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Lumberjacks Start Season With 2 Wins

December 14, 2016
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

The Valley Lumberjacks outscored Paden City 20-9 in the first half, and held on for a 49-42 victory, in Bob Burton Gymnasium Dec. 9.

Dylan Irvin paced the Lumberjacks with 23 points, while Alex Midcap netted 12 and Levi Streets 10 points. Ethan Greathouse tallied four points for all the Valley scoring.

Paden City's Aaron Heasley led the Wildcats with 21 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc, while grabbing eight rebounds and making two steals. Hayden Hizer provided a dozen markers, while making two steals, pulling down three rebounds, and dishing out three assists.

In addition, Garrett Cross sank a pair of two-pointers, while Trey Slider sank a triple, and Matt Saxton a deuce.

"We struggled to get the ball in the basket, and that made the difference, we had open shots coming off screens, but nothing was falling for us tonight," said Paden City Head Coach Fred King. "I thought my kids did a good job limiting them to second chance points. We told them at the half, not to give up; we were still in the game.

"Valley has a nice team, and is well coached; I was proud of the kids effort tonight. We are still in the learning process, and we will get better with each outing."

The Lumberjacks will look to keep their winning streak intact, will host South Harrison Tuesday and will travel to Tygarts Valley Dec. 16, while Paden City will host Williamstown Tuesday, and will visit the Hornets Nest Dec. 20.

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Greathouse Scores Game-Winner, In Home-Opener

The Lumberjacks' Ethan Greathouse scored the game-winner with .23 ticks left in regulation to help the Valley Lumberjacks defeat Tyler Consolidated, 53-52, in their home-opener Dec. 6 in Pine Grove.

The Silver Knights' Jace Reed tallied the game's first points with a pair of made free-throws, but the 'Jacks' Dylan Irvin followed with a short jumper to knot things up.

The Silver Knights' Griffin Phillips and Reed each knocked down baskets from beyond the arc to give the visitors a 8-2 lead that forced Valley Head Coach John Kocher to call a quick timeout.

After the break, the Lumberjacks' Alex Midcap put back a miss, but the Knights' Dylan Roberts then buried 1-of-2 free throws.

After a Midcap three-ball, the Silver Knights' Reed and Tyler Anderson each swished two-point baskets to extend the lead to 13-6.

However, the 'Jacks' Levi Streets ripped the cords from beyond the arc, in between a Peyton Bassett deuce, to give Valley the lead at

15-13. Irvin added a two-pointer, before the Knights' Trent Smith knocked down a jumper at the buzzer for an exciting Valley 17-15 advantage after one period of non-stop boys' basketball action.

Midcap put back a miss off a rebound, but Roberts answered back with a deuce. However, Midcap trumped that with a long-range three-pointer.

Roberts netted the back-end of a two-shot foul, while Anderson followed up with a pair of charity tosses, and a deuce to knot things up at 22-22.

Neither team could put the ball in the basket early on in the second period, after back-to-back-to back misses, until Irvin and Streets each sank a two-point shot to break the deadlock at 26-22.

Tyler West drained a two-pointer for the Knights from the corner, but Streets added a charity toss, to end the first half scoring to

give the hosts a one-point advantage at 27-26.

Midcap and Streets each tallied five markers to pace the Valley scoring, while Roberts and Anderson scored five and four points,

respectively, for Tyler Consolidated.

Roberts drained a triple to open the second half, while Quenten Richmond and Reed added a deuce and a free throw, respectively to give the Knights a 30-27 lead.

Irvin drained a pair of free-throws, but Tyler Consolidated Roberts and Colby Buchanan sank a three-ball and a two-pointer to push the Silver Knights lead to 35-29, that forced another Valley time-out.

After the break, Irvin sank a jumper, but the Knights' Richmond and Reed sank a charity toss and a deuce to build its lead to 38-31.

The Lumberjacks' Greathouse stopped the bleeding with a pair of free-throws, but Reed answered with a pair of made charity tosses of his own. Austin Lowe sank his only basket of the night, after a pair of made charity tosses by Irvin.

Anderson drained a pair of two-pointers, while Buchanan added a made charity toss of the third quarter to give Tyler Consolidated a

10-point advantage at 45-35, with Tyler out-scoring Valley, 21-8 in the period.

Reed opened the final period with a deuce to extend their lead to an even dozen. However, Greathouse and Streets each sank a basket from beyond the arch in between a Midcap free throw.

Greathouse drained a pair of made free-throws, before Reed stopped the bleeding with a pair of freebies of his own to extend its lead to 49-44.

Roberts added a deuce while Streets countered with one of his own with the assist going to Kyle Moore. Phillips drained a pair of free throws, but the later one didn't count because of a free-throw lane violation.

Midcap scored inside with a nifty assist by Greathouse. Greathouse would then add a rebound put-back and a deuce, in between a made Irvin free throw to give Valley a 53-52 lead and the win, as both Valley and Tyler Consolidated each missed multiple basket attempts and free throws.

"All the players contributed to the win," said Coach Kocher.

Streets paced the Lumberjacks with 14 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc. He also added seven assists and pulled down six rebounds. Irvin netted 13 markers, while earning his first double-double of the season with 23 rebounds, and four assists.

In addition, Greathouse tacked on 11 markers, six rebounds and two assists. Midcap also added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Bassett and Lowe ended the Lumberjack stats with three and two points, respectively.

Reed paced the Silver Knights with 16 points, including a three-ball, while Roberts followed with a dozen markers, including a pair of three-balls. Anderson contributed eight points, while Phillips added six points, including a long-range bomb. Richmond, sank a triple, while Smith, West and Lancaster each added a deuce, and a Buchanan charity toss. The Silver Knights made 14-25 free throws, while the Lumberjacks only made 10-25.

 
 
 

 

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