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Nazelrod’s 24-point effort helps Preston outlast Buckhannon-Upshur

KINGWOOD — The Preston Excessive College ladies’ basketball staff earned a hard-fought 42-39 victory over sectional and Massive X convention foe Buckhannon-Upshur in a back-and-forth battle on Thursday night time inside The Fortress in Kingwood.

The Knights (4-2) overcame a poor taking pictures efficiency with a robust defensive effort and 24 factors from ahead Kendal Nazelrod, who was the brilliant spot on offense for head coach Brian Miller and his membership.

The Girl Bucs (1-2) have been led in scoring by Harley Dean with 13 factors.

“I put slightly strain on the ladies this week and advised them flat out how essential profitable a sport like this was,” Miller mentioned. “I advised them that each sport isn’t constructed the identical. You could have some smaller video games, some larger video games, some championship video games. We needed to deal with this sport completely different than others if we need to be on a sure facet of the bracket on the finish of the season.”

The Knights began the sport the way in which they needed early on and loved a 7-3 lead early within the first quarter. However a 7-0 scoring run (all by Dean) ended the quarter for B-U because it stole a lead 12-9 going into the second body.

On the 5:47 mark of the second quarter, the Girl Bucs led 16-11, however wouldn’t rating one other level earlier than halftime because the PHS protection continued to trigger turnovers. Nazelrod scored eight factors within the quarter to will her staff on an 8-0 run earlier than the break that gave the hosts a 19-16 benefit. Nazelrod led all scorers with 24 factors going 11 of 18 from the ground.

“I’ve at hand it to my teammates first,” Nazelrod mentioned. “They have been making some good publish passes and dealing arduous to get previous the double-teams and completely different defenses they have been throwing at us.”

A back-and-forth third quarter noticed the sport knotted at 23 halfway by way of the body. B-U started to take higher care of the ball to start the second half, however as soon as once more gave away possessions afterward. This allowed the Knights to construct a two-possession lead simply earlier than the fourth, 31-27. 

One other fast tempo to open the fourth noticed the hosts take benefit within the opening 90 seconds of the quarter. A layup by Nazelrod gave her staff a six-point lead, 35-29, that pressured a B-U timeout. The Girl Bucs responded effectively and managed to chop the result in 40-37 with 2:45 left within the sport.

A layup for every staff saved the Preston lead at one possession, 42-39, with 1:20 left within the sport. A full minute glided by and not using a level for both staff, then with 13.9 seconds left within the sport, PHS senior Ella White went to the foul line with an opportunity to seal the deal. She missed each free throws however the senior captain hustled right down to the opposite finish of the ground and compelled a tie-up that gave the Knights the ball again and the power to dribble the clock out after the following inbounds cross to safe the victory.

“I believe it’s all about what you might be pondering in your head, it’s one play at a time on the market,” White mentioned. “You must erase the dangerous performs that occurred earlier than and be able to make a play.”

“She’s our chief on the market,” Miller mentioned. “Typically I’ll ask her for recommendation within the huddle on issues that she sees on the ground. She’s began for 3 years now and we’d like her on the ground to be making these sorts of performs.”

The Knights will return dwelling on Tuesday to play host to a state champion out of Maryland in Mountain Ridge Excessive College.

Preston 42, Buckhannon 39
PHS 9 10 12 11 – 42
B-U 12 4 11 12- 39
Preston – Nazelrod 11 2-2 24, Sypolt 3 0-0 6, Miller 2 0-0 5, Bishop 1 1-6 3, White 1 0-2 2, Wilson 1 0-0 2
Buckhannon – Dean 5 3-3 13, Abel 1 1-1 3, Davis 3 0-0 6, Parke 2 0-0 5, Henderson 3 0-0 6, Lahman 1 0-0 3, Smith 1 0-0 3
3pt. Targets: Preston 1 (Miller 1); Buckhannon 3 (Lahman 1, Parke 1, Smith 1)