By Michael Minnich
Tribune Sports Editor
CUMBERLAND—For a half, the Keyser Golden Tornado were excellent, matching the highly touted Allegany Campers shot for shot and trailing by one heading to the locker room.
But then things completely did a 180: the Campers dominated the second half to the tune of a 54-15 scoring margin, zooming to a 92-54 win last night.
Jaden Jessie scored 21 points to lead all scorers for Allegany, Jason Copman added 19, Darik Kerns 15, and Sean Rhodes 13.
Cade Staggers, on his birthday, had 18 points, 16 in the first half, for Keyser.
Quada Lindsay added 11 points, nine in the first half, and had six rebounds, all on the offensive end.
Camden White scored nine and passed out four assists, and Quentin Peck had eight points.
Allegany roared out of the gate, taking a 12-1 lead on five points from Jaden Jessie, a three from Sean Rhodes, and buckets from Jason Copman and Darik Kerns.
But Keyser scored the next seven on layups from Quada Lindsay and Quentin Peck and a three-point play from Camden White to trail by four, 12-8, with 4:03 left in the first quarter.
Alco scored the next four on a Copman free throw and a Jessie three, but Peck and Lindsay scored right back.
After a bank shot from Jessie and a layup from Kerns, Cade Staggers hit a three right before the horn to pull Keyser within five, 20-15, after one.
Tyrae Barmore extended the Campers' cushion to seven, but Keyser went on an 8-0 run to take the lead.
Peck started it with a bank shot, then Staggers continued it with a layup, Justin Burgess made a jumper, and Lindsay converted a layup to make it a 23-22 Tornado game with 5:20 left in the second quarter.
Rhodes and Staggers hit threes, then, after a Barmore layup, Lindsay finished off a three-point play to push Keyser ahead by two, 29-27, with 4:18 to go in the half.
Jessie and Staggers knocked down triples, then, after a Copman three-point play, Staggers hit again from beyond the arc.
Keyser led, 35-33, at the 2:24 mark.
Copman evened the score with a stick-back, then Allegany took a 38-35 lead on a Rhodes lay-in and a Copman free throw.
Staggers, still hot, hit a mid-range jumper, then Copman and White traded layups to end the half.
Allegany led an entertaining contest, 40-39, at intermission.
The Campers wasted little time snuffing the drama.
By the time Keyser made another field goal, it was a double-digit game, as the Campers scored 12 points in the first 2 ½ minutes of the quarter to lead 52-40 before White's mid-range jumper.
It just got worse from there: the Campers scored the next nine, then, after an Ours basket, finished the quarter with nine more to lead 70-44.
The final margin was the most lopsided.
Allegany won the JV game, 59-34.
Cameron Bretton scored 14, Justin Copman 12, and Stephen Washington 10 to lead Alco.
Deavonta Johnson led Keyser with 10.
On Monday, Keyser won the freshman encounter between the two schools, 40-36.
Jackson White scored 15 and Reggie Redman seven for KHS.
Keyser (4-7) is scheduled to host Southern tomorrow.