By Michael Minnich
Tribune Sports Editor
KEYSER—Lose on Artie Hartman Night?
Not a chance.
The Keyser Golden Tornado, who wore shirts in warm-ups and on the bench in memory of their former coach and benefactor, who died of cancer this week, thumped the Berkeley Springs Indians, 73-40, to move to 2-1 at the midway point of their sectional slate and end a two-game losing streak.
Cade Staggers hit four threes and scored 14 points off of the bench to lead a balanced effort for KHS.
Quada Lindsay, in his first career start, finished with 13 points and four steals.
Camden White and Justin Burgess tallied 11 points each, with Burgess grabbing five rebounds, and Quentin Peck nine points.
Matthew Liller passed out seven assists and did not turn the ball over for Keyser.
Brady Ours had six rebounds.
Cody List led Berkeley Springs with 12 points and Jeremy Walls tallied 10.
After a moment of silence to honor Hartman’s memory, action got underway, and Keyser scored first on a Brady Ours stick-back, then, after a three from Brady Compton on the other end, took a 6-3 lead on layups from Camden White and Quentin Peck.
Berkeley Springs went up 7-6 on a Jeremy Walls layup and two Cody List free throws, then Peck and List traded layups.
Trailing 9-8 with 2:47 left in the first quarter, Keyser scored the next nine points.
Peck started the run with a jumper, White made a layup and a free throw, then, after a Burgess stick-back, White made a pair at the line at the 1:11 mark.
Keyser led, 17-9.
Compton's three and a Walls free throws pulled BS within four, but it was Burgess getting the last basket of the quarter to make it a 19-13 Keyser lead.
Burgess opened the second quarter, too, with a basket, then List, Peck, and List went back and forth.
A Burgess basket and a three from Cade Staggers pushed Keyser ahead by double figures, 28-17, with 3:56 left in the half.
List hit a jumper with 1:31 to go, but Keyser ripped off seven straight in the final 76 seconds: a three from Quada Lindsay, a free throw from Lindsay, and three makes from Burgess at the line.
Keyser led by 16 at the break, 35-19.
A Lindsay three and free throws from Peck and Amonte Turner moved the run to 13-0 and the lead to 41-19 before Berkeley Springs broke the spell with a Walls jumper.
Layups by Ours and Lindsay were answered by a Walls basket and two Collin Breeden free throws, but a Staggers three extended the lead back to 23, 48-25, with 3:28 to go in the third quarter.
That three, followed by another one, started a 14-0 Keyser run to end the quarter.
Keyser led, 59-25.
The lead got as large as 36, 73-37, on an Andrew Liller three with 1:16 to go.
Berkeley Springs won a hotly contested JV game, 59-55.
Brandon Mellott scored 19 and Nathan Osborn 11 for BS; Andrew Liller scored 11 points, Dylan Thorne 10, and Christian Ravenscroft and Ellison Courtney nine each for Keyser.
Keyser (4-6) is at Allegany on Tuesday; the JV game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.