‘Jacks Win Two, Lose One
The Valley Lumberjacks raced out to a 16-9 lead and never looked back in handing the host Toronto Red Knights a 60-37 defeat in the OVAC consolation matchup, Feb. 15.
After holding a 33-22 advantage at the break, the Lumberjacks outscored the Red Knights 14-2 in the third period to put the game away and secure the victory.
Ronald Morris led all scorers with 20 points, including a pair of three-point baskets, while hauling in a team-high seven boards and three steals. Garrett Ueltschy added five points and stole a game-high four basketballs. Kody Jenkins, Alex Henderson, Drew Wade, and Davie Sivert each contributed five makers, while Clay Ueltschy, Jeremiah Burch, and Cameron Price finished the ‘Jacks’ scoring.
The Valley Lumberjacks fell behind early, 35-23, and didn’t have enough in the tank to get by Cameron in the OVAC consolation game in Pine Grove, Feb. 18.
Clay Ueltschy and Ronald Morris each led the ‘Jacks with 11 markers, while Jeremiah Burch and Kody Jenkins combined for 15 points. Alex Henderson dropped in five points, while Drew Wade and Garrett Ueltschy both knocked in four points, and Davie Sivert, two points.
In the ‘Jacks’ last regular season game held at Hundred’s Hornets Nest, Feb. 21, Valley would smolder the nets with 50 points between the two middle periods that was good enough to get by Hundred 80-48 heading into the West Virginia sectional winning three of their last four outings as hot as any other team in the valley.
Jenkins led the Lumberjacks with 15 points, including a trio of long-range bombs, while Morris netted 14 markers, including a triple. Henderson contributed nine points, Wade six points, and Hunter Ring a deuce.
For Hundred, Dalton Kuhn netted a game-high 18 points, including a basket from well beyond the arch, while Tyrell Watson added 15 points. Nick Phillips sank two three-balls. Rusty Morris and Brady Koontz each added three markers for Hundred, while Kirk Shriver swished a pair of free throws.
Valley will start their sectionals Feb. 26 at Cameron High School, while Hundred will visit the Maroon Knights at Wheeling Central High School, also Feb. 26. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m.