KEYSER - On Jan. 7, approximately five weeks ago, Keyser traveled to Petersburg to take on the Vikings. It was a hard-fought game, and Keyser headed back to Mineral County on the losing side of a tight 53-49 battle.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - On Jan. 7, approximately five weeks ago, Keyser traveled to Petersburg to take on the Vikings. It was a hard-fought game, and Keyser headed back to Mineral County on the losing side of a tight 53-49 battle.  
That of course, was back when Keyser’s modus operandi was to lose close games. Their three previous losses at that point were by one, one, and two points.
Well, the tables have turned, with Keyser’s new modus operandi being to win games, and not just win them but win them convincingly.  Such was the case Wednesday night, when the home standing Golden Tornado reversed their fortunes against Petersburg by defeating the Vikings soundly by a score of 79-52.  
How is that for a turnaround?
“We are getting better every day, players are learning their potential and chemistry continues to grow in the whole program!  Petersburg had some bad luck with injuries and other issues, but I’m sure Coach Heare will get them ready for sectionals,” Keyser coach John Haines Jr. said when questioned about the game.
While the victory was a total team effort as the score book reflects, it’s hard not to point out the dominating performance of Keyser’s big man Shawn See who led the Golden Tornado with 24 points and a host of rebounds.  
“Unfortunately, I was sick and not at the game, but Shawn See’s numbers were great and he had a solid game, along with two more players, Ryan Shoemaker and Reggie Redman in double figures,” Haines said of the game’s top performers.  
Ryan Shoemaker would finish with 16 points, Reggie Redman with 13. In addition to those scoring in double figures, Jack White contributed eight points, Brady Clay seven, and Willie Ack and Kaden Garland added three points each.  
Garland’s three points came from a three-point bucket in the fourth period. He has become a bit of a three-point specialist of late.  On Senior Night against Berkeley Springs last week, Garland scored six points, with those points coming from three-point daggers in the fourth period as well.
Rounding out the scoring for the Golden Tornado were Dylan See and Jacob Biser with two points apiece, along with PJ Kennedy, who added one point.
In the loss, Petersburg was led by Jacob Hartman’s 14 points, followed closely by Tyce Wisnewski and Hunter Pool with 12 and 11 points respectively. In addition, Matt Vanmeter contributed six points, Nathan Park four, Jacob Hawk three and Charlie Moomaw two.
Keyser opened up the first period by dominating the Vikings 14-5 in the game’s first eight minutes. Six separate Tornado players combined in scoring those 14 points. The two teams combined for 42 total points in the second period with Keyser edging Petersburg 23-19 to give the Golden Tornado a 37-24 halftime lead. Ryan Shoemaker scored 10 of his 16 points in the second period.
After halftime, it would become the Shawn See show. See would score 16 of his game high 24 points after intermission, scoring six in the third period and ten in the fourth. All 24 of See’s points came from two point field goals.
Keyser edged Petersburg 16-11 in third period scoring to take a 53-35 advantage into the fourth and final period. In the final frame, the two teams combined for 43 points with Keyser holding a 26-17 edge. In the end, the Golden Tornado would earn the 79-52 victory.
The victory advances Keyser’s record to 10-8 on the season. The Golden Tornado have earned seven victories in their last eight games, the lone loss in that stretch to a streaking Mountain Ridge squad who had won six consecutive games themselves. The loss drops Petersburg to 9-10 on the year.
The two could meet again in sectional play.
Keyser certainly reversed their fortunes against Petersburg, turning a four-point loss in January into a 27-point victory five weeks later.  According to Keyser’s Coach Haines, “It’s really about the players and coaches believing in each other, we’re all on the same page now. I’ve learned along the way, listen to what your players and staff have to say, but ultimately it comes down on my shoulders!  I’m not a MY or I guy, I believe everyone’s voice matters in the program.  WE all get that and have each other’s backs on and off the court.”
In a change of schedule based on weather cancellations and cooperation between schools, Keyser next faces Philip Barbour tonight at home before hosting Southern on Saturday.
Haines explains, “Philip Barbour is a huge game for seedings. We just need to take care of business and keep getting better along the way. Control what we can control and hope for the best outcome.  I would also like to thank Southern for moving a game.  Coach Bosley and his program are a class act.”