‘Jacks Lose; ‘Jills Win
The Valley Lumberjacks fell to 1-7 Jan. 10 when they hosted Trinity Morgantown in a contest that ended in Morgantown’s favor, 64-41.
The ‘Jacks never led any quarter and were victims of a 22-4 Trinity scoring run in the second period that ended 49-11. Valley outscored the opponents in the third and fourth period, but it was not enough to head Trinity off at the pass.
Alex Henderson gave a 16-point effort that included two baskets from beyond the arc. Ronald Morris and Matthew Poling logged in with seven points each that included a threeball from Poling.
Garret Ueltschy and Bryan Anderson combined for seven points and Coleman and Clay Ueltschy combined for four points to complete Valley’s scoring.
The Lumberjacks traveled to McMechen Jan. 9 where they fell to 6-1 Bishop Donahue by the score of 74-47.
The teams were tied at 18 at the end of one, but the Bishops went on 18-11 and 26-11 scoring runs in the second and third periods, respectively, to pull ahead 62-40 at the end of the third period. Donahue also outshot the ‘Jacks 12-7 in the final stanza to wrap it up.
Henderson paced his team with 13 points that included two longballs. Morris, who also had a three, finished with seven points.
Burch added six points for Valley, while Poling reported five markers. Burch also threw in two baskets from downtown.
Coleman and Clay Ueltschy combined for eight points, as did Garrett Ueltschy and Justin Carter.
The Lumberjacks suffered another defeat Jan. 6 at Blacksville by the Cee-Bees of Clay-Battelle, 56-43.
Valley finished the first behind by a thin 11-12, but reversed that in the second to take a 29-24 advantage to intermission.
In the third, the Cee-Bees surged ahead on a 17-10 scoring run and put it in the bag with a 15-4 string in the final period.
Henderson led the ‘Jacks with 11 points, followed by Coleman Ueltschy with 10 points that included three from outside the paint.
Poling and Dustin Bickerstaff contributed seven and six points, respectively, including a rocket from Poling.
Ronald Morris sent up four markers for Valley, whose scoring was completed by Carter and Burch, who combined for five points.
Meanwhile, the homestanding Lumberjills scored a 46-37 win over the girls of Trinity Morgantown Jan. 10, leading 16-12 at the end of the first half of play. The ‘Jills outscored their opponents 10-7 and 20-18 in the third and fourth periods, respectively, to gain the nod and move to 6-2 on the season.
Lesta Kocher contributed 10 points for Valley, while Hannah Shaw sent up nine markers that included 3-3 at the charity stripe. Lauren Ueltschy and Aly Weber landed eight points each, while Brittany Guthrie shot six points that included Valley’s only longball.
Jackie Greathouse and Tiffany Hayes combined for five points to complete the ‘Jills’ scoring.
Ueltschy and Guthrie also dished up three assists each, while Greathouse, Kocher, and Weber had one assist each.
In addition, Weber grabbed seven boards and two steals.
Greathouse snagged three rebounds, while Guthrie and Shaw had one rebound and one stolen, each.