ELKINS - Tucker County's defense held Notre Dame without a field until the fourth quarter en route to a 52-19 victory in the championship round of the Class A, Region II, Section 1 tournament Friday night at Elkins High School.
"We played great defense tonight," TCHS coach Jim Ambrose said. "That was the bottom line. We also hit ten three-pointers, so our shooting was also on. They packed it in on Savannah (Ambrose) and Bekah (Simmons) and wouldn't let us get anything near the basket. So we took our shots from the outside. We've been working a lot on our shooting for the past month and it's starting to pay off."
The Lady Mountain Lions came out of the gate fast, blanking the Irish 14-0 in the first quarter. ND hit two foul shots in the second quarter to make the score 32-2 at halftime. The third quarter didn't go much better for the Fighting Irish, as the team hit two more foul shots to make the score 46-4 going into the final stanza.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Tucker County’s Savannah Ambrose blocks a shot attempt by Notre Dame’s Rachel Rogers during the Class A, Region II, Section 1 title game Friday night at Elkins High School. The Mountain Lions won the game 52-19 and will host either Pocahontas County or Pendleton County Wednesday in a regional title game.
Stephanie Betler paced TCHS with 13 points and five assists. Madison Mullenax added 12 points and five assists. Elizabeth Nichols also reached double digits in scoring with 11 points.
For the Fighting Irish, sophomore Rachel Rogers scored seven points and Allie Ridgway chipped in six points.
The Lady Mountain Lions will host the loser of today's Pendleton County vs. Pocahontas County game at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a regional title game.
Notre Dame (12-11) will visit the winner of that game, which will be played at 1 p.m. at Petersburg High School.