GRAFTON—While the Grafton Lady Cats’ basketball team was busy winning their game against South Harrison in Lost Creek on Monday, the Bearcats boys’ team was competing against the Golden Tornado of Keyser at Keyser High School and faring equally as well.
Getting out to quick lead had plagued the Bearcats in their previous three games, but a 19-5 start in this one was just what Grafton needed as they went on to win the contest by the score of 53-39.
“The boys played really well tonight,” said Grafton head coach Michael Johnson. “We put together a game plan and the boys did a great job of executing it. We also got off to a great start which had been a problem for us.”
Another positive for Coach Johnson’s team was that his squad was able to hold Keyser to single digits in scoring (5 and 9 points) in each of the first two quarters, extending their lead to 30-14 at the half.
“The boys did a great job defensively for the first time since we beat Trinity,” noted Johnson about his team’s effort.
Although Keyser outscored Grafton by one in both the third and fourth quarters, the Bearcats had already built a comfortable-enough lead in the first half to cruise to a 14-point win and move to 3-3 on the season.
“To go to Keyser and win like we did says a lot because it’s not an easy place to play,” Johnson added. “Hopefully we can build off of this moving forward.”
Senior Jack Faulker and sophomore Ryan Maier had their usual solid performances, with the former scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the latter scoring nine points. Rounding out the scoring for the Bearcats were Kaden Delaney (6), Matt Gallo (4), Tanner Moats (3), Logan Beltner (2), and Justin Spiker (2). Senior Shawn See led Keyser in scoring with nine points, followed by eight points from sophomore Amare Kennedy.
In JV action, Grafton narrowly defeated Keyser by the score of 47-45. Individual results from that game were not immediately available.
The Bearcats will return to action on Saturday, January 4, when they head to Morgan County in the eastern panhandle to face off against the Berkeley Springs Indians (4-3).
The Indians most recently hosted the Tri-State Shootout at BSHS, going 1-1 with a 66-45 win against Northern Garrett (MD) and a 59-43 loss to Boonsboro (MD) on Saturday.