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Jacks top Van in HIT following win at Greenbrier West

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood head basketball coach J.B. Miller said Van was a different team than the one that lost to the Lumberjacks 63-46 back on Dec. 15 at the Woodshed.

“They have gotten better,” he said. “Considering how many players they brought (eight), I thought they played good.”

Richwood’s Shane Lipps puts up a shot against the Van Bulldogs during the Lumberjack’s win in the first round of the HIT tournament.

But Richwood still managed to post a double-digit victory last Friday night, Jan. 23, at the Woodshed, defeating the Bulldogs 69-56 in the opening round of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament.

The Lumberjacks (8-3) were scheduled to host Midland Trail on Tuesday night, Jan. 27. They will entertain Doddridge County on Friday night, Jan. 30, in the second round of the HIT.

Richwood is seeded fourth in the 16-team tournament. Doddridge County, seeded fifth, routed Clay-Battelle 65-35 in another HIT opener on Jan. 23.

The Jacks, who won at Greenbrier West 65-43 on Jan. 20, extended their winning streak to five games with the victory over Van (2-8).

And they were short-handed as well. Senior center Ben Beaver missed the game because of a band commitment, and senior forward Braden Johnson saw only limited action after suffering a slight ankle sprain in warmups.

“Not having Braden almost killed us,” Miller said. “He makes a big difference. And Beaver not being here made a difference.

“We’ll take it (the win),” he added. “We played hard, but we made a lot of mistakes.”

John Bard again led Richwood with a game-high 25 points, including a three-pointer and an 11-of-11 performance from the free throw line.

The senior guard raised his average on the season to 20.9 points per game and pushed his career point total to 981.

Levi Mowery added 15 points. The senior guard had a three-pointer and went 8 of 12 from the line. Griffin Snyder finished with 13 points.

“I think Griffin is the key to the whole thing,” Miller said. “The faster he goes, it makes John and the others go.”




Grizzlies dealt fourth straight loss by No. 1 Poca

Although they made a better showing than the first time the two teams played this season, the Nicholas County High School Grizzlies were handed their fourth straight loss by the Poca Dots 67-43 on Tuesday evening, Jan.20, in Poca. Earlier in the season, NCHS lost by 47 points to unbeaten Poca, the statewide No. 1-ranked-Class AA team in the state.

The defeat dropped the Grizzlies to 2-10 on the season.

NCHS will host the Webster County Highlanders on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Grizzly Den and host winless Greenbrier West on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

The Grizzlies stayed within striking distance in the first quarter trailing 16-10.

Poca showed their superiority in the second quarter with a big 20-11 advantage to take a commanding 36-21 halftime lead.

The Dots put it away in the third quarter with another 16-10 bulge to go ahead 52-31 with one quarter remaining.

The Grizzlies had their best offensive output in the fourth quarter with 12 points, but the home team stayed consistent with 15 of their own to make the final difference 24.




NCHS Lady Grizzlies top Westside

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly basketball team improved their record to 7-5 on the season with a 45-40 win over the state Class AA defending champion Westside Lady Renegades on Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, at the Grizzly Den.

Lady Grizzly Whitney Robinson takes the ball to the basket during the win over Westside.

A scheduled game at PikeView on Friday evening, Jan. 23, was postponed because of weather. NCHS will play at Princeton on Friday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. and play Herbert Hoover at Falling Rock on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

Strong play in the second and third quarters lifted the Lady Grizzlies to the victory.

The two teams traded points in the first quarter, which ended with the visitors ahead 10-9.

NCHS played better defensively in the second quarter limiting the Lady Renegades to 7 points while scoring 12 of their own to take a 21-17 halftime lead.

The third quarter was similar to the second quarter with NCHS limiting the visitors to single digits at 9 points and adding 12 to extend the lead to 33-26 heading into the fourth period.

Westside had its best offensive output of the game in the final quarter with 14 points, but the Lady Grizzlies stayed consistent with their third straight 12 point period to hang onto the five-point win.

Sophomore Zoe Spencer led a balanced NCHS scoring attack with 12 points on four three-pointers. Mykenzie Martin and Whitney Robinson each had nine points with Robinson hitting a three-pointer.




Lady Jacks record back-to-back road wins

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood Lady Jacks doubled their win total on the season with a pair of road victories last week.

The Lady Jacks defeated Greenbrier West 65-60 on Jan. 19 before downing Midland Trail 65-59 on Jan. 22.

Richwood had lost to both teams at home in December.

The Lady Jacks (4-10) were scheduled to host Meadow Bridge on Jan. 26 and Fayetteville on Jan. 28 before traveling to Cameron for the finals of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament this Saturday, Jan. 31.

They will then host Valley Fayette on Feb. 4 before traveling to Fayetteville on Feb. 6.

Richwood 65
Greenbrier West 60

The Lady Jacks overcame a 31-23 halftime deficit for the win.

Katie Mullins scored a game-high 27 points to lead Richwood.

Erica Lawrence had 15 points and 19 rebounds. Megan Chambers hit 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch and finished with 12 points.

The Lady Jacks also got 7 points from Madison Campbell and 2 each from Demi Smallwood and Amelia Bard.

Amber Nutter led Greenbrier West with 22 points.

“We played better defense and cut down on turnovers,” RHS coach Jeff Chambers said.

“We won it on defense.”




NCHS wrestlers 8th in Braxton County

Invitational; Hall wins first place

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly wrestling team competed in the Braxton County Invitational at the Braxton County Armory on Jan. 17 and 18.

NCHS scored 80 points and finished in 8th place overall in the field of 19 teams.

The Grizzlies had one champion with Thorton Hall going 3–0 and winning the heavyweight class. Hall pinned Scott Ledbetter of Berkeley Springs in the championship match.

Other place winners were Matt Moore 4–1 and third place in the 145-pound class, Josh Jarvis 2–2 and fourth place in the 220-pound class,  Austin Dawson 3–2 and fourth place in the heavyweight class and Cameron Crislip 3–3 and sixth place in the 132-pound class.  

Independence took the team tittle with 291.5 points. Greenbrier West was runner-up with 221.5 points followed by Braxton County with 169.5, Calhoun County 129, Clay County 123, Berkeley Springs 107 and Petersburg 93.

Finishing behind the  Grizzlies were Herbert Hoover with 77.5 points, Sissonville 64, Webster County 58.5, Philip Barbour 55.5, Grafton 44, Liberty Raleigh 42, Richwood 34, Fayetteville 32, Moorefield 18, Liberty Harrison 8 and South Charleston 2.

NCHS will wrestle in the Beckley Newspapers Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at Shady Spring High School.