Valley 77, Hundred 72
The 'Jacks Clay Ueltschy had a monster game, scoring 37 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, while making six assists to power them to a 77-72 victory over Hundred on its senior night.
The Hornets grabbed an 18-16 advantage after one period of play, but Valley used a 21-11 run that gave the visitors a 37-29 lead at the break.
Hundred, would outscore their guests 22-17 in the third period, but the 'Jacks held off a gallant Hornet comeback to gain the nod.
Jack Wells and Tristen Kocher followed Ueltschy with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Drew Wade contributed nine points, including one basket from beyond the arc. Brady Nolan and Ryan Lemley each tacked on three markers for Valley.
For the Hornets, it was Rusty Morris leading the charge with a team-high 27 points, including four bonus bombs, while he got some help from Nick Phillips and Mitch Moore who netted 17 and 16 points, respectively. In addition, Kirk Shriver tallied eight points, while Chris Varner and Greg Stewart each sank a deuce.
East Richland, 54,
Mitch Moore led four Hornet double-digit scorers with 17 markers en route to a 74-54 pasting of East Richland High School Feb. 17 inside the warm and cozy Hornets Nest.
After taking a 21-13 lead after one period of play, Hundred would go 36-27 at the break. The Hornets would pour it on in the third period with a 23-9 run to break the game wide open.
In the third period, Moore and power forward Rusty Morris scored 18 of the team's next 23 points. Morris himself added 16 markers, including two baskets from beyond the arc, while Hornet point guard Chris Varner followed with 15 points.
Kirk Shriver nailed 11 points and earned his first double-double of the season when he grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Courtland Armstrong netted seven markers, Nick Phillips added five points, and Gregory Stewart, three points.
"We came out with a lot of intensity on defense and it set the tone," said Hornet Head Coach Gregory Hostetler. "We played great-team basketball, we hit the open man and shared the basketball.
"Hopefully we can continue this momentum into our season finale and into the sectionals. You want to be playing your best basketball at the end of the season and further into the post season."
The Hornets had their best assist total of the year with 17, led by Morris, Varner, and Shriver with four each.
St John 53 OT
The Hundred Hornets prevailed 59-53 in an overtime OVAC consolation game Feb. 14 at Bellaire St. John, despite problems with the scores showing as the final buzzer sounded at the end of regulation play.
The Hornets believed the scoreboard that said they were winning 49-48 with 12 seconds left in regulation and held the ball, waiting for Bellaire St. John to foul. However, the Irish must have known of the scoreboard error and stayed away until the final buzzer sounded.
Although the scoreboard showed Hundred winning, the official scorebook showed a tie score and the game went into overtime. Hundred's Mitch Moore and Rusty Morris added points in the OT with some big shots, added to by some key free throws. Meanwhile, the team's defensive pressure limited St. John to five points. Hundred tallied 11 to gain a very much deserved victory.
"This was a good win for our kids," said Hornet Head Coach Gregory Hostetler. "They fought hard the whole game and never quit. We just need to keep playing well from here on out."
The Hornets opened the game with a lot of intensity - both offensively and defensively - and scored the game's first points on a Morris deuce. They built a 12-4 advantage after one period of play.
Morris paced the Hornets with 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for a double-double, while Moore tacked on 14 points. Nick Phillips connected on two bonus baskets on his way to a 12-point scoring night. Kirk Shriver added eight points, including a three point basket, while Greg Stewart added six points and hauled in a dozen rebounds. In addition, Chris Varner, added a deuce to round out the Hundred scoring.
Travis Ogden was the leading point leader for Bellaire with 19 points.
In the junior varsity game, Bellaire picked up the 30-13 victory. Brandon Armstrong led the way offensively with nine points, while Davin Copeland and Mhar Olayan each tallied a deuce. "We took better care of the ball, but on the other hand we couldn't throw the ball into the ocean if we were standing on the beach," said HHS Assistant Coach Brian Bartlett. "Our offensive production was horrific."
East Richland 35,
After trailing 13-10 in the first frame, the Valley Lumberjacks outscored East Richland 57-35 the rest of the way to gain a 67-48 victory in the opener of the OVAC consolation pool play, Feb. 14 at East Richland High School.
Nine different Lumberjacks tallied points, with Clay Ueltschy leading the way with 13 points, three steals, and rebounds. Hunter Ring and Tristen Kocher tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively, with Kocher drilling two baskets from beyond the arc. Drew Wade added nine points, while Ryan Lemley came off the bench to net nine points and swatted away three East Richland shot attempts.
In addition, Brady Nolan knocked in a triple and a deuce, while Troy Hubbard contributed a deuce and free throw. Hayden Lancaster, Tyler Hayes, and Jon Smallwood each knocked in a basket.
St John 32,
The Valley Lumberjacks outscored Bellaire St. John in all four quarters to claim a 68-32 victory in the finale of the OVAC consolation pool play Feb. 17 in Pine Grove.
Drew Wade netted a game-high 19 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc to pace Valley. Clay Ueltschy and Hunter Ring scored 16 and 13 points, respectively, while Tyler Hayes came off the bench to tally seven markers, including one threeball. Tristen Kocher drilled six points, while Brady Nolan and Jon Smallwood each tacked on a basket from beyond the arc.