TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs were rolling along with a 5-1 record and ranked 10th in the state, then they were forced to shut everything down.
A Grafton player contracted COVID-19 prior to or shortly after the Lady Bucs played them on March 10.
Following their March 13th game at Wheeling Park, the team was then ordered to shutdown going into the 10-day quarantine.
While several teams across the state have had to enter the 10-day quarantine, fair or not, Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Rob Kittle wasn’t necessarily pleased with how the whole ordeal played out for his team.
His team picked play back up Wednesday night against Preston and their lay-off showed as the Lady Bucs fell behind early by a 13-0 score after four minutes of action.
Although they scrapped back to make a game out of it in the end dropping a 48-45 decision, it was evident this wasn’t the same team on the court prior to the quarantine.
The Lady Bucs shot the ball at 27 percent, their lowest shooting percentage of the year.
“The lay-off really hurt us,” remarked Kittle. “Especially considering we had no symptoms nor was anyone sick. These kids have been put through so much and we can’t get any answers to what we need to do! We asked for meetings with health officials two or three times and got no response We are just forced to abide to protocols that continuously change to seemingly fit other’s agenda!”
The Lady Bucs went over four minutes before scoring in the first quarter when Shelby McDaniels finally put them on the board with a lay-up.
Kenna Maxwell followed with two free throws to make it a 13-4 game.
The Lady Bucs were down by 10, at 16-6, and the end of the quarter.
Gabby Parke fired in a three-pointer and McKenzie Reynolds tacked on a free throw to bring the Lady Bucs to within six, at 16-10 to start the quarter, but Preston answered with a 7-0 run putting the Lady Bucs down 13, at 23-10.
B-U pulled to within 11 at the half, at 26-15.
Still down 11, at 34-23, Kennedy Samargo raced inside for a lay-up and Maxwell uncorked a three-pointer to close the gap down to six, at 34-28.
Natalie Annon made a free throw for Preston, but McDaniels knocked down a jumper, making it a 35-30 contest going into the final quarter.
The Lady Bucs scored the first five points of the fourth quarter behind a Samargo free throw, a putback by Kiara Woods and a lay-up by McDaniels tying the game at 35-35.
With the game tied at 38-38, Woods gave the Lady Bucs their first lead of the game, at 40-38 with 4:39 left to play.
Preston took the lead back with a 4-0 run by Parke tied it again with a lay-up and then unleashed a trey to put B-U ahead by a 45-42 score with 2:33 remaining.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bucs, it was the last points of the game that they scored.
Preston scored the next six points for a 48-45 lead.
The Lady Bucs had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Parke’s baseline three-pointer wouldn’t fall.
McDaniels paced the B-U offense with 14 points while Parke added 10.
Preston was led by Carsynn Sines who scored a game-high 18 points.
The Lady Bucs dropped to 5-2 on the season heading into Friday’s home game with University.
They will return to the court Monday traveling to Morgantown for a 7:30 p.m. contest with the Mohigans.
“At this point, we are just trying to get back into shape and hopefully be competitive at sectional time,” concluded Kittle.
Preston 16 10 9 13 – 48
Buckhannon-Upshur 6 9 15 15 – 45
Carsynn Sines 7-15 4-6 18; Michelle Thomas 7-12 1-4 15; Hannah Cramer 2-10 0-0 6; Natalie Annon 1-1 3-4 6; Isabela Sthal 0-2 3-4 3; Breanna Sphar 0-5 0-1 0; Kinley Manko 0 0-0 0; Leah Elliot 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 11-19 48.
Shelby McDaniels 6-23 2-2 14; Gabby Parke 4-8 0-0 10; Kiara Woods 3-5 1-3 7; Kenna Maxwell 1-8 2-2 5; McKenzie Reynolds 0-5 4-8 4; Kennedy Samargo 1-7 1-2 3; Kendal Currence 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 16-60 10-17 45.
Three-point field goals – Preston: Cramer 2-8; Annon 1-1; Manko 0-1; Sines 0-1; B. Sphar 0-4. Totals 3-15; Buckhannon-Upshur: Parke 2-4; Maxwell 1-3; Reynolds 0-2; Samargo 0-2; McDaniels 0-8. Totals 3-19.
Rebounds – Preston: Thomas 14; Sines 7; Cramer 7; B. Sphar 6; Annon 2; deadball 2; Stahl 1; Manko 1; Elliott 1. Totals 41; Buckhannon-Upshur: Reynolds 7; Woods 6; McDaniels 5; Samargo 5; Currence 5; deadball 4; Maxwell 1. Totals 33.
Assists – Preston: Thomas 2; I. Stahl 2; Sphar 1; Cramer 1. Totals 6; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 5; Currence 1. Total 6.
Steals – Preston: Thomas 1; B. Sphar 1; Sines 1. Totals 3; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 2; Currence 2; Maxwell 1; Reynolds 1; Samargo 1. Total 7.
Blocked shots – Preston: Thomas 1; Sines 1. Totals 2; Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 2. Totals 2.
Turnovers – Preston: 17; Buckhannon-Upshur: 7.
Personal fouls – Preston: 15; Buckhannon-Upshur: 17.