TENNERTON — Coming off a win over the Lincoln Cougars in their last outing, the Buckhannon- Upshur High School girls’ varsity basketball team (3-0) played host to a Musselman Lady Appleman team (1-4) for a non-conference game last Saturday, December 18.
While the Lady Bucs had largely been dominant in their outings so far this season, not trailing in any game thus far; they have had slow stretches offensively. This issue was showcased in the first half of their win over Lincoln and fixing this would through finding balance and consistency on the offensive end. On the other hand, the Lady Appleman have had trouble struggling to find an overall team identity early in the year. With that being the case, both teams had things to iron out and button up going into the game.
The Lady Bucs bucked their early season trend of slowly starts offensively, by coming out with a certain inspiring competitive passion and fire against the Lady Appleman. Fueled by their quick start, the Lady Bucs steadily built a 12-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. In the second, the Lady Appleman gained their composure and found some semblance of a rhythm, but the Bucs saw their efficient shooting night from the field continued, taking a 24-13 lead into the locker-room at halftime.
As a team, the Lady Bucs carried over their aggressiveness offensively over to the second half, exploding out to another large run to kickstart the third quarter. At the end of three, the Lady Bucs found themselves in complete control of the game, up 20 points, by way of a 43-23 score. A few minutes into the final period, the Lady Bucs hit a basket to give them a 24-point lead. With the game’s outcome already largely decided, the Lady Bucs eased off of Musselman in the fourth quarter, mixing it up with their rotations to get a look at different line-ups playing together. While Musselman would make a small run in the waning minutes of the game, it was too little, too late to overcome the Lady Bucs at home.
Despite cruising to a wire-to-wire win over Musselman, the Lady Bucs were sloppy at times, not valuing the basketball leading to turnovers, but for the most part played sharp. Senior guard Shelby McDaniels continued to build upon her impressive start to her final season in a Buccaneer uniform by scoring 19 points on her typical efficient shooting from both the line and the field. Junior forward Kendal Currence was a versatile defensive menace securing rebounds, blocking a couple of shots, and recording a half dozen steals, to go along with her 11 points. Both sophomore wing Gabby Parke and freshman forward Alyssa Abel narrowly missed double-digits, finishing the night with 8 points apiece. Sophomore Kenna Maxwell scored 3 points and sophomore Kyndal Davis chipped in 2 points to round out the scoring against Musselman for the Lady Bucs varsity team.
The Lady Bucs will look to build off their strong start to the season following a short Christmas break. The Lady Bucs’ schedule next sees them travel to a two-day tournament in Pennsylvania. During this holiday season basketball tournament, the Lady Bucs will first play the West Greene High School Pioneers on December 28 and the next day on the 29 they will find themselves pitted against Pittsburgh powerhouse, the Taylor Allderdice Dragons.