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Nicholas County boys still winless after 0-3 week

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys basketball team lost all three games played last week to fall to 0-7 on the season.

David Cooney photo
NCHS senior Jordan McKinney handles the ball for the Grizzlies against Oak Hill.

NCHS fell in overtime 87-75 to Greenbrier West on Monday evening, March 29, at Charmco; were crushed 97-63 by Pikeview on Wednesday evening, March 31, at Gardner; and lost 63-36 at home to Oak Hill Thursday evening, April 1.

NCHS will play at Herbert Hoover on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Elkview Middle School; host Midland Trail on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m.; host Sissonville on Monday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m.; play at Shady Spring on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m.; and host Shady Spring on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Greenbrier West 87 | Nicholas County 75 (overtime)

The Grizzlies nearly got their first victory before falling in overtime to Greenbrier West.

NCHS fell behind 22-17 at the end of the first quarter.

The two teams played evenly in the second quarter, with both scoring 16 to make it 38-33 at halftime.

The third quarter saw the two teams trade points with each tallying 22 to put the score at 60-55.

Nicholas County came back in the fourth quarter with strong defensive play and used an 18-13 advantage to knot the score 73-all and force overtime.

The Cavaliers controlled the overtime period 14-2 to pull away to the 12-point victory.

Rylee Nicholas poured in 30 points for the Grizzlies. Also in double figures for NCHS were Colby Pishner with 18 points and Ryan Keener 14.

Also scoring were D.J. Coomes with 9 points and Jordan McKinney and Bryson Phipps 2 apiece.

Nicholas had 4 three-pointers and Pishner 1 trey.

Nicholas and Coomes each had 6 rebounds and Pishner had 4 assists.

NCHS was 14 of 24 from the free throw line.

For Greenbrier West, Kaiden Pack scored 26 points, Kadin Parker 20 and Chasse Boggs 13.

NCHS 17 16 22 16 (2) - 75
GWHS 22 16 22 13 (14) - 87





Richwood boys defeat Pocahontas County

The Richwood High School Lumberjack basketball team won against Pocahontas County High School on March 29 in Pocahontas County 61-51.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Spencer
Richwood’s Nick Bennett plays defense against Pocahontas County.

Cooper Donahue scored 16. Brayden Spencer scored 13. Caleb Jantuah had 11. Camden Lawrence and Nick Bennett both scored seven. Josh Landreth had four points, and Aiden Miller scored three.

The Lumberjacks scored 13 in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 13 in the third and 19 in the fourth quarter.

The team shot 47 percent from the free throw line.

Against Independence Senior on March 31 at Beckley, Richwood lost 70-53.

Cooper Donahue scored 14. Brayden Spencer and Aiden Miller had nine. Camden Lawrence scored seven. Caleb Jantuah and Nick Bennett scored six, and Josh Landreth scored two points.

Richwood was 55 percent with its free throws.

The team scored 18 in the first quarter, 12 in the second, five in the third and 18 in the fourth.





NCHS girls record first victory

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly basketball team went 1-2 last week to fall to 1-5 on the season.

NCHS won 47-22 over Independence on the road on Monday evening, March 29, for their first victory of the season. The Lady Grizzlies were defeated 51-26 by Shady Spring at home on Friday evening, April 2, and lost 50-31 to Herbert Hoover on Saturday afternoon, April 3, at Elkview Middle School.

Nicholas County will play at Braxton County on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m.; host Pikeview on Friday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. and host Sissonville on Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

The Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 tournament begins on Wednesday, April 14.

Nicholas County 47 | Independence 22

A big second half lifted the Grizzlies to the victory over the Lady Patriots in their first win of the season.

NCHS doubled up the home team in the first quarter 8-4.

The two teams played nearly evenly in the second quarter but a narrow 9-8 margin for NCHS gave them a 17-12 halftime lead.

Nicholas County came out hot in the second, dominating both ends of the floor with a big 18-2 run to extend the lead to 35-14.

The Lady Grizzlies again reached double figures in the fourth quarter with 12 points while limiting Independence to 8 and settle for the 25-point victory.

Freshman Alexis O’Dell had a double-double for the Lady Grizzlies with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Gracie Trentham also had 12 points, including 2 three-pointers, and 4 steals.

Mason Stone chipped in 9 points, Kaitlyn McKinney added 8, Kelsi Foster 3, Ruthie Lott 2 and Alyssa Carpenter 1.

NCHS was 5 of 11 from the free throw line.

Alli Hypes and Jenna Harvey each had 7 points for Independence.

NCHS 8 9 18 12 - 47
IHS 4 8 2 8 - 22





Lady Jacks 3-8 after losses

The Richwood Lady Jacks basketball team lost to James Monroe, Pocahontas County and Tygarts Valley.

The contests put Richwood at 3-8 after games against Midland Trail and Liberty Raleigh were cancelled.

James Monroe beat the Lady Jacks 60-32 at Richwood on March 30.

In a closer game, also at home, Richwood fell 36-27 to Pocahontas County on March 31.

Tygarts Valley defeated Richwood 62-41 at Tygarts Valley on April 3.

Varsity plays at home at 5:45 p.m. on April 9 against Montcalm.

JV and varsity are scheduled to play on April 10 in Richwood against Van.

Game times are 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Sectional play starts on April 13, with regionals scheduled for April 21.

The state tournament is scheduled for April 27 through May 1.