CUMBERLAND, Md. - Energy. It doesn't matter how many Cappuccinos, Clif bars, or Red Bulls you toss down, sometimes its just not possible to play with energy when you are fatigued.
On Tuesday night the Keyser Lady Tornado were on the road playing against Moorefield and losing 46-43 at the start of the 4th quarter. In the final 8 minutes of the game Keyser exuded tons of energy and left it all on the court outscoring the Lady Bee’s 20-2 in the 4th quarter to capture their 5th win in a row. On Wednesday night less than 24 hours later the Lady Tornado were back on the road again playing against a tough Allegany Camper squad. The only blemish on the Lady Campers record this season was a 2 point loss to the Frankfort Falcons 59-57 in December.
In the game of basketball mental and physical energy is vital for victory, and it was apparent from the tip Keyser was tired. The Lady Campers quickly took the lead 14-11 after the first quarter then 34-20 at halftime. Offensively for Keyser the Lady Tornado turned the ball over 14 times in the first half and struggled stopping #23 Taya Sloan who scored 14 points in the 2nd quarter. The 2nd half was a similar script for Keyser as they had trouble on the offensive end scoring a total of 17 points in the final 16 minutes of the game compared to the 28 points scored by the Lady Campers. The final score was lopsided as Allegany won 62-37.
Lexi Turner broke into double digits scoring 12 points for Keyser while Kearstin Lucas finished the game with 9 points going 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Madi Anderson completed the contest with 7 points and Aubrey Smith tossed in 6 points. Makenna Staggers added 2 points while Caitlyn Wolfe chipped in a free throw.
For the Lady Campers Taya Sloan was a force on the floor and finished the game with 30 points. Gaddy Rumgay posted 13 points and Alayzia Ward added 9 points to the Allegany Campers final score.
Next up for Keyser is a critical road game for playoff seeding against Philip Barbour on Tuesday January 16th with tipoff scheduled for 7:30PM.