PRUNTYTOWN— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights basketball program had a busy week this week with no fewer than five games played in seven days.
The COVID pandemic is still wreaking havoc on the sports schedule for the fall and spring sports alike, forcing gameplay at a frenzied pace.
The week began with Varsity Lady Knights taking on the East Preston Lady Eagles on March 18.
The Lady Knights jumped out to an early fifteen-point lead by halftime and never looked back.
As has been the case all year, eighth grade starter Hadley Horne and seventh grader Kenna Keener combined for a total of twenty-six points to easily overcome the Eagles for a 40-12 final score.
Coach Bobby Beltner explained, “These girls are starting to find their own. They are executing the plays with precision and I am happy with the way we are handling the ball right now. We need to work more on our free throws but overall, we had a good night.”
Next up for the Lady Knights would be the East Fairmont Lady Bees. The JV team would drop a heart breaker in overtime to the Bees.
Ashlynne Bolyard fielded a season high 16 points.
The game went the distance with several starters on both sides in foul trouble, as the game came to a close tied at twenty-nine all.
Overtime would see Bees forward Hailey Hauser drop two buckets in a row during the last seconds to give the Bees the overtime win with a final score of 37-35.
“These girls played their hearts out! This was an exciting game, we got in foul trouble early and that happens but some of the girls on the bench really stepped up and kept this game close. I couldn’t be prouder of these girls.” Head coach Kelley Larew asserted.
The Lady Knight Varsity girls would fare much better during their run-in with the Bees.
The game remained close, but never felt out of hand as the varsity kept their wits and came out victorious with a final score of 35-31.
Horne logged another great game with 14 points on the night and Anna Harbison throwing down an additional ten to assist in securing the win.
“This game was way closer than it should have been. We struggled again at the free throw line; we work on it during every practice but we somehow struggle with it during the games. We need to be more consistent from the line,” expressed coach Beltner.
The TCMS Lady Knights will entered play again on March 20 and faced West Preston. The Lady Knights also be celebrated their eighth grade team members immediately following the game. Results from that matchup will appear in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.