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Summersville boys win CVB Holiday

Tournament; Nicholas MVP

The Summersville Middle School Bears basketball team won the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Holiday Tournament played Monday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Nicholas County High School gymnasium.

Summersville edged Ansted 33-31 in the championship game on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27.

The Summersville Middle School Bears, champions of the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau Holiday Tournament.

In the consolation game for third place, Fayetteville defeated Gilmer County 37-30.

Semifinal round games on Monday saw Summersville whip Fayetteville 71-19 and Ansted win over Gilmer County 40-27.

The first game on Monday afternoon was a boys junior varsity contest in which the Summersville jayvees defeated the Richwood jayvees 42-14.

Championship game
Summersville 33
Ansted 31

A last-second shot by Rylee Nicholas gave the Bears a 33-31 victory over the Ansted Trailblazers.

Both teams started strong with the Bears leading 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The scoring pace slowed in the second quarter, but the Bears still held the upper hand 9-5 to lead 22-15 at halftime.

The third quarter was defense oriented, and the visitors doubled up on the Bears 6-3 to slice the lead to 25-21 with one quarter remaining.

Ansted continued to cut into the lead and deadlocked the score 31-31 with less than one minute remaining in the contest. A shot from just beyond the foul line at the buzzer by Rylee Nicholas gave the win to the Bears.

Nicholas led all scorers in the contest with 18 points, including three-3-pointers. Camden Lawrence had 8 points and Ethan Board 4, including one 3-pointer. Jordan McKinney added 2 points and John Hickman 1.

SMS was 7 of 14 from the free-throw line.




Lady Jacks down Webster, will visit

Tygarts Valley in WVHIT opener

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

After starting the season with five straight losses, the Richwood Lady Jacks have now won two in a row.

Richwood’s Amelia Bard fights for the ball during the Lady Jacks’ win over Webster County.

Richwood, in its lone game last week, went on the road on Jan. 3 and defeated Webster County 63-41.

A home game scheduled for Jan. 5 against Meadow Bridge was postponed because of weather conditions and tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 16.

Meanwhile, the Lady Jacks will play at Tygarts Valley this Friday, Jan. 13, in the opening round of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Richwood is seeded ninth in the tournament, Tygarts Valley eighth.

The Lady Jacks are scheduled to host top-seeded Summers County in a second-round WVHIT game on Jan. 18 before entertaining Midland Trail at the Red Gym on Jan. 19.

A home game with Greenbrier West, originally scheduled for Jan. 17, was moved earlier to Feb. 13.

RHS first-year coach Codey Horton said his team was improving.

“They’re starting to believe in me, and they’re running their plays,” he said. “They’re taking their time and not rushing things. They’re being patient and taking good shots.




NCHS boys lose at Roane County

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys basketball team saw their record fall to 2-6 on the season with a 77-71 loss to the Roane County Raiders on Wednesday evening, Jan. 3, at Spencer.

The Grizzlies had defeated Roane County last month in a tournament at Glenville State College for one of their two victories on the season.

NCHS played pretty well the first quarter and led 17-14.

The Grizzly scoring pace slowed somewhat in the second quarter while the Raiders picked up the tempo with a 19-15 margin to take a 33-32 halftime lead.

The third quarter was a near-replay of the second quarter with the home team having the upper hand 18-14 to extend the lead to 51-46.

Both teams had their best offensive output in the fourth quarter when they exchanged baskets, but the narrow 26-25 advantage by the home team made the final difference six points.

The Grizzlies placed three players in double figures including Luke LeRose with 17 points and Jacob Grose and Nick Nutter with 16 each.

Jerry Fleshman and Tanner Huffman each had six points and Dom LeRose 5. Isaac Sergeon had 3 points and Jake Hamilton 2. Sergeon and Dom LeRose each had a three-pointer.




Lumberjacks drop 71-57 decision at Pocahontas County

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle
The Richwood Lumberjacks dropped to 2-4 on the season with a 71-57 loss at Pocahontas County last Wednesday night, Jan. 4.

Richwood’s scheduled game at South Harrison last Friday night, Jan. 6, was postponed because of weather conditions and rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 16, with tipoff set for 4 p.m. Students will not be in class on Jan. 16 because of the Martin Luther King holiday.

The Lumberjacks were scheduled to host Nicholas County on Wednesday night, Jan. 11, and Fayetteville on Friday night, Jan. 13.

After visiting South Harrison, Richwood will play at Valley Fayette on Jan. 18. The Jacks will then be idle for a week before returning home to take on Pocahontas County in a rematch on Jan. 25.

In last Wednesday’s game, Pocahontas County, coached by Richwood native Tim McClung, jumped out to a 16-9 first-quarter lead and extended the margin to 37-28 at halftime.

The Warriors, winning for the sixth time in seven starts, led 52-42 after three quarters before enjoying a 19-15 advantage in the final eight minutes.

Shane Lipps led Richwood with 21 points, including five three-pointers.

Luca Gerke was right behind with 20 points and four threes.

The Lumberjacks also got 5 points from Julian Carmona, 4 from Brandon Amick, a three-pointer from Justin Ritchie and 2 points each from Joe Kidwell and Michael McGee.




SMS Lady Bears go 0-2 in CVB Holiday Tournament

The Summersville Middle School Lady Bears varsity basketball team lost both games played in the middle school girls division of the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Holiday Tournament played Monday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Nicholas County High School gymnasium.

SMS lost 42-19 to strong Fayetteville on Monday evening in the semifinal round and then were defeated 27-21 by Ansted in the consolation game for third place on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27.

SMS fell to 2-6 on the season.

In the other semifinal game on Monday afternoon, Gilmer County won over Ansted 40-17.
Fayetteville went on to defeat Gilmer County 43-24 in the championship game on Tuesday afternoon.

SMS will play at Park on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m.; and host Webster County on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m.

Semifinal round
Fayetteville 42
Summersville 17

Fayetteville showed why they are perhaps the best middle school girls team in the area in their 25-point victory over the Lady Bears.

The visitors raced to a 25-5 first-quarter lead and were never threatened by Summersville.

SMS played much better defensively in the second quarter and managed to stay with Fayetteville, being outscored by just 6-5 to trail 31-10 at halftime.

Summersville was cold in their shooting in the third quarter, scoring just 2 points, while Fayetteville reached double figures again with 10 to extend the lead to 41-12.

The Lady Bears had their best offensive output in the fourth quarter with 7 points while limiting the visitors to one to cut the final deficit to 25.

Carmen Spencer had 7 points and Shyteesha Crites 5 for Summersville. Gabby Smith added 3 points with 2 apiece from Tommie Cole and Taylor Winebrenner.

Spencer, Smith and Crites each had a three-pointer.

SMS was 2 of 12 from the free-throw line.

Winebrenneer had 9 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.