‘Jacks Fall In Sectionals
The Cameron Dragons used a 21-11 run in the second period and held off a late Valley Lumberjack rally to win the WV Class-A region one sectional opener, 60-54, Feb. 26, in Cameron.
Valley fell behind 8-0 to open the game, but fought back to take a 10-9 advantage after one period of play, thanks to three Garrett Ueltschy baskets and a block at the buzzer.
However, the Dragons would retake the lead and go into the locker room up, 30-21.
The Lumberjacks pulled to within three points on a nifty Ronald Morris to Alex Henderson three pointer, but Cameron followed with a three of their own and tacked on a deuce for good measure to give them a double-digit lead. But, a pair of free throws and another three pointer by Henderson brought the guests to within three points once more.
Again, the Dragons took control and built its lead back to 10 points before a Morris deuce and a pair of Jeremiah Burch freebies from the line stopped the bleeding at 41-30 with one period remaining.
Morris would drain a triple to start the final period and would add three more baskets from beyond the arch before the day was done. But, after being down as much as 13 points, and losing Clay and Garrett Ueltschy to fouls, the Lumberjacks would knot the game late in the contest.
Shortly afterward, the Dragons would tally the final six points to get the win.
The Lumberjacks were paced by Morris with 23 points, including four three pointers all in the final period, while Garrett Ueltschy added 13 markers and Henderson 10 points. Kody Jenkins followed with four markers, while Burch and Davie Sivert each added two points.
Burch, Clay, and Garrett Ueltschy each grabbed seven rebounds, while Jenkins and Burch each delivered three assists. Both the Ueltschy boys swatted away a pair of Dragons shots, while Clay kidnapped three Dragons balls.
The Lumberjacks will lose seniors Cameron Price, Cody Bates, Gregory Anderson, Daniel Brewer, Garrett Ueltschy, Jenkins, Sivert, Henderson, Burch, and Morris to graduation.