BUCKHANNON - Brooklyn Perkey fired in 24 points to push Lewis County past Buckhannon-Upshur, 56-31, in opening round action of the Class AAA, Region II, Section 2 tournament.
The Minutemaids (6-15) will travel to Hampshire at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sectional title game. The Trojans defeated Elkins, 42-40, in Tuesday's other half of the section.
"I'm very proud of my girls," Lewis County coach Theresa Johnston said. "Teamwork was the key. We have a tough road game Thursday, but I believe in my girls."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Players from Lewis County and Buckhannon-Upshur battle for a loose rebound during Class AAA, Region II, Section 2 tournament action Tuesday night in?Tennerton.
Megan Wilfong paced the Bucs with 13 points. Courtney Reed added seven points.
"We started out pretty sluggish," B-U coach Tristen Gray said. "I don't know if it was the day off of school or the large crowd, but we played with reservations early. Some turnovers in the first and a lot of early misses helped dig a hole we couldn't get out of. We had plenty of opportunities throughout but Lewis did a good job of keeping us out of rhythm."
The Bucs end the season 7-12.
Hampshire 42, Elkins 40
ROMNEY - Taylor Harwood scored 14 points to help Hampshire nip Elkins in Class AAA, Region II, Section 2, tournament play.
Both teams battled back and forth in the first half with the Trojans holding a 22-16 advantage at intermission. The Tigers continued to keep pace and tied the game with 56 seconds left in regulation.
The Trojans then scored consecutive baskets to take a four-point lead. Monica Rossi hit a field goal to bring Elkins within two points but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
"It was the best game we played all season," Tigers coach Cathy Duffield said. "The girls fought really hard all night. The game was just so even. It was a really good game."
While the loss brought the season to a close for the Tigers, Duffield says the team is already looking forward to next year.
"I think the girls are hungry now," Duffield said. "They got a good taste of varsity basketball. They are already asking when off season workouts start. We saw improvements throughout the year and I think it's going to continue into next season."
Jaycie Saseen and Logan Dudley contributed 10 points each for the Lady Tigers. Dudley also tallied four blocked shots, three assists and three steals. Meghan Dolly chipped in seven points.
Juniors Emilynn Corbin and Mary Feaster contributed six points each for Hampshire.
The Trojans will now host Lewis County, which defeated Buckhannon-Upshur, at 7 p.m. Thursday for the sectional title.