Shelby McDaniels scores her 1,000th point of her career on this three-pointer in the fourth quarter of their game with Robert C. Byrd Saturday afternoon. (Lori Woods/My Buckhannon).

Game of the Week: (B-U vs. Robert C. Byrd) McDaniels scores 1,000th point as Lady Bucs trounce Eagles, 44-29

TENNERTON – History was made in the Buckhannon-Upshur-Robert C. Byrd girls’ basketball Saturday afternoon at the high school gym.

Buckhannon-Upshur senior guard Shelby McDaniels needed 20 points to reach that elusive 1,000-point club and she drained a three-pointer with 4:26 left in the game for her 20th point of the game.

Her 20 points helped the Lady Bucs to a convincing 44-29 victory over the Eagles.

She became the third Lady Buc to reach the 1,000 plateau joining Hannah McClung and Tammy Shockey.

“It is hard to put into words as to what it means to be a 1,000-point scorer,” said McDaniels. “I give so much credit to my teammates over the last four years. They have always supported me and pushed me to be the player I can be. I am so blessed to have had such great teammates during my time here.”

McDaniels said she wasn’t aware she hit 1,000 points after making her three-pointer.

B-U head coach Rob Kittle called a time out after the three-pointer and the game was paused momentarily as the announcement was made that she reached the milestone.

“I really wasn’t aware that I could get the 1,000 points today,” McDaniels said. “I just came into this game wanting us to get the win. I had no idea. I was so confused as to why coach Kittle called that time out after I hit the three-pointer. Then I came to the bench and they told me. I was just an amazing feeling.”

“Shelby getting 1,000 points is so well-deserved,” said Kittle. “She is such a hard-working kid. She is in the gym before school putting up shots and the last one to leave the gym. She works so hard and I am so proud of her. You couldn’t ask for a better player to represent Buckhannon-Upshur.”

The eighth-ranked Class AAAA Lady Bucs never trailed in the game.

With the contest being tied at 6-6 late in the first quarter, Kenna Maxwell unleashed a three-pointer and Kyndal Davis scored on an inside basket to treat the Lady Bucs to an 11-6 advantage heading into the second quarter.

The B-U defense limited the Eagles to just one field goal in the second quarter and led 18-8 at the half.

The closest the Eagles could get in the third quarter was nine points as the Lady Bucs extended their lead to 35-19 after a pair of free throws from McDaniels at the end of the stanza.

Robert C. Byrd went on a mini 5-0 run to trim the margin to 35-24 to start the fourth quarter, but B-U answered with a 9-0 run behind lay-ups from Maxwell, Gabby Parke and Kendal Currence with the run being capped off by McDaniels’ three-pointer which gave her the 1,000-point milestone.

That treated the Lady Bucs to a 44-24 advantage.

Robert C. Byrd ended the game on a 5-0 run.

The B-U defense held Robert C. Byrd to just an 11-for-38 shooting night from the floor for 28.9 percent and forced the Eagles into 21 turnovers, just a day after the Eagles pulled off a huge upset at home over No. 2 Class AAA North Marion.

“I thought defensively we played great,” stated Kittle. “We never let Robert C. Byrd settle into anything. They were rushing into a lot of their shots which is what we want our defense to force other teams to do. I just am really happy with our defensive effort then we found a little bit of a grove with our offense in the second half. It is a big win for us heading into Tuesday’s games with University.”

Trailing McDaniels in the scoring column for the Lady Bucs were Maxwell with eight points and Alyssa Abel with six.

Avery Childers led Robert C. Byrd with 10 points.

The Eagles dropped to 7-3 on the season while the Lady Bucs improved to 9-3 on the year.

The Lady Bucs will be back in action on the road Tuesday when they visit the Class AAAA No. 12 University Hawks in a key regional match-up.

The game will tip at 6 p.m.

The boxscore:

Robert C. Byrd 6  2  11  10 – 29

Buckhannon-Upshur 11 7  17  9 – 44

Robert C. Byrd 29

Avery Childers 5-10 0-0 10; Martina Howe 3-9 0-0 9; Jaden Strum 1-6 0-0 3; Cameron Ware 1-1 0-0 3; Carleigh Curotz 0-4 2-2 2; Rhi Haller 1-2 0-0 2; Olivia Lowther 0-5 0-0 0; Holly Hunsaker 0-1 0-0 0; Kyla Sutherlin 0-0 0-0 0; Ava Junkins 0-0 0-0 0; Chandi Currence 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-38 2-2 29.

Buckhannon-Upshur 44

Shelby McDaniels 8-16 2-2 20; Kenna Maxwell 3-9 0-2 8; Alyssa Abel 3-5 0-0 6; Gabby Parke 2-9 0-0 4; Kendal Currence 2-7 0-0 4; Kyndal Davis 1-1 0-0 2; Olivia Ellis 0-2 0-0 0; Brooklyn Smith 0-1 0-0 0; Rosie Shackleford 0-0 0-0 0; Casadie Lahman 0-0 0-0 0; Regina Petrokovich 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-50 2-4 44.

Three-point field goals – Robert C. Byrd: Howe 3-8; Sturm 1-4; Ware 1-1; Lowther 0-4; Childers 0-2; Curotz 0-1. Totals 5-20; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 2-6; Maxwell 2-7; Parke 0-5; Ellis 0-2; Smith 0-1. Totals 4-21.

Rebounds – Robert C. Byrd: Curotz 8; Childers 5; Strum 5; Haller 2; Lowther 1; Howe 1; Hunsaker 1; Junkins 1. Totals 24; Buckhannon-Upshur: Abel 10; McDaniels 6; Maxwell 5; Currence 4; Parke 4; Davis 2; team 2; Smith 1; Lahman 1; deadball 1. Totals 36.

Assists – Robert C. Byrd: Strum 5; Howe 1; Curotz 1; Currence 1. Totals 8; Buckhannon-Upshur: Maxwell 5; McDaniels 2; Currence 1. Totals 8.

Steals – Robert C. Byrd: Childers 2; Lowther 2; Strum 2; Howe 1; Curotz 1; Sutherlin 1. Totals 9; Buckhannon-Upshur: Abel 3;  Maxwell 3; McDaniels 2; Currence 1; Parke 1. Totals 10.

Blocked shots – Robert C. Byrd: Curotz 1. Totals 1; Buckhannon-Upshur: Parke 1; Davis 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – Robert. C. Byrd: 21; Buckhannon-Upshur: 16.

Personal fouls – Robert C. Byrd: 8; Buckhannon-Upshur: 11.

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