TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School girl’s junior varsity basketball team fought hard to beat the Liberty Mountaineers, with a final score of 38-34 at home, last Tuesday, January 11.
The Lady Bucs JV team entered the game with a ferocious determination defensively, holding the Mountaineers to only a single point at the end of the first quarter. Up 6-1 at the start of the second quarter, the Lady Bucs nearly lost control of the lead, getting outscored 12-7 in the period, but at halftime, the B-U girls clung to a one-point, 13-12, lead.
Coming out after the halftime break, the Lady Bucs exploded for 17 points in the third period. Casadie Lahman rained a barrage of threes, hitting 3 in third quarter alone on her way to scoring 12 of the Lady Bucs’ 17 points in the period. Defensively, the Lady Bucs showed fairly well, holding the Mountaineers to 11 points in the third. The girls used the big third quarter to add some cushion to their lead going into the fourth and final corner up, 30-23. Despite the Mountaineers outscoring them 11-8 and stringing together a run that threatened the lead late in the game, the JV Lady Bucs found the grit to hold on for the 38-34 victory.
Lahman finished the game as the Lady Bucs leading scorer, coming away with 18 points on 4 2-point field goals, 3 3-point field goals, and 1-2 shooting from the charity stripe. Lahman was the only Lady Buc to hit the double-digit scoring mark on the evening.
Rosie Shackleford was the Lady Bucs’ second-leading scorer against Liberty, finishing with 7 points, on 3 2-point field goals and 1-2 shooting from the free throw line.
Brooklyn Smith hit both a single 2-point field goal and a single 3-point field goal to end the game with 5 points, good enough for the third best mark on the team.
Regina Petrokovich scored all 4 of her points in the fourth quarter, doing all the little things it takes to win.
Olivia Shipley and Ninamae Coberly scored 2 points apiece to round out the scoring numbers in the big home win.