Bruce McKean\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nPCHS Varsity, 38\r\nTucker County Varsity, 73\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe Class A #1 (Coaches Poll) Tucker County High School girls basketball squad traveled to Pocahontas County High School January 20 for their second match-up this season.\u00a0 The Mountain Lions handled the Warriors 67-28 in their first encounter at Hambleton\u00a0on December 7.\u00a0 PCHS upped their game by 10 points this time around, and TCHS scored six more points for a 73-38 second Tucker victory.\r\n\r\nTCHS started strong \u00a0on Friday with a 9-0 run to begin the game, and PCHS ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to reduce Tucker\u2019s lead to 14-9.\u00a0 That lead at the end of one could have been larger for TCHS considering that PCHS hit all four of their free throws, and Tucker made only four of their 11 chances at the foul line.\r\n\r\nSenior Sarah Ryder hit a basket to start the second stanza, and that cut the TCHS lead to three points which was as close as Pocahontas would get.\u00a0 Tucker then mounted a 10-0 run, and by half-time, the Tucker \u00a0lead was extended to 31-17 with a 14-8 second quarter effort.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe Mountain Lions saved their best for last as they scored 21 points in each of the final two frames.\u00a0 The Mountain Lions ended the third quarter on a 3-0 run and then continued with a 17-0 run to start the final frame and put the game out of reach for the home team.\u00a0 That run ended with TCHS up 48-17.\u00a0 Tucker took third quarter 21-6 and the final frame 21-15.\u00a0 Senior Mary Kelley hit three of her five three-pointers in the fourth.\u00a0\r\n\r\nGame high scorer was TCHS junior Sydney Nestor, who recently passed 1,000 points for her career and added 25 points and eight rebounds to her stats on Friday.\u00a0 Senior Elizabeth Nichols was next with a career high 18 points plus 10 rebounds and 8 blocks.\u00a0 Junior Sydney Moore added 10 points to the Tucker total.\u00a0 PCHS high scorer was Kelley who hit five threes for 15 points.\u00a0 Ryder tallied nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.\u00a0 Senior Brittney Sharp came off the bench and put up seven points and dished out some great passes under the basket.\u00a0 Nine girls scored for TCHS, and six girls for PCHS.\r\n\r\nTucker committed 13 turnovers while Pocahontas amassed 33 of which 23 were bad passes.\u00a0 The rebounding effort was closer with TCHS taking that stat 31 to 26.\u00a0 The foul calling was odd to say the least; the Mountain Lions were called for 10 fouls in each half while the Lady Warriors were called for 14 in the first half and only three in the second half.\u00a0 Tucker made 11 of their 26 (42 percent) foul shots, and PCHS hit 11 of 20 (55 percent).\r\n\r\nTCHS improves to 12-2 and 6-0 in the PVC.\u00a0 PCHS drops to 6-5 and 2-3 in the PVC.\u00a0 The last PCHS win over Tucker County was on January 4, 2013 at TCHS 39-38.\r\n\r\nPCHS JV, 32\r\nTucker County JV, 53\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe PCHS JV squad had not had a game for exactly one full month due to opponents not having the numbers to field a JV team.\u00a0 The Lady Warriors JV came out strong to take the first quarter 10-6 with Calhoun scoring six points and sophomore Aliza Carr adding four points. \u00a0\r\n\r\nTCHS sophomore Riley Evans played only in the second quarter of the JV game, and she was game high scorer with 18 points and five rebounds.\u00a0 Tucker took the second and third quarters 25-3 and 11-6 respectively while losing the final frame 11-13.\u00a0 TCHS sophomore Aliyah Plum and freshman Katie Surguy added 14 and 11 points respectively. \u00a0\r\n\r\nFive PCHS players scored the following point totals: \u00a0Carr - seven, freshmen Sage Mclaughlin - eight, Kira Bircher - six, Laila Calhoun - six, and Chloe Sharp - five.\u00a0 PCHS high rebounder was Bircher with six rebounds.\u00a0McLaughlin\u2019s five assists and four steals were PCHS team highs.\u00a0 PCHS drops to 4-3 and 1-2 in the PVC.\r\n\r\nPCHS Varsity, 44\r\nVan Varsity, 47\r\n\r\nAfter a taxing game on Friday, the PCHS varsity girls team boarded a school bus Saturday morning for a nearly four hour drive to Van High School in Boone County.\u00a0 PCHS showed no signs of being tired and totally dominated the Bulldogs in the first quarter, taking it 23-4.\u00a0 Ryder scored 10 points, and four other Lady Warriors added points.\r\n\r\nVan got more physical in the second stanza, and they took it 13-8.\u00a0 Van shot 14 foul shots to only seven for PCHS, and neither team shot well.\u00a0 Kelley\u2019s two threes were the only two PCHS field goals in the period, and Van cut the\u00a0PCHS lead to 31-17 at the half.\r\n\r\nCoach Mike Kane reported that the Lady Warriors \u201clost their legs\u201d sometime after the first quarter, and Van took the third canto 10-3.\u00a0 The fourth quarter was a foul shooting contest with PCHS\u00a0making six of 18 (33 percent) shots and Van hitting four of 12 (33 percent).\u00a0 Van took the quarter 20-10 and finally took the lead just before time expired for the 47-44 upset.\u00a0 PCHS only scored 21 total points in the final three quarters versus 24 in the first.\r\n\r\nRyder and Van freshman Karlie Lafauci were the only two players to score in every quarter, and they tied for game high scorers with 15 points each. Ryder also\u00a0grabbed nine rebounds.\u00a0 Kelly hit for 13 points, including three treys, and Van sophomore Haleigh Cook matched the 13 points while getting a double-double with 12 rebounds.\u00a0 Freshmen Charity Warder and Laila Calhoun each grabbed six rebounds.\r\n\r\nBoth teams were each called for 11 fouls in the first half and 13 fouls in the second half.\u00a0 Van hit 11 of 25 (44 percent) free throws, and PCHS made 11 of 31 (35 percent).\u00a0 Van improves to 6-7, and PCHS drops to 6-6.\u00a0 Both schools are in Region 3 this season, so this loss will impact\u00a0PCHS\u2019\u00a0post-season seeding. PCHS won the three previous games in their three seasons of play.\r\n\r\nThe PCHS varsity team next travels to Upper Glade to face \u201cnew to Class A this year\u201d Webster County on Wednesday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. (No JV game).\u00a0 Both the JV and Varsity squads then travel to Franklin to face\u00a0Pendleton County Tuesday, January 31.\u00a0 The JV game starts at 6:15 p.m., and the varsity contest begins at 8 p.m.