peters.
Lewis County’s Sarah Post and Bella Posey, along with Presotn’s Seneca Manko were the honorable-mention picks.
Lincoln, North Marion and Bridgeport were the other representatives for the conference at the state tournament.

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