Lumberjills Fall Short In Battle Of Heavyweights
It was a match up between number one and and number two in the OVAC Class A when the Valley Lady Lumberjills traveled to McMechen Jan. 5 to take on the Lady Bishops of Bishop Donahue. In the end, the ‘Jills suffered their second consecutive loss, 43-34.
The ‘Jills trailed 12-8 after one. But, in the second, the teams matched each other point for point as both teams got 11 points in the second quarter to give Donahue a 23-19 halftime lead.
The Jills stayed in the game close in the third, as the score after three was 32-26, Bishops. Donahue put the game away late in the fourth, outscoring the visiting Lumberjills 11-8 to get the nod.
Valley scoring on the night: Lesta Kocher, 8 points; Lauren Ueltschy, 5; Brittany Guthrie, 7 markers, Alyson Weber, 6 points; Hannah Shaw, 6; and Tiffany Hayes, 2.
The Lumberjills got set back to 5-1 Jan. 2, when they fell 40-53 to the also undefeated visiting Lady Dragons of Cameron.
The Dragons, who led 15-9 after one, continued the pressure in the second, going on a 20-13 scoring run that sent the teams to the break with the Cameron holding a 35-22 lead.
The third period was much tighter, with the ‘Jills sending up five markers to Cameron’s four. But the damage had already been done and the Lady Dragons sealed the victory in the final stanza.
Guthrie sent up 13 points for the ‘Jills that included 6-8 from the line and the team’s only threeball. She also grabbed three boards, dished out one assist, and hijacked three basketballs.
Weber followed with 12 markers and five rebounds, while Kocher made good on nine points, four rebounds, one assist, and one stolen.
Valley’s scoring was completed with two points each from Hayes, Shaw, and Jackie Greathouse. In addition, Hayes grabbed a rebound and dished out one assist, while Shaw had two stolens. Greathouse grabbed five off the glass and had one assist.
The ‘Jills tip off at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, against visiting Morgantown Trinity.