A refusal to lose on senior night was motivation enough for the Yellow Jackets to rally for a 42-36 victory as Moorefield Girls Basketball evicted the Campers from the Hive on Thursday.
“These seniors have worked hard for four years, every one of them. Everybody on the team comes to practice and have put their time into this program. I am very proud of them. When we got down a little bit, they fought back even after having played such a physical game last night at Tucker County. To come back and play this way in back-to-back games like this is something you have to do at this point in the season, especially in the postseason in order to advance and it’s good to prepare for that,” Moorefield coach Paul Keplinger remarked.
“We put the ball in Lindsey’s hands and she took it to the hole making foul shots for us in the end. We put a diamond-and-one on them and it caught them off-guard.”
Moorefield senior Gianna Fair started the game with a blocked shot, then fellow senior Isabelle Nesbit collected an offensive rebound before the ball was stolen by Allegany’s Katie Sterne.
Lindsey Rinker, a senior, made a steal for the Yellow Jackets and the ensuing shot hit the rim and Kelsey O’Neall grabbed the board for the Campers.
A trap was set and Moorefield senior Anna Riggleman created a steal and assisted fellow senior Madison McGregor on a basket at 6:02 for the initial lead.
Nesbit snatched a defensive rebound and passed to Rinker, who found McGregor for a jumper at 5:33, 4-0.
Allegany scored the next six points over three minutes and change for the lead.
The Campers scored their first field goal on the following possession at 5:17 as Sterne connected in the paint.
The Yellow Jackets lost the ball out of bounds, then Allegany’s Kelsey O’Neal drew a foul and made two free throws to tie the game at the 4:38 mark.
Both teams combined to miss eight field goals over a two minute span, then a steal and score by O’Neal put the Campers ahead 6-4 with 2:04 remaining in the first period.
Moorefield responded with an old-fashioned three-point play by Rinker to regain the lead 7-6 at 1:41.
Cherish Moore blocked a shot for the Yellow Jackets, but Allegany’s Sterne recovered the ball and drew a foul leading to a pair of foul shots to swap the lead at 1:26.
O’Neal stole the ball and the ensuing shot hit the rim, but Faith Stevenson hauled in the carom for the Campers before O’Neal knocked down a 3-pointer for an 11-7 edge.
O’Neal swiped the ball to commence the second period and dished to Sterne for a Campers bucket at 7:42.
Allegany’s Rachel Bush created a turnover and Rinker tied up O’Neal for a jump ball back to the Campers.
Moorefield’s Lexi Gilhuys made a