Lady ‘Jills Nip Hornets, 59-52
The Valley Lumberjills traveled to Hundred as the light snow started to fall, and plowed over the Hornets 59-52 Feb. 19 on the Lady Hornets’ Senior Night.
The Lady ‘Jills jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Chelsea Kuhn nailed down a bank shot from the top of the key with only 2:30 left in the first period. Lesta Kocher tossed in a jumper and Brittany Guthrie swished the cords from beyond the arc to give Valley a 14-2 advantage. But, a basket from well beyond the arc from Kuhn found its mark as the horn sounded with the scoreboard reading 14-5, Valley.
Guthrie scored once more from beyond the arc to push the ‘Jills’ lead to 17-5 just seconds into the period. A Jordyn Gorby deuce closed the gap to 10 points and a Raven McDiffitt steal could have closed the gap even farther, but the pass from McDiffitt to Nancy Cumberledge was just a little out of reach.
Both teams traded buckets and with a minute left until halftime, McDiffitt stole a Valley pass and went coast-to-coast. The ‘Jills responded with a fast break that finished with a Aly Weber layup.
The Hornets had two shots at the basket in the closing seconds, but they both were off the mark and Valley went into the locker room up 27-16.
The ‘Jills had the ball to start the second half and calmly passed it around the perimeter until Hannah Shaw nailed a jumper in the paint to start the scoring in the second half. Gorby was fouled in the act of shooting and made one of two. Shaw scored again inside, but Kuhn also was fouled in the act of shooting and the Hornets made one of two.
Valley’s Jackie Greathouse scored both her free throws — and Kuhn scored her second three pointer for the Hornets — during the last minute of play of the third period, with the ‘Jills on top 39-29 and eight minutes remaining in regulation.
The ‘Jills turned the ball over on its first possession and McDiffitt made one of her two free throw attempts to begin the fourth.
The two Wetzel County teams went after each other with nice basketball play and even better student body enthusiasm.
McDiffitt scored three straight buckets midway through the fourth to keep the Lady Hornets within reach.
With 4:49 remaining in regulation, Lesta Kocher fell hard to the floor on a drive to the bucket. While she was recovering on the floor, Hundred scored a bucket to pull within four points.
At the two minute mark, Weber made two free throws, but Gorby answered with a basket in the paint to make the score 54-49, Valley.
Weber went to the foul line again and made one of two, but a McDiffitt-to- Lindsay Burley pitch-and- shoot found its mark to again pull Hundred up to within four points of Valley, 55-51.
Hundred had opportunities, but missed shots, while Valley made its free throws down the stretch to gain the nod.
The ‘Jills were led by Guthrie’s 17 points that included a pair baskets from beyond the arc. Kocher added a dozen points before leaving the game, while Weber tallied 10 points to help lead the ‘Jills.
Lauren Ueltschy scored six points, while Shaw and Greathouse each netted five and Tiffany Hayes tossed in four.
McDiffitt and Gorby each led the Lady Hornets with 12 points, while Kuhn added nine points, including a pair of three balls. Others scoring for the Lady Hornets were Tayla Simpson, with seven markers; Cumberledge and Macy Woods each tossed in five; and Burley added a marker in the loss.