Varsity Lady Bucs overpower Braxton County, 51-21

Sophomore guard Kenna Maxwell going up for a contested lay-up in a game earlier in the year. Maxwell played an important role in the Lady Bucs’ offensive game plan against Braxton County, scoring 12 points. She also added several steals and a pair of assists to complement her strong shooting night. PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — Class-AAAA’s #8-ranked Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls varsity basketball team (11-3) wrapped up action this past week at home last Saturday, January 29 by hosting the Braxton County Lady Eagles (0-8). Saturday’s game was a late addition to the schedule, as the Lady Bucs’ planned trip Martinsburg was cancelled weeks ago. 

From the opening tip, the Lady Eagles were clearly in over their heads. The B-U defense overwhelmed the Lady Eagles, leading to a string of Braxton County turnovers. The Lady Bucs got out in transition early and often in route to building a commanding 19-1 lead in the first quarter. 

Up 18 points going into the second quarter, Lady Bucs seemed to ease off a bit. Allowing a reeling Lady Eagles to show signs of life. Despite this, the Buckhannon team still outscored Braxton 17-11 in the period heading into the locker-room up 24 points, 36-12. 

Coming out of halftime, the Lady Bucs seemed determined to knock the Lady Eagles out of this game once and for all, outscoring them 10-3 in the quarter to take a 21-point, 46-15 lead into the fourth and final quarter. 

With the game already decided, both coaches decided to clear the bench, allowing everyone to get some in-game experience. The Lady Eagles bench players ended up outscoring the B-U bench players by a narrow 6-5 margin in the fourth quarter. Aside from this small positive moral victory for the Lady Eagles, it was all Lady Bucs in this one, winning by a final score of 51-21. 

With the win over Braxton County, the Lady Bucs improve to 12-3 on the year. Despite their dominating performance, in which they caused over 40 Braxton County turnovers, there are things to be worked on, as the Lady Bucs did not shoot or rebound to their potential for spurts of this game. Despite an off night shooting the ball from the field, the Lady Bucs defense generated enough offensive opponents in the open floor to dominate the game. 

With the Lady Bucs rotation expanded this game, the starters got to take a small breather for the looming postseason run down the back stretch of the season. Junior forward Kendal Currence led the Bucs in scoring with 16 points. Currence was also a key interior presence for a Lady Buc team that struggled to rebound the ball. 

Junior combo guard Kenna Maxwell was the only other Lady Buccaneer to reach double-digit scoring numbers with 13 points. Sophomore wing Gabby Parke narrowly missed out on being the third Lady Buc in double-digits with 7 points. Star senior guard Shelby McDaniels had an unusually quiet night in limited action, scoring only 5 points. Sophomore Kendal Davis scored 4 points, freshman standout Alyssa Abel scored 2 points and senior guard Olivia Ellis scored 1 point for the Bucs on the evening. 

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