By Nick Carroll

Tribune Sports Editor

ncarroll@newstribune.info

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At the quarter pole, Keyser was tied with Fort Hill 41-41 but the Sentinels broke away down the stretch claiming a 63-50 victory over the Golden Tornado.  Offensively Keyser started slowly scoring only 5 points in the first five minutes of play, which allowed Fort Hill to gain an early first quarter lead 17-15.  After a spirited speech from Coach John Haines Jr. to start the second quarter, the Golden Tornado defense changed from a breeze into a fierce whirlwind.  The Sentinels faced constant turbulence scoring only 5 points, allowing Keyser to build a 28-22 halftime lead.  In the third quarter, Fort Hill changed their offensive strategy and began pushing the ball into the low post, while defensively the Sentinels prevented Keyser from penetrating the lane and forcing several contested jump shots.  The two teams were tied to start the fourth quarter, but Keyser was fatigued as Fort Hill poured in 22 fourth quarter points.

Cam White led Keyser in scoring with 15 points, Cade Staggers had 9 points, and Reggie Redman was perfect from the charity stripe going 6 for 6 scoring a total of 8 points.  For the Sentinels Nate Graves scored 13 points, Brayden Brown put in 11 points, and Jaden Hoover was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. The Keyser freshman squad defeated Fort Hill 48-38 led by Ryan Shoemaker's 24 points, exactly half of Keyser's total offense.  The Golden Tornado JV team won a tight contest 43-41 over Fort Hill.  Keyser had a huge 2nd half scoring 31 points to eclipse the Sentinels.