BEES Basketball

  • Congratulations Kierra Bartholow 2018-19 All-State Honorable Mention
  • Congratulations to Somer Stover 2018-19 All-State Honorable Mention

Stover runs away with POTW honors


February 4, 2019

Somer Stover

Photo by Tammy Shriver | Times West Virginian

Throughout this season, Somer Stover has found a way to shine on the court, win or lose.

That was the case again on Monday, when the East Fairmont sophomore scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, putting together a star-quality performance for East Fairmont despite a 73-41 loss to North Marion.

Stover made five of her six shots from the field, and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to be a one-man wrecking crew for a Bees team that was in real need of one.

With an impressive touch below the rim and an aggressive style when it comes to rebounding, Stover continues to show more promise with each passing game. A performance like last week’s made her an easy choice for voters to make her the new Player of the Week.

Defense, Rebounding leads Bees to win over Weir, 52-38

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FAIRMONT — East Fairmont used defense and rebounding in the second half to down Weir, 52-38, in girls basketball action Saturday afternoon at East Fairmont High School.

The win evened the Bees record at 9-9, while the loss dropped the Red Riders to 5-13.

The Red Riders got off to a great start in the first quarter using a 10-0 run for a 12-5 lead with 1:40 left. Gia Fuscardo and Sophia Mikula led the run with four points each.

However, East Fairmont found the hot hand in the first half in the form of Kierra Bartholow as she connected on three 3-pointers in the first quarter and two of them came in the final minute to close the Weir lead to 12-11.

Bartholow kept finding open spots in the Weir defense to hit two more treys in the second quarter and five in the first half to lead the Bees with a game-high 15 points as EF took a 25-22 halftime lead.

“Kierra lets the game come to her and she shot the ball extremely well in the first half,” East Fairmont coach James Beckman said.

The second half was a different story for the Bees stepped up their game in two areas that was the difference in the game. Defensively, they held Weir to 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting and outrebounded them 20-9 with six rebounds on the offensive end and converted four of them for baskets.

“Our defense and rebounding was like night and day in the second half for us,” Beckman said. “We got to the free throw line more, made more inside shots and we were a completely different team in the second half.”

The main benefactor for East in the second half was Somer Stover, with eight of her 14 points to go along with four of her seven rebounds. Tatum Oates also grabbed seven of her game-high nine rebounds in the second half for the Bees.

But, the main reason for the success of the Bees offensively was point-guard Mackenzie Tennant. Tennant scored only four points but controlled the game throughout with seven assists and three steals.

“Mackenzie controls the game for us and gets everyone involved to take the pressure off the rest of the girls,” Beckman said. “It is good to get back to .500 on the season and we have four regular season games left to get better and ready for sectionals.”

The Bees steadily increased the lead after halftime to as many as eight points on two occasions in the third period with the last being 37-29 on a Stover layup.

Stover had two more inside hoops early in the fourth quarter to give the Bees a double-digit lead (45-34) and Oates provided East Fairmont with its biggest lead of the game, 52-37 on a offensive rebound basket with one minute remaining.

Fuscardo and Mikula paced the Red Riders with 13 points each. Bella Aperfine led Weir in steals with eight and grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while Fuscardo recorded six steals.



Changes to Boys Basketball Schedule

January 30, 2019

Please note that we have rescheduled our weather postponed Boys games at Philip Barbour.

We will now be playing a triple header this Monday Feb. 4th at Philip Barbour.

Freshman tip @ 4:30pm

JV tip @ 5:45pm

Varsity tip @ 7:30pm


Freshman bus will leave EFHS @ 2:45pm

JV/Varsity bus will leave EFHS @ 4:00pm


We have also rescheduled our JV/Varsity games @ Liberty.

They will now be played on Friday Feb. 15th

JV tip @ 5:45pm

Varsity tip @ 7:30pm



East Fairmont strong down the stretch in win over Mingo Central

By in High School Sports | January 21, 2019 at 5:11PM

WVMetroNews.com/Greg Carey

East Fairmont’s Kierra Bartholow follows through on a shot as Mingo Central’s Zoe Evans looks on.


FAIRMONT, W.Va. — At halftime of Monday’s game against Mingo Central, East Fairmont girls basketball coach James Beckman was relatively pleased with his team’s showing.

There was, however, one important aspect missing from East Fairmont’s performance that was preventing the Bees from creating separation.

“I thought we played well defensively giving up 13 points in the first half. We’re in the right spots, we’re defending and rebounding and we’re pushing in transition. We just didn’t hit shots,” Beckman said.

In turn, the Bees were clinging to only a 15-13 halftime lead against the Miners after making a mere 6-of-33 field goal attempts through two quarters.

Fortunately for Beckman, his team outscored its first half offensive output in both quarters over the second half and the Bees kept up their strong defense to pull away from Mingo Central for a 50-36 victory.

“We had 33 attempts. We just didn’t hit shots. In the second half, we go 15-for-30, so we started hitting shots,” Beckman said. “You tell the girls, ‘you shot yourselves into a slump, shoot yourselves out of it.’”

The fourth quarter was the difference. After East Fairmont (8-6) took a 31-27 lead into the final frame, the Miners (4-12) drew to within 33-31 on consecutive layups by Maliyah Martin, the latter of which came with 6:35 to play.

But Mingo Central didn’t score again until a Cassidy Cline 3-pointer with 2 minutes left, and by that time the Miners trailed 43-34.

The decisive 10-0 run by EFHS was keyed by eight points from guard Kierra Bartholow, who scored six straight points on a pair of 3s, the second of which upped the Bees’ advantage to 39-31 with 5:05 remaining.

Following a Kianna Casuccio basket off a drive, Bartholow scored from close range to give Beckman’s team a 12-point lead.

Cline’s 3 was answered by a 3 from Kylea Lopez and the Bees led by double figures the rest of the way down the stretch.

“We knew our numbers compared to theirs and we wanted to wear them down in the second half,” Beckman said. “Keep pushing the ball in transition and apply that pressure defensively. I thought we wore them down in the fourth quarter.”

After a sluggish first half offensively from both teams, EFHS began the third quarter with consecutive field goals from Mackenzie Tennant and Avery Pack to take a six-point lead.

When Somer Stover’s layup later in the third quarter was followed by consecutive baskets by Casuccio, the Bees held a 28-18 lead at the 2:03 mark and appeared on their way to breaking it open.

Instead, a Scareltt Thomason 3 closed the Miners’ deficit to seven, and Mingo Central answered a Kayla Corley layup with a 6-0 run that featured five points by Savannah Hinton to get as close as 30-27 late in the third quarter.

Bartholow led the Bees with 14 points, while Casuccio and Pack scored 10 apiece in the win. Pack also came down with 10 rebounds to record a double double, while Stover added nine rebounds.

The Bees finished with 62 field goal attempts compared to 47 for the Miners. That was in large part due to Mingo Central finishing with 24 turnovers and East Fairmont only eight.

Thomason’s 14 points led MCHS, while Martin had 10 points and seven rebounds. Hinton added nine points and nine boards in the loss.

Bees shake of slow start, knock off Knights 55-41


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PLEASANT VALLEY — All year long East Fairmont coach James Beckman has been waiting for a team identity to emerge

The Bees (6-5) showed the head coach what he was looking for on Friday night, overcoming a slow start to beat the Preston Knights 56-41.

“It was 7-0 to start the game,” he recalled. “You’re on your own floor against a (7-3) opponent and and you’re down 7-0. I love how resilient we were and the character of this team to show a little bit of grit and determination to fight back and make this a ball game. We have been searching for our identity this season and it’s starting to come along and I’m liking what I’m seeing.”


Preston freshman Carsynn Sines converted on a shot at the bucket and split a pair of free throws before sophomore Michelle Thomas hit a jumper and scored in transition to give the Knights an early lead. But the Bees came buzzing back, as Somer Stover scored a pair of buckets inside and Avery Pack converted a three-point play and a stick back to put together a 9-2 run to knot things up.

From there the two teams jostled back and forth with the lead changing hands four different times until Preston appeared to have grasped the game’s momentum, scoring six straight to take a 21-16 lead early in the second quarter.

With things appearing to take a turn, Beckman called a timeout, calmed his team down and the game was never the same. Out of the break Kierra Bartholow drained a corner 3 to cut the deficit to two. Preston’s Erica Myers answered with a short range jumper, but Stover scored in the lane before Kiana Cassucio knocked down a pair of triples to close out a 13-2 run that ended the half and gave East a 29-23 lead entering the locker room.

“It was toughness,” Beckman explained. “I think the girls had a little bit of grit. They crashed the boards, they hit some shots and they got some confidence and got a flow going. It’s nothing different from what we have done this season. We have been stressing toughness and we’re starting to see some toughness from this team.”

Stover scored the first four points of the second half to extend the run to 17-2 and push the Bee lead out to 10 points. Sines scored a pair of buckets to cut the deficit to six immediately afterwards, but another Cassucio 3 kicked off a 9-0 run that ended the quarter and gave East Fairmont a commanding 15-point advantage entering the fourth quarter.

The Bees cruised from there and are now back over .500. Preston, on the other hand, dropped its third straight contest and falls to 7-4 on the season. East Fairmont is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Buckhannon-Upshur.


Stover and Pack help East Fairmont sting Oak Glen

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FAIRMONT — After a 78-32 loss to rival Fairmont Senior on Friday night, the East Fairmont girls basketball team wasted no time moving on.

Less than 24 hours after the loss, the Bees returned to their home court to take on Oak Glen. The Bees bounced back, defeating the Bears 49-33 to get back above .500 on the year.

“I thought we responded well. I’m glad we had this game after Fairmont Senior. We just had to forget about it and move on to today,” EF coach James Beckman said.

“That’s the great thing about basketball, you have several games a week. Its not like football where you dwell on a loss for a full week. We were able to move on and we were ready to play.”

The Bears entered the game shorthanded as Alexa Andrews (injury) and Alayna Kranis (personal reasons), two of OG’s post players, didn’t play.

The Bees never trailed as Mackenzie Tennant scored just seconds after tip-off before Somer Stover scored her first basket to give the Bees an early 4-0 lead. Stover added her second basket of the game later in the first quarter off a rebound and put back to extend the Bees’ lead to 14-5. It was the first of several occasions where the Bees took advantage of second chance opportunities in the absence of Andrews and Kranis.

“We’ve got a couple post players out with injury, so we knew it’d be tough against their post players,” OG coach Scott Wiley said.

“We don’t have much size besides those two (Andrews and Kranis). We told our girls to box out and we didn’t do a good job of it. They got two or three shots in a possession a lot.”

Stover scored 20 points, her sixth straight game in double figures, and pulled down seven rebounds in the win. Thirteen of Stover’s 20 points came in the first half as the Bees led 27-16 at intermission.

OG’s only true offensive spark came from Reece Enochs who scored a game-high 22 points including 6-10 from 3-point range. Three of Enoch’s trays came in the third quarter as the Bears tried to claw their way back into the game.

However, it seemed like every time the Bears appeared to slightly get going, the Bees answered. Avery Pack scored on a rebound and put back on back to back possessions midway through the third quarter to help the Bees extend their lead to 37-24.

Pack, who also took advantage of the Bears’ lack of size several times, fell just one bucket short of a double-double, scoring eight points and pulling down a game high 12 rebounds.

“Somer and AP, I tell you what, they’ve been solid every game,” Beckman noted.

“They’re consistent. When we get our shoting guards back with Kylea (Lopez) and Kierra (Bartholow), its going to make us stronger in the long run. We’ll be ready to play our best basketball come sectional play.”

Kianna Casuccio’s layup off the assist from Tennant with 2:11 to play was the exclamation point as the Bees held on for a 49-33 victory.

The loss drops Oak Glen to 4-7 overall. The Bees, now 5-4, travel to Lincoln (6-1) on Wednesday for a Big 10 showdown against the Cougars.

“It’s going to be a tough environment, they’re very well coached,” Beckman said of Lincoln.

“They’ve got Brynne Williams who is a good post player and Ferris and Sturm are tough to defend too. We’re aware of what they have and we’ll be ready to play.”Top of Form


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EF Lady Bees Practice Schedule



Feb. 18...Monday...2:30-5pm

Feb. 19...Tuesday...SECTIONAL GAME!

at North Marion 7pm

Feb. 20...Wednesday...TBA

Feb. 21...Thursday...TBA









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