The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

January 15, 2014

EFHS girls dominate in 63-33 win over B-U: PHOTOS

PLEASANT VALLEY — Blood poured from her nose and tears streamed down her face as Buckhannon-Upshur’s Megan Wilfong walked slowly to the bench at East Fairmont High School.

The referee called a long timeout for the injury, which appeared to be caused during a battle for a loose rebound. But with the score already 48-11 in the third quarter, it would have been more fitting for the ref to take a page out of boxing’s handbook and call a technical knockout.

The Lady Bees basketball team bullied the Bucs with efficient 3-point shooting and a stout defense during a dominant 63-33 home win, leaving B-U bruised, broken and — yes— even bloodied.

“It’s always physical during conference games,” said sophomore guard Bailey Frederick, who finished with nine points and five assists. “The refs let us play a little bit tonight.”

Last season Buckhannon-Upshur was one of the lower-rung teams in the Big 10 but came up with an upset win over the Bees. From the opening tip, it was evident that this year would be a different story.

The Bees (5-4, 4-3 Big 10) jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 36-11 by halftime. Had the Bees not scored a single point in the second half, they still would have come out on top.

East Fairmont’s lone senior, Mikayla Moore, led the offensive explosion by consistently knocking down corner 3s. Twelve of her team-leading 14 points came from beyond the arc. All this from an athlete who didn’t even play basketball last season.

“Mikayla has to step up and she does,” Frederick said. “She’s just a big part of what we’re trying to do. We definitely need her to accomplish what we want to do.”

While Moore led the team in scoring, contributions came from up and down the bench. Brooklynn Weaver put up 11 points and six rebounds, Felicity VanGilder had nine points and five assists, Peyton Ryan recorded seven points, and Ivy Davis scored six points.

East Fairmont coach James Beckman said the variety of scoring threats shows that his players are finding where they fit in.

“I tell them that when you accept your role, your role expands,” he said. “Right now I have girls that are accepting their roles.”

The lopsided score made for a second half that was little more than a formality. Still, the Bees continued to play with the same intensity, especially defensively. They forced 16 steals in the contest and held the Lady Bucs without a basket for the first five minutes of the second half.

“We work every day defensively,” said Beckman. “We probably spend the majority of our time on defense. No lead is safe if we don’t play defense.”

The way the Bees played defense, the lead was more than safe. They coasted to the easy win.

“I think our chemistry is at an all-time high right now,” Beckman said. “It’s fun to come to work. It’s fun being around these kids. These kids are enjoying each other. And when it’s fun for all of us, we work that much harder.”

The Bees will need that work ethic, as they prepare for a challenging week. East Fairmont is on the road at Robert C. Byrd on Thursday and at defending Class AA state champion Bridgeport on Saturday.

Beckman said a win against RCB would give the program its first “signature win” of the season.

“This is definitely a stepping stone in what we want to do for the program,” said Frederick. “It’s definitely a good win going into the big week. We definitely needed to get the week started the right way.”

Email Mike DeFabo at or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

Text Only
Prep Sports
  • EFHS Softball - CB.jpg East can’t overcome No. 7 Lincoln, falls, 4-0

    Thunder clouds weren’t the only thing looming over the East Fairmont (6-6) softball team Monday when the Lady Bees hosed No. 7 Lincoln. Joining the ominous clouds was a sense of urgency for energy that never showed up as Lincoln was able to shut out East Fairmont, 4-0.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • FSHS #20-UHS  #1, 6-TS.jpg Kesling’s bat powers Polar Bears

    When Fairmont Senior’s Johnny Kesling stepped into the batter’s box this past week, it was game over.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • North Marion’s rally falls short

    North Marion had all the pieces in place for a thrilling come-from-behind victory Saturday afternoon.
    The four runs in the bottom of the seventh. The tying runner on third and the Huskies’ fastest player on second. Even the clear-blue sky on the mid-70s afternoon was the perfect stage for a comeback.

    April 13, 2014

  • TENNIS RACKET POSED -TS.jpg Giorcellis share important piece of tennis tradition

    You always hear the phrase “pass the torch.”
    When those words come into your mind, you generally think of someone older, wiser and more experienced passing something along to someone younger, the next generation.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • NMHS #19- EHS #5-TS copy.jpg Huskies’ sixth-inning comeback falls short

    It ain’t over till it’s over.
    North Marion (3-4) proved that, despite falling to Elkins, 13-8, during its home opener Thursday night from North Marion High School.
    After falling behind, the Huskies proved that you can still take something away from a late-inning rally despite taking home an “L.”

    April 11, 2014 8 Photos

  • Coaches support WVSSAC ruling

    West Virginia educators took a major step toward extending the summer practice period for high school sports earlier this week.
    The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission board of control voted to extend the current three-week window by five weeks.

    April 11, 2014

  • Larry Conaway remembered at invitational

    Current North Marion runners might not have known Larry Conaway personally, but they are certainly still feeling the impact that the longtime track coach had on the program nearly five years after his passing.

    April 11, 2014

  • FSHS #15- UHS #15 -TS.jpg Hawks deal Polar Bears first loss: PHOTOS

    Fairmont Senior baseball coach Steve Naternicola was at a loss for words Wednesday when asked about his Polar Bears’ 6-3 loss to University High School at Mylan Park.
    “We didn’t ... I don’t know what the problem was today. I just don’t know what to say,” he answered. “All the other games we’ve showed up, and today we just ...”

    April 10, 2014 10 Photos

  • EFHS  #13, 5- RCB #12 -ts.jpg East Fairmont jumps on RCB early: PHOTOS

    Bases loaded. Nobody out.
    Both baseball teams found themselves in exactly the same place in their half of the first inning.

    April 9, 2014 6 Photos

  • EFHS #10-RCB #-TS.jpg East, North earn dominant softball victories: PHOTOS

    Tori Postlewait tossed a 2-hitter, as East Fairmont easily defeated Robert C. Byrd 9-0 in a 5-inning mercy-rule victory.

    April 9, 2014 5 Photos

Featured Ads
Prep Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos