Prep Basketball

Tuscola clips ‘Bluebirds’ wings — twice

By Dennis Smathers | Jan 08, 2017
Photo by: Diana Gates Tuscola’s Mariah Huskey drives to the hoop.

The Tuscola varsity girls and boys basketball teams swept West Henderson Tuesday night in the WNC Athletic Conference play in the Mountaineers’ gym.
In the JV contest, the junior Mountaineers hit a last second shot to score a 49-47 victory.
Ann Gardner’s girls started 2017 with a 53-46 victory over West Henderson.  While the game was relatively close throughout, the Mountaineers were in control the entire four quarters.
Sophomores Shelby Glance (9 rebounds) and Cierra Jackson led the Mountaineers with 17 and 15 points, respectively, while junior Faith Robinson (5 rebounds) pumped in seven points, Ashlynd Young-Scavatto chipped in five and more importantly pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots.
The Falcons were led in scoring by Jaia Wilson, who dumped in a game-high 18, while Izzy Bell had 15 and Gweneth Ball scored 10.
The victory improved the Tuscola girls to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the WNCAC, while West slumped to 2-9 and remained winless in conference play at 0-5.
Tuscola hosts East Henderson tonight.

Varsity Boys
Tuscola 71, West Henderson 54

The West Henderson varsity boys basketball team was determined to not let Tuscola’s super sophomore Landon Henley beat them. So, they marked him with three Falcons inside the paint.
However, West Henderson forgot about senior sharp-shooting guard  Anthony Westhusing, who lit up the Falcons for a game-high 29 points and carried the Mountaineers to a 71-56.
Henley, who was averaging nearly 20 points per game, was held to a season-low nine points.
Westhusing picked up the slack, scoring 18 of his 29 points in the second half.
Other Mountaineers in the scoring column were Grayson Perkins (9 points), Lane Kervin (7 points), Brooks Wilson (6 points), Hayden Swanger and Jack Sutton contributing four points each, while Jarred Swanger finished with three.
Tuscola upped their record to 8-6 overall with the victory and 3-2 in WNCAC play, while West fell to 2-11 overall and remain winless in conference play at 0-5.  
The Mountaineers host East Henderson tonight. At halftime of the boys game, Tuscola will honor the 1986-87 boys basketball team.