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Lady Eagles score Senior Night victory;
don’t fare as well the balance of the week

Senior team members of the Lady Eagles are recognized and presented a photo courtesy of Howie McCormick. Senior players are (L-R); Rebecca Vigue, Katelyn Golinsky, Kristen Bly, and Emily Conley.

Last Monday night was Senior Night for Braxton’s Lady Eagles, and they celebrated it properly with a 50-17 win over South Harrison. Coach Keith Greene, noting that “Most of the game, seniors played” and said, “It was an exciting night for the whole team.”
Seniors Kristen Bly, Emily Conley, Kate Golinsky, and Rebecca Vigue were honored.
In the South Harrison game, Braxton took an early lead and outscored the Lady Hawks in every quarter. The Eagles’ score included four three-pointers, two each by Kendra Houghton and Kristen Bly. Golinsky and Bly led in scoring with 12 points each. Golinsky led in steals with seven. Bly had six rebounds.
The rest of the week did not go as well for the Lady Eagles as they lost to Lewis, Gilmer, and Ritchie. The Gilmer and Ritchie, as well as South Harrison, are LKC games.
Lewis handed Braxton a 63-32 loss. The Lady Minutemen took a 13-8 lead after the first quarter and expanded it to 27-10 by halftime. The Lady Eagles had a 14-12 advantage in the third quarter, but Lewis came up with 26 points in the fourth for a decisive victory.
With 13 points, Braylee Woods was the only Braxton player in double figures in the Lewis game. She also pulled down seven rebounds to lead the team.
On Thursday, Gilmer defeated Braxton 54-29. The Lady Titans went up 35-10 by halftime. Second-half scoring was even, but Gilmer had the game. Woods and Hollis Skidmore each scored six points to lead Braxton’s scoring. Once again, Woods had seven rebounds.
Ritchie handed the Lady Eagles a 47-33 loss, their third of the week, on Saturday. Hollis Skidmore and Woods each scored 10 points to lead the team scoring. In the loss to Ritchie, Braxton shot less than 27 percent from the field and 36 percent from the line.
Coach Greene commented on reasons for the three losses. “Shooting from the floor and from the line were big factors in the three games that we lost,” he said. The coach continued, “The team played hard this week. They just came up short when it came to scoring. I’m still very proud of the team effort.”
Braxton played Doddridge last night and will face Webster tonight. The team will play in the LKC Consolations Thursday night although their opponent has not been determined.

Knights win CWVAC wrestling championship

In the conference wrestling tournament held Saturday at Spencer Middle School, the BCMS Knights scored 148 points to take the team championship. Spencer Middle School, with 139 points, finished second. Close behind, with 138.5 points, Clay placed third.
Eight Braxton wrestlers finished first or second in their weight classes. Wrestling their way to the championship of individual weight classes were Jake Long at 84 lbs., Tyee Ellyson, 102; Logan Conley,116; Justin Paletti, 128; and Quin Meador, 155.
Earning second place were Jamie Green, 145; Josh Butcher, 171; and Sturgis May, 190.

Wrestling team finishes fifth in LKC Tournament

The Eagles finished fifth in the Little Kanawha Conference Wrestling Tournament held last Saturday. Calhoun earned the conference team championship, followed by Roane and Wirt. Seven Braxton wrestlers placed among the top four in their weight classes.
Digger Dennison, at 113, earned the highest honor among the Eagles wrestlers. Dennison defeated Cole Cheuvront of Wirt 6-5 to take the championship for that weight class. His record is now 31-7.
Levi Jarvis, who carries a 37-2 record at 170, placed second. Calhoun’s Seth Moore decisioned Jarvis 3-1 in the championship match. Moore is undefeated.
Two Braxton wrestlers finished in third place. Gage Vincent, 126, outscored Jordan Dancy of Webster 5-3 in the consolation finals for third. Vincent’s record is now 5-3. Daniel Hoard, whose record is 23-8, pinned Kenny Walsh in the consolation finals at 132.
The Eagles had three fourth-place finishers. Wyatt Linder, 15-7 at 106, lost 5-3 to Roane’s Colton Sanders of Roane in the consolation finals. Also in that round, Gavin Triplett, 120, lost an overtime match to Hunter Moore of Wirt. Triplett’s record is 31-11. Braxton’s Justin Hudnall, 17-6 at 285, lost by fall to Jack Sedman of Williamstown.
Braxton wrestlers have only one more regular season competition. They will wrestle in the Grafton Duals Tournament on Saturday. The following week, they will travel to Frankfort for the regional competition, which will be followed by the state tournament a week later, according to coach Sterling Beane.

Eagles’ varsity boys go 1-1 on week

The Eagles began last week with a 73-59 win over Ritchie Tuesday night. Friday saw Webster edging Braxton 79-73.
Although Braxton led Ritchie by seven at halftime, Coach Josh Lunceford said his squad “didn’t play very well the first half” and added, “We lacked energy.” He continued to say, “We played much better the second half and led by almost 30 before subbing.” In that second half, the Eagles produced 26 points in the third quarter and added 20 in the fourth.
Braxton’s scoring included three players in double figures. Tayton Stout led with 15 points. Heath Cottrill and Garrett Shingler each added 10. Ritchie’s leading scorer was Larry Farley with 14.
Against Webster, the Eagles took a first-quarter lead, but the Highlanders came back in the second to score 25 points to go up 39-31 at halftime. Braxton outscored their opponents 42-40 in the second half but couldn’t close the scoring gap.
Despite the loss, Coach Lunceford had good things to say about the game. “We played our most complete game of the year against them,” he said. “We were up three with under 1:30 left but made a couple young mistakes. We match up well with Webster size-wise and athletic-wise. It was a tight game the whole way,” he added.
Against Webster, sophomore Cole Browning put in 21 points to lead the Eagles’ scoring. Also in double figures, Stout scored 18 points and Seth Arnold 14. Leading scorer of the game was Webster’s Dalton Gray, who scored 32 points.
Next week the Eagles are scheduled to play Doddridge at home and Gilmer on the road.

JV girls win two of three

After losing to Lewis County Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles’ jv squad bounced back to score wins over Gilmer and Ritchie later in the week
Describing Lewis’ 40-27 win over his team, Coach Jerry Frame mentioned that his players “were only 5 for 12 in free throws.” The game was close until the last quarter, but Lewis pulled away in the fourth. Coach Frame also noted a lack of aggression from the Braxton girls and attributed it in part to the fact that it had been almost a week since they had played.
At Gilmer Thursday night, the young Lady Eagles “played much better and were much more aggressive,” the coach said. Against Gilmer, Allie Conley led the scoring with 16 points. Although his team defeated Gilmer 44-35, Coach Frame was still dissatisfied with the performance at the line. The Lady Eagles shot 7 for 20 at the foul line in that game.
In the 43-10 win over Ritchie’s junior varsity Saturday, Lilly Ware led the scoring with 14 points. Pleased with his team’s efforts, Coach Frame said, “The girls played very well. They were more physical and aggressive, especially on defense.”
This week, Braxton traveled to Doddridge last night. They have no other game this week unless the team the varsity girls play in LKC Consolations has a junior varsity squad. Those games will be Thursday night.

Youth wrestlers compete in tournament

Thirty-two boys from Braxton County Youth Wrestling traveled to Nicholas County on Sunday, February 7, to participate in the North Regional Coalfield Conference Tournament. Boys placing in the top eight in each age and weight division will advance onto the Coalfield Conference Championship held next Saturday, February 13, at the Nicholas County Armory. For more pictures and information, visit us on Facebook at Braxton County Youth Wrestling.

Those placing 1st through 8th place include:
Eli Moore- age 7-9, 85lbs, 1st place
Colton Moore- age 10-12, 130lbs, 1st place
Tyler Cox-age 10-12, 85lbs, 1st place
Holden Lloyd- 6 and under, 35lbs, 1st place
Hunter Smith-6 and under, 55lbs, 1st place
Bryson Spell- age 10-12, 105lbs, 1st place
Noah Casto-age 10-12, 115lbs, 1st place
Paxton Smith-age 7-9, 55lbs, 1st place
Jackson Davis-age 10-12, 90lbs, 2nd place
Braydn Morris-age 7-9, 50lbs, 2nd place
Ryder McLaughlin-age 10-12, 90lbs, 2nd place
Kingston Digman-6 and under, UNL, 2nd place
Logan Bennett-age 10-12, 80lbs, 2nd place
Ethan Campbell-age 7-9, 80lbs, 2nd place
Blayne Jarvis-age 10-12, 70lbs, 3rd place
Noah McQuain-age 7-9, 70lbs, 3rd place
Josh Anderson-age 6 and under, 45lbs, 3rd place
Isaiah McQuain- age 10-12, 63lbs, 4th place
Decklin Meadows-age 6 and under, 45lbs 4th place
Landon Mays-age 6 and under, 50lbs, 5th place
Gabe McQuain- age 6 and under, 45lbs, 5th place
Ethan Wilfong-age 7-9, 54lbs, 5th place
Callen Meadows-age 6 and under, 40lbs, 7th place
Aaron Anderson-6 and under, 70lbs, 8th place



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