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Tigers knock off Fairmont Senior

January 20, 2014
By Ben Simmons Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - Logan Phillips lit up Class AA, No. 8 Fairmont Senior for 31 points to lead Elkins to a 66-62 Big 10 Conference victory Saturday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

"I felt we really bounced back well," Tigers coach John Lawson said, referring to the 65-52 loss to Preston County on Friday. "We defended well. That was a point of emphasis going in. We got back to the fundamentals and doing the little things it takes to win games. Really, it was a big win for us."

The Tigers took a 34-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. Fairmont Senior was able to out score Elkins in the second half, 36-32, but it wasn't enough to pull out the victory.

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Elkins’ Tyler Shreve drives to the basket as three Fairmont Senior defenders converge Saturday night in Big 10 Conference action at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

"We knew they were going to be tough," Lawson said. "It was a very physical game. Defensively, our kids decided they were going to get the job done. They responded well and that's what they have to do to be a good team. I'm proud of their effort. They pulled out a tough win over a very good opponent."

Elkins junior Braden Hammond scored 15 points, nailing four 3-pointers. Colby Gainer added 13 points and Tyler Shreve scored seven points.

Joe Leon paced the Polar Bears with 16 points. Isaac Childers and Mike Holloway contributed 13 points each.

The Tigers will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Marion for a Big 10 matchup.

Hampshire 83, B-U 38

ROMNEY - Hampshire's Travis Clower erupted for 43 points in an 83-38 victory over Buckhannon-Upshur on Saturday.

"There just wasn't anything good about it," Bucs coach Eli Gurash said. "We played very uninspired and without much heart. After the going got tough, as a group, we quit. The good news is we finally hit rock bottom. There is nowhere to go but up from here. I expect the boys to bounce back."

Senior Jordan Look paced the Bucs in scoring with nine points. Zane Cleavenger contributed five points to the effort.

B-U will host Lewis County at 7:30 p.m. today for a Big 10 Conference meeting.

Pocahontas County 73

East Hardy ............. 49

BAKER?- Braxton Rider had 12 points to lead Pocahontas County to a 73-49 win over East Hardy Friday night in PVC play.

Ryan Dilley also reached double figures for the Warriors with 11 points. J.D. Hensler added 11 rebounds and Cary Robertson seven assists and five steals.

Pocahontas County (4-4) will host Bath County, Va., today.

High school girls' basketball

Fairmont Senior 76, Elkins 44

FAIRMONT - Emily Stoller hit for 20 points Saturday to lift Fairmont Senior past Elkins, 76-44, in Big 10 Conference action.

"I know it might sound strange, but our girls played some of the best basketball I've seen them play yet," Tigers coach Cathy Duffield said referring to the second half of the game.

"Fairmont has a really nice team. They have size and speed. We did very well in the second half against their press. I'm very pleased with the way our girls played in the second half to finish out the game like that. Their heads are up and I think they are starting to get hungry."

Fairmont held a 48-16 lead at halftime. However, the Tigers stepped up the pace in the second half and matched Fairmont point-for-point.

Junior Meghan Dolly led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Logan Dudley contributed nine points and five rebounds.

For the Polar Bears, freshman Erica Bowles scored 17 points and junior Kaden Whaley added 16 points.

Elkins will host North Marion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for another league game.

B-U 51, Hampshire 43

ROMNEY - Courtney Reed scored 17 points as Buckhannon Upshur rallied for a 51-43 win over Hampshire on Saturday.

The Bucs were down by three points at halftime, 22-19, but outscored the Trojans 22-8 in the fourth quarter to take home the victory.

"Defense was the key late in the game," B-U coach Tristen Gray said. "We needed stops and got them when we had to. We changed up our defense often and they struggled a bit with that.

"We also controlled the boards, limiting second chances."

For the Bucs, Caitlyn Lampinen and Megan Wilfong scored 13 points each.

Wilfong also paced the defense with 17 rebounds.

B-U will host Preston at 7:30 p.m.?Tuesday in Big 10 action.

Pendleton County 59

Petersburg ........... 56

FRANKLIN - Kaylee Edwards fired in 22 points as Pendleton County claimed a 59-56 win over Petersburg on Saturday.

Hillary Ord added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (6-7), who will visit Highland County, Va., on Friday for a non-conference matchup.



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