A four-game winning streak for the Pocahontas County High School Warriors came to a screeching halt at Warrior Coliseum last Friday night when the Moorefield Yellowjackets stormed back in the second half to win, 73-63.
The Warriors played fast and furious in the first half and Moorefield seemed a bit bewildered by the Warrior speed. Pocahontas fans were cautiously optimistic at the half, when PCHS held a 37-30 advantage. But the Jackets buzzed back with a vengeance after the break, using their superior size to great advantage. The third period was a disaster for Pocahontas, during which they were outscored 20-7. The Warriors regained their composure in the final period, but were still outscored 23-19 in the frame. Moorefield improved to 6-2 with the win. Pocahontas fell to 5-3.
Scoring in double digits for the Warriors were J.D. Hensler with 20 points; Cary Robertson with 16 points and Dalton Irvine with 13 points.
The Warriors traveled south to Hinton the following day to challenge the Bobcats in their lair. An epic, exciting battle between two good teams ensued as the Warriors tried to redeem themselves for the previous night’s loss. The lead would change 10 times in the affair. The Warriors led by one at the half, 37-36, and the game was knotted at 54 at the end of the third period. The Bobcats gained a four-point advantage in the final stanza for the 74-70 win.
Braxton Rider led the Warriors with 19 points; J.D. Hensler scored 18; Dalton Irvine scored 14 and Cary Robertson scored 11. Dalton Irvine led the team with 15 rebounds and Mick tallied 11 boards for PCHS. Summers County improved to 5-3 with the win. Pocahontas dropped to 5-4.
The Warriors play at Harman on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.; at home against Pendleton County on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.; and at Buckhannon-Upshur on Saturday at 4 p.m.