by Jamie Harris
The Berkeley Springs Indians hosted the Tri State Shootout on December 27 and 28 at the BSHS gymnasium. On opening night Boonsboro and Southern Fulton squared off in the first game, while Berkeley Springs faced Northern Garrett in the nightcap.
After Boonsboro pulled away from Southern Fulton to advance to the championship game it was time for the Indians and Huskies to play. The first quarter both teams traded baskets back and forth and finished the quarter tied at 13-13.
The second quarter the Indians went on a major run outscoring Northern Garrett 20-1 to take a 33-13 halftime lead. In the third quarter the Indians used a 19-9 run to extend their lead to 52-23. The final quarter saw the Indians wrap up the game with a 61- 40 win.
Senior Ty’Mir Ross had a huge night for the Indians. Ross recorded a rare triple double scoring a game high 25 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and recording 10 steals. Also contributing to the win for Berkeley Springs were Gavin Young (15 points), Cole Oursler (7 points), Carlester Allen (5 points), Dakota Hamrick (4 points), Landon Schetrompf (3 points) and RJ Thompson (2 points).
On Wednesday night it was the battle of the tribes as the Boonsboro Warriors and Berkeley Springs Indians faced off to determine the 2022 Tri State Shootout Championship. Just as they did the night before, Berkeley Springs came out hot and outscored the visitors from Maryland 16-10 in the first quarter. The second quarter both teams clamped down on defense but the Indians outscored the Warriors 13-7 to take a 29-17 halftime lead. After regrouping at the half Boonsboro came out hot to start the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Indians 19-10, however the Indians still led 39-36 after three quarters. In the final quarter the Indians opened the game back up and wrapped up the 63-52 win to take their second consecutive Tri State Shootout title.
Leading the way for the Indians were Ross (18 points), Hamrick (10 points), Young (8 points), Allen (5 points), Oursler (5 points), Jacob Shekey (4 points) and Thompson (3 points).
Ross was named the Most Outstanding Player of the two day tournament, while teammates Thompson and Young were named to the all- tournament team.
On Friday, December 30 the Indians hit the road for a contest at North Marion. As many recall North Marion ended the Indians season last year in the playoffs. This time around both teams could not settle the final outcome in four quarters. Actually one overtime could not settle it as well. It took double overtime to settle the outcome. After the dust settled on the marathon showdown, the Huskies came away with a 70-64 home win over the Indians.
In a game that many described as ugly and foul-riddled, both teams racked up 58 fouls that included 43 in the second half and both overtimes. Seven players fouled out including four from Berkeley Springs. North Marion was able to take a 10- 7 lead after the first quarter while the Indians struggled from the field. Berkeley Springs regrouped in the second quarter with four quick points to take an 11-10 led but North Marion recovered and raced out to a 22-15 half- time lead.
The third quarter saw both teams continuing to battle back and forth but North Marion was able to maintain a 33-28 lead. The fourth quarter was a mirror of the third as both teams battled back and forth. Berkeley Springs was able to take a 47- 43 lead with around a minute to go. North Marion cranked up the defensive pressure and cut the score to 47-45 and then tied the game at 47-47 to end the fourth quarter.
The first overtime was another back and forth battle as both teams tried to secure the win. However with both teams remained at a stalemate at 55-55 after the first over time. The second overtime was all North Marion as they outscored the Indians 15-9 to finally wrap up the 70-64 win.
Berkeley Springs was led by Ross (28 points), Young (10 points), Shekey (10 points), Hamrick (6 point), Hunter Ambrose (3 points), Schetrompf (3 points), Thompson (3 points) and Allen (1 point).
Berkeley Springs (4-4) will next be in action on Tuesday, January 3 with a home contest with East Hardy. The JV game will tip-off at 6 p.m. and the varsity will follow at 7:30 p.m.. Then on Friday, January 6 the Indians will travel to Keyser for a crucial sectional game with the Golden Tornado. JV will tip- off at 6 p.m. and the varsity will follow at 7:30 p.m.