KEYSER- The Keyser Lady Tornado (10-4) entered the contest on Saturday winning 8 out of their last 9 games over the past 4 weeks. The Class AAA Lady Trojans of Romney traveled to Mineral County with an impressive (11-3) record with big victories over Allegany and Fort Hill. On paper this matchup appeared to feature two teams evenly matched, however, Hampshire had no response for the Golden Tornado defense that suffocated the Trojan offense. Keyser won the game in comfortable fashion 59-35.
Keyser Head Coach Josh Blowe is a film room junkie who loves to scout upcoming competition. Josh implements a specific gameplan to take advantage of his teams strengths while trying to expose the weakness in the opposition. A gameplan is only good if players and coaches are able to execute the plan accordingly. Half past 2:00pm on Jan. 27th, fans filled the stands in the Keyser Gym and public address announcer Dave Boden began to bellow out the starting lineup for Hampshire. Just before Mr. Boden began to introduce the home team, a flurry of confusion took place on the Hampshire sidelines pausing pregame activities. After a long discussion with the officiating crew the Hampshire coaching staff admitted they forgot to include a player on the official game roster.
This oversight resulted in a technical foul against Hampshire which sent Lexi Turner to the free throw line, and she dropped in both shots to give Keyser the rare 2-0 lead before play officially started. Submitting the wrong roster in fact became a telling omen for the rest of the game. Due to injury the Hampshire leading scorer was parked on the bench as the team appeared out of sync. Credit the fierce Keyser defense for stalling the Hampshire offense and preventing them from gaining confidence. The Lady Tornado held Hampshire to 6 points in the 1st quarter and 11 points in the 2nd to take a commanding lead into halftime 34-17. Leading by 17 points to start the 2nd half Keyser continued to apply pressure while moving the ball fluently on offense. The Lady Tornado held Hampshire to total of 35 points in the game while posting 59 points of their own to win by 24 points. The Keyser offense was in rhythm all afternoon as players made the extra pass to create wide open shot opportunities.
Kearstin Lucas had a game high 17 points, and Makenna Staggers was once again perfect from the charity stripe going 3 for 3 and finished the game with a total of 12 points. Lexi Turner tossed in 10 points while Aubrey Smith had 8 points, Kayla Willison added 6 points and Madi Anderson chipped in 4 points.
Kat Corbin led Hampshire scoring 12 points and Hannah Gordon ended the game with 11 points. Next up for the Lady Tornado (11-4) is a road game at Petersburg today, Tuesday Jan. 30th.