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Braxton Eagles defeat Liberty of Harrison in first game of season

Braxton’s varsity boys began the season with a 65-63 win over Liberty of Harrison. Eagles’ coach Josh Lunceford gave a short rundown leading up to the winning basket.
“We led the whole game until about 30 seconds left, when they went up by one. I called time out and told our boys to be patient. Then, with about 10 seconds left, Josh Skidmore had an open shot from the top of the key. He hit a three to put us up by one. They started up the floor but we forced them out of bounds, the ball was ours, and we had a win.” Josh Skidmore led the Eagles with 28 points on the night.
Coach Lunceford explained that Braxton “pressed hard in the first half” and forced Liberty to commit several turnovers. The Eagles committed 17 turnovers while forcing Liberty to 27, a key factor in the game. One observation that Lunceford made what that he “had four kids dressed from jv” and played one each quarter. He was especially pleased to note that the four “had only one turnover—total.”
As a team the Eagles shot “just under 40 percent from the three-point line” and “about 43 percent from the field. Skidmore, the leading scorer, was 4 for 7 from in 3-point attempts.
The Eagles will host what Coach Lunceford termed “a much improved Calhoun team” Thursday night.


High school jv girls lose close game

In a game in which both teams had somewhat sizable leads at times, Clay’s junior varsity girls edged Braxton’s jv squad 37-34 last week. Clay led through the first half, but Braxton came back in the third quarter to shut out the Lady Panthers 11-0 and take a lead going into the fourth. Then it was Clay’s turn. The Lady Panthers retook the lead. However, Coach Jerry Frame pointed out, Braxton scored seven points in the last three minutes to pull within three points. The game ended in a disappointing loss for Braxton, especially since, as Coach Frame pointed out, the Lady Eagles had a chance for a tie with a last second shot but couldn’t make it.
Coach Frame said that he was “proud of his players because they didn’t give up and managed to pull within three at the end of the game.” However, he noted, Braxton really lost the game at the foul line. “We went to the foul line 33 times and only made 14 of those. That definitely made the difference in the game,” the coach said. The Lady Panthers, who were 7 of 17 at the foul line, didn’t fare any better in free throws, but, as the Braxton coach pointed out, “The Eagles had a lot more opportunities at the foul line than Clay did.”
The jv squad has only one game this week. They played last night at Lincoln.


Knights’ wrestlers win one of two in tri-match last week

The Knights’ matmen defeated Spencer 55-24 but lost 45-39 to Elkview in a three-team match last week.
In the win over Spencer, ten of Coach Steve Beane’s wrestlers won their matches, some by forfeit. Against Elkview, Braxton had seven wins.
Individual results for the match against Spencer:
78: Jake Long – (Bx)won by forfeit
84: Tyee Ellyson (Bx) defeated Mason Hicks (S) 16- 0
90: Wyatt Linder (Bx) defeated Colton Saunders (S) 7- 1
95: Roy Cullen (S) won by forfeit
102: Gavin Triplett (Bx) defeated Gavin Black (S) 15- 0
110: Logan Conley (Bx) pinned Garrett Greathouse (S)
116: Jake Whiting (S) won by forfeit
123: Justin Poletti (Bx) pinned David Rhodes (S)
128: Jamie Green (Bx) pinned Dylan Hammack (S)
135: Quinn Meador (Bx) pinned Sida Miller (S)
145: James McChesney (Bx) won by forfeit
155: Alex Lake (Bx) won by forfeit
190: Kyle Parsons (S) pinned Andrew Westfall (Bx)
275: Egan Hardway (S) won by default over Max Campbell (Bx)
Individual results for the match against Elkview:
78: Teel (Elk) dec Long (Bx) 5-2
84: Holt (Elk) won by forfeit over Ellysody (Bx)
90: Linder (Bxx) dec Dexter (Elk) 7-0
95: Hall (Elk) won by forfeit
102: Triplett (Bx) won by forfeit over Giorandio (Elk)
110: Conley (Bx) won by forfeit over Copenhaver (Elk)
116: Kee (Elk) won by forfeit
123: Palett (Bx) won by forfeit over Livingston (Elk)
128: Green (Bx) won by forfeit over Grayam (Elk)
135: Braxton won by forfeit
145: Truman (Elk) won by forfeit over McChensey (Bx)
155: Lake (Bx) won by forfeit over Spencer (Elk)
171: Ramirez (Elk) won by forfeit
190: Truman (Elk) won by forfeit over Campbell(Bx)
275: Jackson (Elk) won by forfeit over Westfall (Bx)


Clay hands Lady Eagles a loss

Four out of five of Clay County’s players scored in double figures as the Lady Panthers downed the Lady Eagles 70-28 last Wednesday night.
Clay jumped out to a 20-5 first quarter lead and went up 36-9 at halftime. Braxton’s best quarter was the fourth, in which the Lady Eagles came up with 13 points. Head coach Keith Greene commented, “We played hard but just couldn’t get our shots to fall.” Indicative of his statement is the fact that Braxton shot less than 28 % from the floor.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was Tiara Hunter with 8 points. Emily Harper pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the team.
Braxton has two games scheduled this week. Last night they played at Lincoln. Wednesday night they will host Calhoun.

Eagles’ wrestlers win duals tournament

In their first outing of the season, Braxton County High’s wrestlers coasted to first place in the Bill Hutchison Duals Tournament at Richwood last Saturday. Braxton won every match in their pool and then defeated Webster County for the championship.
Braxton’s first match, against a team made up of Greenbrier West B wrestlers along with Lincoln County wrestlers ended in a 69-0 win for the Eagles. Their next win came with a 69-5 score against Richwood, and then they defeated Bluefield 66-12. Those three wins put them up against Webster County for the championship, which the Eagles won by a score of 65-16. Coach Sterling Beane pointed out that the team accomplished this without one of their starters. Caleb Groves was out but should be back this week, the coach noted.
Of his team’s success, Coach Sterling Beane said, “This was a good start for us, and I was glad to see the win but I told the boys that competition will get tougher and tougher.”
This week’s competition will be the Webster Hardwood Duals Tournament Friday and Saturday. Friday will feature a duals tournament, while wrestlers will compete in an open tournament Saturday.


Knight’s middle-school boys’ varsity goes 1-3

The Braxton Knights varsity boys began their season on a positive note with a 48-35 victory at Richwood on Dec. 3. Two games last week, however, ended differently as Summersville downed Braxton 74-18, and Clay outscored the Knights 43-24.
Two players scored in double figures in the win over Richwood. Blake Withrow put in 12 points, and Jeremiah King added 11. In the Summersville game, only four Braxton players scored. In that game, Summersville took a 40-10 lead into halftime, and outscored Braxton 34-8 in the second half. Clay led throughout their win over the Knights later in the week.
The Knights’ varsity travels to Webster tonight. They play at home Thursday.


Middle school jv boys lose first three games

Coach Gary Rexroad’s junior varsity squad has three losses on their records, but the coach saw definite promise in the third of the three games. That game, a 44-43 loss to Clay’s jv team, Coach Rexroad termed “a good game all the way through.” He explained that his young Knights led by 12 at halftime, but added, “The third quarter killed us as they outscored us 17-6.” He mentioned that Clay’s press hurt his team. However, he did feel “the boys stepped up and did much better than they had in the two previous games.”
The first game for the jv Knights on Dec. 3 ended with Richwood’s 34-24 win. In that game, Richwood led by only three, 16-13, at the half, but the coach explained, they took a run in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Summersville’s jv team outscored Braxton 39-20 on Dec. 9. In that game, Summersville led all the way.
The junior varsity team will play at Webster tonight. They will be at home Thursday.








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