TENNERTON - Johnny Riley erupted for 23 points Monday to help Lewis County cruise past Big 10 Conference rival Buckhannon-Upshur, 64-50.
"I thought my boys played really well at times," LCHS coach Charles Simms said. "We still have to cut down on the little mistakes. I preached all last week that they were going to have to play hard and not take any plays off. We still gave up a few open looks at three-pointers. Other than that, my kids fought hard."
Lewis County set the tempo early in the game and never fell behind in scoring. The Minutemen held a 40-27 advantage at halftime. The Bucs attempted a late rally, outscoring Lewis County 16-11 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Ben Simmons
Lewis County’s Skylar Charlton leaps high to swat down a shot from Buckhannon Upshur’s Cody Garrett Monday evening. The Minutemen defeated the Bucs 64-50 in Big 10 Conference action.
"This is an arch-rivalry game," Simms said. "I told the boys coming down here that this wasn't going to be an easy game and that they were going to have to work for it. They did."
For the Minutemen, Joe Nichols added 14 points and Mark Moran contributed 11 points.
Zane Cleavenger set the pace for the Bucs with 17 points. Sophomore Cody Garrett added seven points and senior Jordan Look scored six points.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday, with Lewis County traveling to Bridgeport and B-U going to Preston County. Tipoff is set for 7:30 for both games.