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Hawks ease previous Buccaneers in part semifinal

MORGANTOWN — It was enterprise as traditional for the College ladies’ basketball crew on Wednesday because the Hawks defeated Buckhannon-Upshur 72-37 within the first spherical of the Class AAAA Area I, Part 2 match.

A crew that was one win away from going to Charleston final 12 months, the Hawks (13-10) performed like that was the purpose Wednesday, beginning the sport by going up 31-1 on the Buccaneers (4-17) within the first half.

“We’re sharing the basketball,” UHS coach Nick Lusk merely mentioned. “I assumed our passing was actually good and I assumed defensively we did a pleasant job.” 

BU’s first discipline purpose got here on the 1:42 mark of the second quarter, over 14 minutes into the sport, on a layup by Hodgenay Henderson. Earlier than that, Alyssa Abel’s free throw accounted for the crew’s lone level. Abel later hit a three-pointer as College led 41-6 at halftime.

The Hawks, in the meantime, have been getting everybody concerned on each ends of the courtroom. UHS turned BU over eight instances within the first quarter and 5 extra instances within the second, resulting in a plethora of fastbreak alternatives. Middle Riley Braham additionally blocked a few shot makes an attempt.

In the long run, 10 gamers scored for UHS with eight making a number of discipline targets. 

The Hawks lacked that type of depth early within the season, however the mixture of accidents and a tricky schedule threw some ladies into motion early and sometimes, and it seems the crew is now higher for it.

“The accidents harm us at first, however in the long term, it’s helped us,” Lusk mentioned. “The schedule that we performed at the start of the 12 months helped us. We really feel comfy placing anyone within the recreation. We don’t have a lot of a drop-off.

“It’s taken the stress off of others like Ella (Simpson) and Hannah (Stemple). Earlier than they needed to do loads of the scoring to the place now others are stepping up. It’s huge for us.”

Hannah Stemple led the cost with 14 factors and 4 three-pointers. Ashlynn Weaver scored 9, Whitney Cox and Bri Fox got here off the bench to attain 9 and eight, respectively, Braham had eight and Ella Simpson completed with seven.

“After we share the ball, I believe we’re a fairly good crew,” Lusk mentioned. “If we proceed to try this, we’ve acquired a fairly good shot (to win).”

Harley Dean and Casadie Lahamn each scored eight factors to guide BU. 

The Hawk will now host Preston within the part championship on Friday at 7 p.m.

College 72, Buckhannon-Upshur 37
BU 0 6 12 19 — 37
UHS 15 26 21 10 — 72
BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR (4-17) — Lahman 3 0-0 8; Henderson 1 0-2 2; Abel 2 2-3 7; Dean 3 2-2 8; Davis 3 1-2 7; Smith 1 0-0 3; Shackleford 0 0-0 0; Egress1 0-0 2; Feather 0 0-0 0; Corridor 0 0-0 0.
UNIVERSITY (13-10) — Weaver 3 2-2 9; Maisel 2 2-2 6; Braham 4 0-0 8; E. Simpson 3 1-2 7; Stemple 5 0-0 14; Fox 3 0-0 8; Johnson 3 0-0 6; L. Simpson 1 0-0 2; Cox 3 0-0 9; Balko 1 0-0 2; Martin 0 0-0 0; Vanscoy 0 0-0 0; Patterson 0 0-0 0.
3-Pt. Objectives — Buckhannon-Upshur 4 (Lahman 2, Abel 1, Smith 1). College 11 (Stemple 4, Cox 3, Fox 2, Weaver 1, Balko 1).