GRAFTON—Coming off of their win against Lincoln, the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats traveled to Clarksburg last Friday to take on the Liberty Mountaineers.
The JV group was the first to meet up with the Mountaineers and came out well prepared.
The team dominated the court in the first quarter of action, allowing very few open looks for Liberty, giving themselves a 13 point lead to start the second.
As play continued, Grafton kept up the pace, and worked to build their momentum before halftime, penetrating the Liberty defense and connecting with the bottom of the net to take a 39-15 advantage going into the break .
The second half would see much of the same as the Bearcats continued to be in sync, communicating on defense and driving into the paint for some easy buckets.
By the end of the third, Grafton had battled their way to a comfortable 30-point lead, ultimately sealing the fate of the game.
Ending the competition with the 65-34 victory, the Cats combined for a total of 13 three-pointers on the night, with all 12 of the players on their roster contributing at least one basket.
Leading the scoring efforts for the JV Bearcats was Cayden Boylen with 12, all of which came from the three point range.
Freshman Isaac Lough contributed nine points, and Jacob Maier added eight, while Bearcats Harrison Maier and James Helmendollar each earned seven.
Also in the scoring column were, Cyrus Hake (6), Matt Helmendoller (4), Isaiah Vanscoy (4), Bryson Bish (3), Aiden Hartley (2), Mason Dunham (2) and Garrett Hutson (2).
The varsity squad also had an impressive showing against Liberty, like their younger counterparts, taking the early lead and never allowing the Mountaineers to get within striking distance.
The Cats, led by head coach Mike Johnson, jumped out to an early 16-2 lead, keeping Liberty off the glass, and controlling the game offensively.
Going into halftime, it was all Bearcats with the score sitting at 34-11.
The offensive success for Grafton carried on throughout the remainder of the action, as did their ability to make big defensive stops.
At the conclusion of the third quarter, the Bearcats were ahead by 30 points, and would go on to end the game by 30, with a final score of 60-30.
Leading the team in scoring with 23 points was GHS standout Blake Moore. On the night, Moore recorded six made field goals, one three-point basket and went two for two at the free throw line.
Bearcat Kaden Delaney assisted his team with 11 points, while Justin Spiker tallied nine and Tanner Moats recorded six.
Also sinking valuable buckets for Grafton were JT Veltri (5), Harrison Maier (3) and Jacob Maier (3).
The #8 AAA Grafton Bearcats (11-3) were back home on Monday hosting the #12 AAAA Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers (10-4). Results from that matchup will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.