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Defense sparks Elkins past B-U

Lady Tigers garner 15 steals, 9 blocks to turn back rival

November 29, 2012
By Jesse Skiles Sports correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

TENNERTON - The Elkins High School girls opened the season with an exciting road victory Wednesday night, recording a 34-27 victory at Big 10 Conference rival Buckhannon-Upshur.

The Lady Tigers ended the game with a 10-3 run, turning a 24-24 tie into a hard-fought victory.

Coach Nancy Lewis' squad won the game with an aggressive night on the defensive end. Elkins produced 15 steals, blocked nine shots and forced 28 Lady Buc turnovers. The Lady Tigers held B-U to 23.9 percent from the field (11-of-46).

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Buckhannon-Upshur’s Jessica Feronti drives the lane as Elkins defenders Brianna Swecker (3) and Hailey Collins (11) converge Wednesday night in Big 10 Conference play in Tennerton. The Lady Tigers opened the season with a 34-27 victory.

"We were not getting a lot of production on the offensive end, so this victory was definitely from our defensive effort," Lewis said. "We kept the pressure up, and did a nice job of filling the passing lanes and not quitting on plays. That got us a lot of steals and enabled us to block a lot of shots."

Elkins led 5-4 after one quarter, but B-U rallied to take a 17-15 lead to the locker room. B-U's Kelsey Hinzman led that charge, scoring eight of her game-high 13 points in the frame. Elkins cut the margin to 21-20 by the end of the third quarter, setting the stage for the late-game heroics.

Baskets from Logan Dudley and Michaela Lewis-Lambert put Elkins up 24-21, but a three-pointer from B-U's Karli Littler tied the game at 24-24 with 6:28 remaining.

From there, the Elkins defense bottled up the Lady Buc effort, closing with the 10-3 surge. Jaycie Saseen scored five points during the decisive run as she ended the night as the team's leading scorer with seven points. Kelsi Triplett followed with six points.

Lewis-Lambert and Dudley led the rebounding effort, with 10 and eight boards, respectively. They accounted for 18 of the team's 37 rebounds.

"Those two are going to be counted for a lot of rebounding this season," Lewis said.

Ashley Simmons added six rebounds, while Colleen Webley matched the three steals that were provided by Lewis-Lambert and Dudley. Three different Tigers had two assists and three more had two blocked shots.

Hinzman's 13-point, 11-rebound night was complemented by Jess Feronti's eight point, six steal performance. Megan Wilfong collected 13 rebounds despite limited minutes due to foul trouble, and Haley Ware added eight rebounds.

B-U will travel to Lewis County Friday night, while Elkins opens its home schedule against East Fairmont on the same evening.

Elkins 34, Buckhannon-Upshur 27

Elkins (1-0, 1-0 Big 10)

Brianna Swecker 1-6 1-3 3, Colleen Webley 0-3 1-2 1, Kelsi Trippett 2-10 0-0 6, Hailey Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Jaycie Saseen 2-6 3-4 7, Lindsey Silvester 1-4 2-2 4, Ashley Simmons 1-5 1-4 3, Charlie George 1-1 0-0 2, Meghan Dolly 0-2 0-0 0, Logan Dudley 2-4 0-2 4, Michaela Lewis-Lambert 1-4 2-5 4. Totals 11-45 10-22 34

Buckhannon-Upshur (0-1, 0-1)

Megan Wilfong 0-4 0-4 0, Kelsey Hinzman 5-10 3-4 13, Alexis McDaniels 0-2 0-0 0, Courtney Reed 1-12 0-0 2, Jessica Feronti 4-11 0-0 8, Taylor Starkey 0-0 0-0 0, Karli Littler 1-3 1-2 4, Haley Ware 0-4 0-0 0, Kaylea Shannon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-46 4-10 27.

Elkins 5 10 5 14 - 34

B-U 4 13 4 6 - 27

Three-point field goals - Elkins (Triplett 2), B-U, Littler 1 Rebounds - Elkins 37 (Lewis-Lambert 10, Dudley 8, Simmons 6, Saseen 5), B-U - 44 (Wilfong 13, Hinzman 11, Ware 8, Reed 6). Assists - Elkins 9 (Collins, Simmons, Webley 2), B-U - 4 (Hinzman, McDaniels, Reed and Feronti). Steals - Elkins 15 (Lewis-Lambert, Dudley and Webley 3), B-U - 16 (Feronti 6, Reed 5, McDaniels 3).

 
 

 

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