CLARKSBURG – The Taylor County Middle School girls basketball team opened their 2018-2019 season last Friday night as they participated in the Mountaineer Middle School basketball tournament.
The girls opened play on Friday night against the Mountain Lions of Mountaineer Middle. The Knights started slow as they could only manage one basket in the first half. The lone basket for the Knights was scored by Leah Jackson. The Lady Knights played solid defense and only found themselves down by 10 going into the locker room at halftime.
First year head coach Robbie Jacobs must have inspired the girls with his halftime speech as they scored 16 points in the second half.
The Knights held the Mountain Lions to just 11 points in the second half but it was not enough as the Knights lose 23 to 18.
Jackson led the Knights with six points in the contest. The remaining TCMS points were scored by Eva Jones (4), Ally Mayle (2), Elizabeth Uhl (2), Tayler Minard (2), Kambree Delaney (1) and Jordan Niggemyer (1).
The Lady Knights returned to Clarksburg on Saturday to play in the consolation game. This time the opponent for the Knights would be South Harrison Middle School.
Both teams started slowly in the first quarter as South Harrison had a 3 to 2 led going into the second quarter. South Harrison would extend the led in the second quarter as they outscored the Knights 12 to 9.
The Knights dominated the third quarter as they poured in 12 points while holding South Harrison scoreless. This would prove to be the difference in the game as the Knights won their first game of the season 32 to 19.
Jackson once again paced the Knights with 13 points followed by Robbi Jacobs with six. The remaining TCMS points came from Delaney (4), Mayle (4), Niggemyer (3) and Jones (2).
With the win the Lady Knights returned to TCMS with a third place finish in the tournament.
The Lady Knights will be back in action tomorrow night as they travel to Westwood. The JV game begins at 6:00 with the varsity game to follow.