WESTON - Johnnie Riley fired in 20 points Wednesday to help Lewis County nip Elkins, 59-56, in Big 10 Conference
"It was a battle," EHS coach John Lawson said. "We did a nice job defensively, especially with our interior defense. We gave up some perimeter stuff, but we played good elsewhere. We were also a little slow on the offensive end. It came down to execution. They were one play better than us."
Lewis County took a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Tigers continued to battle, outscoring the Minutemen 35-32 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit.
"We let them know it's going to be a war when they play us," Lawson said. "The bottom line is, we are playing for March. The work we are doing now is preparing us for March. I think we are moving in the right
Senior Logan Phillips paced the Tigers in scoring with 18 points. Junior Braden Hammond scored 12 points, including 3 three-pointers. Seniors Colby Gainer and Tyler Shreve contributed 11 points each.
For the Minutemen, Joe Nichols scored 18 points and Skylar Carlton added 15 points.
Elkins hosts Buckhannon on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Lewis County returns to action on Saturday at Hampshire County. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.
BAKER - Four Mountain Lions reached double digits in scoring Wednesday as Class A, No. 6 Tucker County pounded East Hardy, 83-20, in Potomac Valley Conference action.
"We played well from the start," TCHS coach Tom Gutshall said. "We played really good defense. We took them out of what they were trying to do. We got a lot of turnovers and a lot of steals. Every kid I have scored, so that helps."
Austin Zirk paced the Mountain Lions with 20 points. Ian Nichols scored 13 points, Tyler Birchland added 11 points and Mitchell Mason contributed 10 points. Mason also grabbed 10 rebounds. Derek Zirk had eight steals and nine assists.
For the Cougars, Michael Miller and Adam Holliday scored five points each to lead the team.
Tucker County (9-2) hosts Southern Garrett, Md. on Friday at 7:30. East Hardy (2-11) hosts Doddridge County on Friday as part of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
FRANKLIN - Evan Arrington scored 15 points to lift Pendleton County past Moorefield, 50-32, in PVC action.
"We were a little rusty tonight," PCHS coach Ryan Lambert said. "It was an ugly score. The game was ugly, but a win is a win and we'll take it."
Logan Cooper and Trey Cooper scored eight points each for the Wildcats. Haden Fox grabbed 10 rebounds.
Dakota Vetter paced the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 11 points. Austin Williams contributed eight points.
Pendleton County (9-3) hosts Harman on Friday at 6 p.m. Moorefield hosts Petersburg on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Girls Middle School Basketball
ELKINS - Taylor Maynard scored 12 points to help the Hornets sting Tygarts Valley, 32-26, in girls varsity middle school action.
"We played awful in the first half," EHS coach Shane Richardson said. "We overcame some adversity and gutted it out in the second half. We found a way to win. It wasn't pretty at times, but a win is a win. I'm most satisfied with the way they came together as a team when things were not going our way."
For the Hornets, Susan Riggleman scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Abby Harris paced the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 points. Kaleah Pritt added six points to the effort.
In junior varsity action, Elkins defeated Tygarts Valley, 32-12.
In that game, Sarah Riggleman scored 10 points. Kiley Calain added five points and had seven steals. Haley Smith, Alysun Hammond and Tabby Curtis scored four points each.
Jessie Corley scored four points for TVMS. Katlyn Defibaugh added three points.