By Dave Helmick
HAMBLETON – The Tucker County Boys’ Basketball team hosted Pocahontas County on Monday March 8th for a varsity only contest. The Mt. Lions got off to an early lead and never looked back in route to a 70-39 win.
Tucker County won the first quarter as they outscored Pocahontas County 17-13 after one. The Mt. Lions then dominated the second quarter as they outpaced the Warriors 17-4 in the second to make the halftime score 34-17.
The third quarter was close, but Tucker County edge Pocahontas County in the third 10-8 to put the score to 44-25. The Mt. Lions then let the reserves finish the game in the fourth quarter as Tucker County outshot the Warriors 21-14 to give the Mt. Lions the victory by the score of 70-39.
Tucker County was led by Zack Colebank with 13 points, 9 rebounds and Trenton Wilfong added 9 points, 7 assists. Gus Mullennex had 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and Levi Bennett chipped in with 7 points, 6 rebounds for the Mt. Lions.
FRANKLIN – The Mt. Lions traveled to Pendleton County on Wednesday March 10th. The game was back and forth through the first two quarters before the Wildcats pulled away for the 53-36 home win.
The first quarter was competitive as both teams scored 10 points in the quarter to make the score 10-10 after one. Pendleton County pulled away slightly as they outscored the Mt. Lions 12-8 to put the halftime score to 22-18 Wildcats.
The third quarter belonged to Pendleton County as they exploded to score 17 points compared to Tucker County’s 7 points to push the Wildcat lead to 39-25 after three quarters of play. The Mt. Lions could not overcome the Pendleton County advantage as the Wildcats edged Tucker County 12-11 in the fourth to give Pendleton County the victory by the final score of 53-36.
Freshman Ashton Lycliter led Tucker County as he came off the bench to score 12 points and he collected 6 rebounds. Zack Colebank added 8 points, 6 rebounds and Maddox Anderson chipped in 6 points for the Mt. Lions in the loss. The Tucker County JV team took home the win in the first game 59-36.
Tucker County (2-1) will return to action on Thursday March 18th at Petersburg at 5:45pm JV start and then the Mt. Lions will travel to Elkins on Saturday March 20th for a 5:45pm JV start with the varsity game to follow after. There will be a radio broadcast of the Elkins/Tucker County game Saturday on 98.9FM WDNE. For more info go to TuckerCountySports.Com.