HAMBLETON – The Mt. Lions Boys’ Basketball team hosted Notre Dame last Thursday for a Regional Championship game that would send the winner to the State Tournament in Charleston this week. Tucker County hung tough early, but the Irish pulled away to claim the Regional Crown to punch their ticket to the State Tournament by the final score of 71-52.
The home standing Mt. Lions took an early lead as they big crowd lifted Tucker County early on. Notre Dame would fight back as they closed out the first quarter on a run to put the Irish back in front after one quarter of play 15-8. Notre Dame then built a 34-16 lead midway through the second quarter. The Mt. Lions then responded with an 8-1 run to close out the quarter to make the halftime score 35-24 Notre Dame.
The visiting Irish would control the third quarter as they outscored Tucker County 18-16 to increase the Notre Dame lead after three quarters of play to 53-40. In the fourth quarter the Mt. Lions tried to mount a comeback, but the Irish would not let that happen as Notre Dame outpaced the home team in the fourth 18-12 to secure the victory by the final score of 71-52.
Notre Dame captured the Regional Championship with the win and the Irish earned a #3 seed and will compete in the State Tournament today against #6 seed Parkersburg Catholic at 9:30am.
The Mt. Lions were led in scoring by Corrick Ambrose with 19 points and Cameron Wamsley added 14 points, 12 rebounds for Tucker County in the loss. Jeffrey Snyder had 13 points, 5 rebounds for the Mt. Lions and Wyatt Betler chipped in with 6 points. Tucker County finished the season with a 9-16 record. For more info go to TuckerCountySports.Com.