The Lewis County Minutemen basketball team traveled to Summersville on Feb. 27, to take on the Nicholas County Grizzlies in a Region 2 Section semi final game.
Levi Brown got the scoring started as he sunk a two-point basket. After a two-point basket by Jake Hamilton for the Grizzlies, Brown connected for a three-pointer to give Lewis County a 5-2 lead.
Nicholas County then stroked for the next seven points to take a 9-5 lead. Cody Seelback scored two points to make it 9-7 and the Grizzlies then scored seven straight points to make a 16-7 lead, Lewis County then struck for five straight to make it 16-12 behind two points from Seelback and a three-pointer from Drew Kuhn.
A Nicholas County three-pointer and a free throw by Seelback made the score after one quarter of play 19-13 in favor of Nicholas County.
A three-pointer by Brown four points by Brown and two points by Asa Post gave Lewis County a 9-0 run and gave them a 22-19 lead. Nicholas County ran off seven straight to take a 26-24 lead.
Luke White then scored a two-point basket and added a free throw to make it 26-25. After a pair of missed free throws by Nicholas White added a free throw to tie things up at 26-26. Both teams tallied four points each down the stretch in the second quarter and headed to the halftime break tied at 30-30
The third quarter was be a back and forth one as neither team could pull away from one another and after a 18-17 scoring edge by the Grizzlies they took a 48-47 lead into the final quarter of play. Kyle Gannon started the fourth quarter with a two-point basket that gave Lewis County a 49-48 lead.
The Nicholas County Grizzlies then got an old-fashioned tree point play by Luke LeRose and took a 51-49 lead that they did not relinquish as they got the win 77-66 over the Minutemen.
The loss ended Lewis County’s season with a 8-15 record on the year. The Minutemen had four players reach double figure in the contest, led by Cody Seelback with 15 points, followed by Levi Brown with 13 points, Kyle Gannon with 11 points, and Luke White with 10 points.
Foul shooting was a key in the game as Nicholas County attempted 52 charity tosses and make 34 while Lewis County went 13-27 from the line.
Lewis County players and fans wore orange T-shirts that had #Snufferstrong in honor of Cathy White Snuffer who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.
Score By Quarters
Lewis County 13 17 17 19 - 66
Nicholas County 19 11 18 29 - 77
Lewis County: Shawn Moran 2 3-4 8; Cody Seelback 5 5-11 15; Asa Post 1 0-0 2; Bradley Smith 1 0-0 3; Kyle Gannon 4 2-5 11; Levi Brown 5 0-0 13; Drew Kuhn 1 0-0 3; Luke White 4 2-3 10; Avery Post 0 1-2 1; Totals 23-13-27 66; Three Point Field Goals: Moran 1; Smith 1; Gannon 1; Brown 3; Kuhn 1
Nicholas County: Luke LeRose 10 12-18 34; Camden Lawrence 0 0-1 0; Tanner Huffman 2 12-16 17; Nick Nutter 2 4-7 9; Jake Hamilton 2 3-4 8; Nick Kiser 1 1-2 3; Trey Milam 2 2-4 6; Totals 19 34-52 77; Three Point Field Goals: LeRose 2; Huffman 1; Nutter 1; Hamilton 1