Braxton places third in Webster County Hardwood Duals
In the two-day Webster County High wrestling competition, the Eagles finished third out of 12 teams in the Hardwood Duals on Friday.
In Saturday’s competition, an open tournament, team scores were not kept. Six Braxton grapplers placed in that tournament.
In the duals tournament Friday, the 12 teams were divided into three pools. The Eagles won their pool after defeating Midland Trail 51-24, Philip Barbour 48-36, and Richwood 57-17. Wrestling for the overall championship, Braxton first faced Webster, another pool champion.
The Highlanders outscored the Eagles 46-30. Next came a bout against Independence, runner up in AA schools in the state last year with all but one of its wrestlers returning. Independence defeated Braxton 75-6.
Coach Beane pointed out that, of the six who placed Saturday, four are either ninth or tenth graders. “We’re relatively young this year,” the coach said. “However,” he added, “they’re working hard and overall doing pretty good.”
Braxton’s next competition comes Saturday when the Eagles travel to Richwood to wrestle in the Russ Ward Invitational.
Turnovers cause problems for Lady Knights
“We didn’t play well in either game,” Coach Randall Butcher said of the Lady Knights’ two losses last week. “We were plagued with turnovers in both games,” he added.
Summersville outscored Braxton 27-12 in their first game of the week, and Clay handed the Lady Knights a 48-19 defeat later in the week.
In the loss to Summersville the Lady Knights committed 34 turnovers. “We couldn’t seem to protect the ball at all,” Coach Brown commented. “We have to remember, though, that this team has only one returning varsity player, so they are pretty inexperienced. Of course, we’re only three games in so we can definitely improve. However, we need to get it together quickly,” he added.
Scoring for Braxton in that game included Charley McMillion with 6 points, Bethany Riffle with 4, and Abby Wilmoth 2.
Against Clay, the Lady Knights’ turnovers increased to 51. “We gave them that game,” Coach Brown said of this loss. For the Knights, Lilly Marks scored 8 points. McMillion and Riffle each added 4, and Nikki Wayne had 3.
Coach Brown attributed the loss to Clay in part to Clay’s aggressive defense. “They came out with full-court pressure,” he said, “and I think that intimidated our girls.”
Tonight the Knights travel to Calhoun, and Thursday they will play at Spencer.
BCHS Eagles go 1-1 for week
After opening at home with a 50-35 victory over Liberty last Wednesday night, the Eagles fell to Lincoln by a score of 64-23 later in the week.
Cody Hilton put in 21 points to pace Braxton’s win over Liberty. Hilton, who, according to Coach Josh Lunceford, played “only about two and a half quarters, was 6 for 6 at the line and shot 7 for 9 from the field. As a team, the Eagles shot 79 percent from the foul line, and Coach Lunceford commented, “That kind of shooting from the line pretty much gave us the win.” Looking at the lopsided loss to Lincoln later in the week, the Eagles’ mentor said, “Our players seemed nervous, even though most of them had varsity playing time last season.” He added, “They also didn’t shoot well. Braxton only went to the foul line twice and missed both of those shots.” Lincoln was 18 for 22 at the line.
This week Braxton will be on the road for both games. Wednesday the Eagles travel to Lewis and Friday they go to Calhoun for their first conference game of the season and the last game until after Christmas break.
First-game jitters contribute to Knights’ loss
Summersville Middle School defeated the Knights 40-29 in Braxton’s first game of the season.
Knights’ coach Gary Rexroad commented that he felt part of his team’s problem was nervousness since it was their first game. “Summersville had already played two games, so they weren’t having that problem,” the coach said.
Coach Rexroad did say the game “was closer than the score indicated” and went on to explain that the Knights were down by only two at halftime. “Then Summersville took off in the third quarter to outscore us 12-6 and went on from there,” he said.
The coach also indicated that part of his squad’s loss could be attributed to their foul shooting. “Five for 13 at the foul line definitely hurt us,” he said.
Summersville’s junior varsity won 47-33 over Braxton’s jv. Coach Rexroad reported that one of Summersville’s jv players scored 15 points and said, “Overall their junior varsity was bigger than their varsity.”
In that game the junior varsity Knights were up 24-21 at halftime.
However, they came out to score only two points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth. Summersville scored 12 points in the third and 14 in the fourth to take the win.
This week began with what Coach Rexroad expected to be “a tough game” at Clay last night. Tonight, the Knights will be home against Walton, but they are on the road again Thursday.
Middle school wrestlers take second in quad
With two outings last week, the Knights’ wrestlers finished second in a quad at Weston on Tuesday but did not fare so well at South Morgantown Saturday.
Coach James Acord said of the team’s work at Robert L. Bland, “We did well. The results actually came down to one match, and we lost in the finals to Buckhannon Upshur.” As a result of that match, Buckhannon Upshur outscored the Knights 46-42 to place first. The other teams in the quad were Mountaineer Middle and host Robert L. Bland.
Saturday’s event at South Morgantown Middle School did not go as well for the Knights. Coach Acord explained, “Technically, Braxton finished fifth out of ten teams, but there was some uncertainty between Bridgeport and Braxton’s wrestling in the finals.”
Continuing, the coach said, “It came down to a 3-way tie for first place in our pool, and it ended in the Knights’ losing by one team point---which kept us out of the finals. Bridgeport beat us in team points 76-75.”
This week, the Knights have only one competition.
They travel to Woodrow Wilson in Beckley on Saturday.
Clay hands Lady Eagles a conference loss
In their only game last week, the Lady Eagles lost 34-57 to Clay’s Lady Panthers. Clay is currently tied with Lincoln for sixth among state AA teams.
Lady Eagles’ coach Keith Greene said his team “played very hard,” and added, “Once again the team did not back down and kept fighting. I’m very proud of this team.”
He did explain one factor in Braxton’s loss. “Turnovers are what hurt us,” he said. Continuing, he explained, “On those turnovers we gave up points in transition.”
Two Braxton players scored in double figures against Clay. Emily Harper contributed 15 points. Harper was 5 for 6 at the foul line and made 5 of 8 from the floor. Kendra Houghton, who was 2 for 3 in three-point attempts, scored 10 points. The only other player to score was Logan Frame with 9 points.
Frame and Harper led the team in rebounds with 5 each. Jazmine Valdivieso recorded 4 assists, and Harper had 4 steals.
Last night the Lady Eagles hosted sixth-place Lincoln.
Tonight they travel to Calhoun, and Thursday they will once again be home---this time against Wirt.
Junior varsity Lady Knights drop two
Summersville’s jv team defeated the Lady Knights’ junior varsity 30-21 in the first game of the week. For Braxton Elaniah Uldrich, Nicole Cline, and Emily Miller each scored 6 points. Haley McCumbers added 3.
Clay’s junior varsity outscored Braxton 29-22. Regarding this game, Coach Brown commented, “We almost had that game won.” Against Clay, Cline scored 8 points, Uldrich 7, Lacey Liston 3, Makayla Brown 2, and Emily Miller 2.
Five Redskins players participate in LKC game
Jesse Flint, William Forbush, Drew Pritt, Beau Liston and Isaiah Mowery were selected to play in the LKC B-Team All-Star Game held in Sistersville, WV on November 2, 2013.
They were teamed with players from Calhoun County, Gilmer County, Wirt County, Clay County and Roane County.
The team competed against players from St. Marys, Williamstown, Doddridge County, Ritchie County, Tyler County and Frontier Ohio.