The Minutemen varsity basketball team travelled to the Eastern Panhandle on Dec. 28 and 29 to compete in the Hedgesville Holiday Tournament. The team returned from the event without a victory as the went cold from the field during the tournament.
The Minutemen took on Sherando High School from Fairfax, Virginia in the first game of the event, and saw a close game slip away late leading to a 62-53 loss. The score of the game at the half was 24 to 23 in Lewis County’s favor, but Sherando leveled it at 35 after three quarters and used a 27 point fourth quarter to hand the Minutemen the loss. Lewis County was lead in scoring by Kyle Gannon who poured in 24 in the loss while Luke White added in 14 to go along with his team-high seven rebounds, and Shawn Moran pitched in 12.
The next day the Minutemen faced off against tournament hosts Hedgesville High and came up short after going cold from the floor in second half. The Minutemen trailed by four at the half with the score standing 26 to 22. Hedgesville broke the game open in the second half, and pulled away to a give the Minutemen their second loss of the event. Asa Post and Gannon led the Minutemen with 8 points each in the game followed by Bradley Smith with 5. Post also led the Minutemen in rebounding with seven boards, four of them on the offensive end of the floor.
The Minutemen saw the cold streak from the second half of the Hedgesville game follow them home when they took on the Lincoln Thursday, Jan. 3, falling to the Cougars 46 to 24, and shooting only 17 percent from the floor. The Minutemen were again led by Asa Post who netted 8 points in the loss.
The Minutemen will look to right the ship when they travel to Robert C. Byrd Tuesday, Jan. 8, to take on a tough Eagles team at 7:30 p.m.