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Eagles win Calhoun wrestling tournament
With four individual champions and three runners-up, the Eagles finished first in the Calhoun County Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Braxton garnered 165 points for the championship. Calhoun, at 152.50 points placed second, and Morgantown, with 123.50 points, was third. Ten teams competed in the tournament.
Braxton’s champions were Gage Vincent (106), Daniel Hoard (138), Caleb Whitney (145), and Levi Jarvis (170). Vincent pinned Michael Neal of Webster for the championship. Hoard also won by pinning his opponent, Sissonville’s Danny Harper. Whitney scored a 3-0 decision over Sam Kelly of Webster, and Jarvis decisioned Austin Cook of Sissonville 6-5.
Lady Eagles beat Doddridge, lose to Gilmer and Ritchie
Following a 55-46 win over Doddridge early last week, the Lady Eagles lost to both Gilmer and Ritchie in later games.
Speaking of the win, Coach Keith Greene said his team “played a really good game” and pointed out that several people had contributed to the final score. “Scoring was pretty even,” he noted.
In the win against Doddridge, two players scored in double figures. Logan Frame led with 13 points, and Tiara Hunter scored 12. Kate Golinsky pulled down six rebounds and recorded five steals to lead in both those areas.
Lady Eagles score three victories against one loss
With four games in five days last week, Braxton’s varsity girls went 3-1. The Lady Eagles had wins over Lewis, South Harrison, and Calhoun. They lost to Roane. Head coach Keith Greene, commenting on the busy week, said, “Monday we played Lewis who beat us earlier in the year by 20 to win in an exciting game by two. It was a very busy week, and I’m proud of the team and all they had to do this week.”
In Monday’s 57-55 win over Lewis, the Eagles led by three at halftime and advanced their lead to six by the end of the third quarter. Although Lewis outscored Braxton 17-13 in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles held on for the two-point win. Two Braxton players scored in double figures against Lewis. Logan Frame led the scoring with 18 points, and Kendra Houghton added 16. Kate Golinsky pulled down 12 rebounds.
Varsity Eagles drop 3 of 3
The Eagles’ varsity squad finished a difficult week with a loss at Ritchie Saturday night. Braxton had lost game earlier in the week to Webster and Calhoun.
Webster’s offense came up with 85 points to down Braxton 85-53 in the Eagles’ first game last week. The Highlanders led 41-25 at halftime and outscored the Eagles 26-10 in the third quarter. From there, they coasted to a victory. Eagles’ head coach Josh Lunceford commented on the loss to Webster. “We got out hustled in all aspects of the game against Webster. They are very athletic and flat-out wanted it more.” Braxton’s top scorers were Josh Skidmore, who had 11 points and Tayton Stout with 10.
Junior varsity Eagles go 1-1 on week
After losing to the Webster Highlanders last Tuesday, Braxton’s junior varsity boys came back to defeat Calhoun’s squad Thursday.
In Tuesday’s game, which Webster won 68-50, the first quarter ended with the Highlanders up by only one point. By halftime, the Eagles trailed by six. Webster used the third quarter to expand the lead and outscored Braxton in the fourth to take the win.
With 16 points, Heath Cottrill led the young Eagles in scoring. Other scoring for Braxton included Garrett Shingler with 6, Jesse White 2, Cole Browning 7, Hunter Drake 3, Ben Fincham 6, Tayton Stout 2, Cooper Brady 3, and Cody Dobbins 5.
Knights’ varsity boys win two, JV beats Calhoun
In what Coach Gary Rexroad termed “a very important game,” the Knights’ varsity defeated Webster 44-40 last week to avenge a one-sided loss to Webster earlier in the season. Braxton also outscored Calhoun 53-28 later in the week.
“It was a good turnaround. Our players stepped up and played well against Webster,” Coach Rexroad said, adding, “It was a very important game. We had to win to stay in second place in our division of the conference.”
The Knights went up 15-2 at the end of the first quarter and led 24-10 at halftime. In the second half, the coach explained, Webster “took over the scoring.” Rexroad added, “We tried to keep the tempo slow, and that kept their scoring down in the first half.”
Gilmer junior varsity girls beat jv Lady Eagles
“We had the lead after the first period,” Coach Jerry Frame said of his team’s game against Gilmer’s jv squad last week, “but they took the lead and held it the rest of the way.” He added, “We didn’t play very well at all.”
Scoring for the young Lady Eagles included Hollis Skidmore with 5 points, Kassi Adams and Nikki Wayne each with 4, Abby Wilmoth and Abby Liston each with 2, Julia Foster 1, Braylee Woods 3, and Kayla Hurst 1.
The jv girls have three games scheduled this week. Last night they traveled to Webster for a junior-varsity only game. They face Clay at the Armory Wednesday and return to Webster Friday.
Lady Knights get two wins
The Lady Knights defeated both Webster and Calhoun last week. In a Tuesday game, Braxton outscored Webster 52-7. Braxton coach David Cook noted, “Everyone got to play in that game.” Leading all scorers, Lillie Ware put in 21 points. Jocelyn Abraham added 8, Mikayla Carr 5, Elainah Uldrich 4, Lacey Liston 2, Bethany Riffle 8, and Elizabeth Dittman 4. Riffle’s total included a 3-point goal.
Friday’s 47-17 win over Calhoun came with the Lady Knights leading the entire game. Two Braxton players scored in double figures against Calhoun. Ware and Carr each had 15 points. Coach Cook mentioned that the Calhoun game was Carr’s best game of the season so far. Other scored included Abraham with 6, Liston with 1, Uldrich 3, and Riffle 7, including another 3-pointer. Riffle has a total of six 3-point goals on the season.
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