Valley Wins In H.I.T.
By BRUCE CRAWFORD
When Lumberjack senior point guard Trey Streets is hitting his perimeter shot, he can be a nightmare for defenders.
That was the case Jan. 29 in Pine Grove as the sharp-shooter scored a game-high 26 points, including four bonus bombs from beyond the arc to lead Valley past the Doddridge Bulldogs, 75-66, in H.I.T. boys basketball action.
“You have got to stay confident throughout the game, no matter what happening,” said Streets, who also grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists, and made two steals.
“I’ve learned through the years, on bad days as well as today, just to keep the faith and just keep shooting if I’m open, and today they finally started falling in.”
The ‘Jacks Joey Preat opened the game with a rebound put-back, but Doddridge answered with a two-pointer of its own to knot it up.
Valley’s Tucker Cain scored back-to-back fadeaways, before the Bulldogs rebound putback stopped the bleeding.
Streets then sank the front end of a pair of free throws, before Doddridge sank a 3-pointer in front and back end of a Dylan Irvin triple to knot the game at 10. Irvin tallied the ‘Jacks next three points, while the Bulldogs cashed in on a a pair of two pointers and free throws. However, Streets and Cain scored the final two baskets to give the hosts a 18-16 exciting first quarter of non-stop action.
After Doddridge scored the first two baskets of the second period, the Valley student body got fired up and stood up and cheered like there was no tomorrow. That spear-headed the Lumberjacks the rest of the way.
Streets sank a pair of freebies two minutes into the second stanza, and after another Bulldog two-pointer, the Lumberjacks sank four of six free throws, before Cain went coast-to-coast with a deuce to give Valley a 26-22 lead.
After a Doddridge time out, they sank a free throw and a bonus bomb that tied things up at 26. Streets netted a pair of three-balls mixed in with a Doddridge three-ball and two-pointer. Irvin then sank one of two free throws, while Doddridge answered with a deuce, before the Lumberjacks closed out the first half with a pair of Cain buckets and an Irvin two-pointer to go on top, 38-33 at the break.
Valley for the biggest part of the final period was up seven points, then back down to a point, before pushing the advantage back to seven points. With Valley on top 69-66, Irvin and Alex Midcap each swished a pair of freebies, and Irvin netted a game-ending deuce for the win.
Doddridge sank nine triples to keep them into the game, but Valley led by Streets four triples sank seven.
Streets led the way offensively with a game-high 26 points, while Cain netted 20 points and made three steals. Irvin contributed a double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds, while adding four steals and blocking four shots.
In addition, Preat netted seven points and rejected two shots, while Midcap posted six points, eight rebounds and two steals. Levi Streets ended the Lumberjack scoring, tallied a deuce.
The win pushed the Lumberjacks into the HIT Semi-final against St. Marys this Friday night in Pine Grove, with the junior varsity tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m., and the varsity to follow.
Streets Leads Valley Past Cee-Bees, 62-48
Trey Streets buried five of the teams 10 baskets from beyond the arc to help lead Valley Lumberjacks to a convincing 62-48 win over Clay-Battelle Jan. 28 in Blacksville.
The ‘Jacks raced out to a modest 27-21 first-half lead, but the long-range shooting of Streets with five treys, Alex Midcap and Kinsey Utt with two, and Levi Streets with one triple ignited the Lumberjacks with a 35-27 run in the second half to gain the nod.
Trey Streets finished with 19 points, while Tucker Cain sank a baker’s dozen to lead the Lumberjack charge. Midcap followed with eight markers, while Utt and tickled the twine fro long range twice.
In addition, Joey Preat sank three baskets, while Dylan Irvin scored five points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Levi Streets buried a triple and a deuce for all the Valley scoring.
Clay-Battelle’s Jaret Hockenberry tallied 19 points to lead the Cee-Bees.