From Staff Reports
ROMNEY, W.Va. — Travis Clower scored 27 points, including the 1,000th of his career, and hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds of overtime to lift fifth-ranked Hampshire to a dramatic 73-72 victory over Lewis County on Saturday.
Clower, a junior guard, made 10 field goals, with three being three-pointers, and 4 of 5 free throws for 27 points and also had seven assists and five steals despite missing time in the second half with foul trouble.
Clower began the game with 997 career points and got his 1,000th on a drive to the basket during a 13-point first period.
Ethan Smith scored 20 points, Dane Heavener had 13 and Thomas Llewellyn nine for Hampshire (9-3), which has won four in a row and eight of nine.
Smith also had six rebounds and two blocked shots, and Llewellyn added four steals and three assists.
The strong team attack helped the Trojans overcome a 38-point game by Lewis County’s John Riley. A 6-foot-4 senior, Riley made 13 field goals and 12 of 13 free throws to lead all scorers. He scored 12 points in the first quarter and had 20 after halftime.
Hampshire had two chances to win it in regulation, but missed twice in the final seven seconds and the game headed to overtime tied at 66.
In the overtime, Lewis County (8-4) was up 72-70 with 15.9 seconds left when Hampshire coach Luke Samples called a timeout and designed a play for Clower, hoping to free him up for a three-point shot. Clower worked free at the top of the key and nailed the three, putting Hampshire up 73-72 with nine seconds to go.
Lewis County got up a shot in the final seconds that missed and a tip-in try by Riley also failed to go as time expired.
Clower sat out half of the third quarter and the start of the fourth with four fouls, but still finished with 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Hampshire will host Jefferson on Tuesday.
No. 2 Fort Hill 75
No. 4 Southern 63
OAKLAND — Tyler Michael scored 18 points and led four scorers in double figures as second-ranked Fort Hill rode the balanced scoring attack to a victory over fourth-ranked Southern in an Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference game.
Dalton Gaus added 14, K’Shaun Powell had 12 and David Proietti 10 for the Sentinels (13-4, 6-3), now 7-1 in their last eight games.
Clay Todd had a game-high 23 points and three of Southern’s nine three-point goals. Derek Hinebaugh also had three treys and 11 points, and Travis Newton and Lucas Ritchie 10 points each as the Rams (9-7, 4-4) also had four scorers reach double figures.
Fort Hill led 33-30 at halftime and bumped it up to 54-47 heading into the fourth quarter. Southern sliced it to two points in the fourth, but the Sentinels came up with a steal and layup to get it back to four and were able to extend it the rest of the way.
Southern won the jayvee game 53-33 with Brysen Bernard getting 16 points and Tyler Fazenbaker 15. Ethan York had 12 for Fort Hill.
Fort Hill took the freshman game 50-33. Daniel Hott had 18 points for the Sentinels and Logan Hinebaugh had 13 for the Rams.
Southern will play at Keyser and Fort Hill will visit Northern on Tuesday.
No. 1 Allegany 80
BALTIMORE — Darquel Jessie’s double-double led Allegany to its second win in as many days as the No. 1 Campers throttled Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences Saturday afternoon in Charm City.
Jessie put together 24 points, 14 rebounds and six steals for the Campers (15-1), and Trenton Eirich had a game-high 25 points on eight field goals and 9 of 11 at the line. Bryce Nightengale gave his team 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
MATHS hung around during the first quarter, but Allegany began to march away in the second to turn a 17-13 score into a 40-25 lead at halftime. The Campers led 60-35 after three.
Colton Sivic had 11 points and 11 rebounds to join Jessie with a double-double and Darick Kerns had eight boards and six assists. Eirich added six assists and five rebounds to his 25 points.
Allegany, winners of 12 straight, have a tripleheader at Mountain Ridge on Tuesday.
Paw Paw 55
PAW PAW, W.Va. — Paw Paw held on for dear life and was able to convert enough free throws during the final quarter to slip past HOPE for Hyndman Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates led 43-31 after three quarters, but the Hornets put up a furious fight during the fourth to draw to within striking distance. Forced to hold the lead at the foul line, Paw Paw made less than 50 percent of its free throws (10-for-24) during the fourth, but it was enough to hold on for the win.
Robbie Mills had 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks as Paw Paw’s foundation, and Josh Newlon had 17 with eight rebounds. River Weese had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets received 16 points from Seth Cook and 15 from Jordan Hiquet. Josh Hiquet scored 12.
Hunter Scaife led the Hyndman jayvee team to a 37-32 win by scoring 20 points.
Hyndman goes again Monday when it hosts Rockwood and Paw Paw is at Hancock the same night.
Meadow Bridge 66
MEADOW BRIDGE, W.Va. — Meadow Bridge scored more points in the first quarter than Union managed all day as the Wildcats defeated the Tigers Saturday afternoon between the West Virginia Class A schools.
The Wildcats erupted for 28 points in the first eight minutes and held the Tigers to two points for a 26-point lead. The lead grew to 36 (43-7) at halftime and to 56-17 after three.
Pomery and Walker led Meadow Bridge with 11 points each.
Union was led by Travis Murphy’s 14 rebounds and seven points.
The Tigers (4-11) are at Calvary on Monday.
Tucker County 60
HAMBLETON, W.Va. — Ian Nichols poured in 26 points to help power Tucker County past visiting Southern.
Nichols hit 11 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws for the Mountain Lions (10-2), No. 6 in the West Virginia Class A state poll.
Tucker led by just a point, 11-10 after one quarter but opened up a 30-20 lead at the half. It was 41-26 entering the fourth.
Clay Todd scored 23 points for Southern, which had a subpar offensive night. The 41 points were a season low.
Southern won the jayvee game in overtime 62-58. Brent Gebhardt had 19 points and Tyler Fazenbaker 15 in the win. Marcus Mason had 14 for Tucker.
Mountain Ridge 29
CUMBERLAND — The Allegany freshman put on an impressive scoring display Saturday when all Campers scored during a 51-point win over Mountain Ridge.
Three players were in double figures led by Tristan Gibbs with 13, Logan Milburn with 12 and Triston Eirich finished with 11. Sean Rhodes recorded nine points, while Jaden Jessie and Tyrae Barmore had seven apiece.
McElhenny scored a game-high 15 points for Mountain Ridge.
The school will play again as the opening third of a tripleheader at Mountain Ridge on Tuesday, at 5 p.m.