Back on the winning side: Keyser soundly defeats Moorefield 60-26

Chapin Jewell
Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Keyser's Janiah Layton has been particularly impressive on the defensive side of the ball for the Lady Tornado. Against Moorefield, Layton contributed nine points offensively as well.

KEYSER - It’s nice to be back on the winning side for Keyser coach Josh Blowe and his Lady Tornado. After a solid 67-22 win over Bishop Walsh to open the season, Keyser then fell in two straight, heartbreaking losses at Hedgesville (39-38) and Washington (57-52). On Thursday night at home, Blowe and the Tornado were able to equal their record at 2-2 with a 34-point, 60-26 win over Moorefield.

Keyser played crushing defense in the win. The Black and Gold held Moorefield to four, 10, two, and 10 points per quarter. The Lady Tornado held a 15-4 advantage after one quarter, and a 33-14 lead at the half. A 50-16 lead at the end of three quarters gave way to a 60-26 victory overall.

“It was nice to play a complete game. Getting back in the win column is huge for our team after two close losses,” Blowe explained. “We have a really good team, and when we do things the right way, we will be tough to beat.

The one-two-three punch of Maddy Broadwater, Averi Everline, and Janiah Layton led the Golden Tornado with 12, 10, and 9 points respectively.

“It was a great effort from each of those young ladies. Maddy (Broadwater) has been solid so far, she has such a well-rounded game. Averi (Everline) played extremely hard and she got to the rim quite a few times tonight. She continues to improve,” Blowe stated.

According to Blowe, “Janiah has been great defensively and tonight she stepped up in a huge way on the offensive end. If she can give us the aggressiveness and shot-making ability, that will be a game changer moving forward.

In addition, Maddie Harvey added seven points, Summer Reid and Alexa Shoemaker six points apiece, and Alyvia Idleman and Rebekah Biser three points each. Sydney Taylor and Aly Smith rounded out the scoring for Keyser with two points apiece.

“A lot of girls gained confidence tonight and we just need to keep it that way,” Blowe explained.

In the loss, Moorefield was led by Sterling Kump and McKenna Crites with six points each, and Kaleigh Hunt and Sadie Crites four points each. Additionally, Delaney Crites contributed three points, Jaden Cullers two points, and Amber Williams one point.

Keyser was also victorious in the junior varsity game, winning by a score of 36-22.

Keyser (2-2) will next face Northern Garrett at home on Wednesday, Dec. 22, with junior varsity action tipping off at 6 p.m., and varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.