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Valley Nets First H.I.T Title

By Staff | Feb 10, 2016

Photo by Bruce Crawford The Valley girls’ basketball team celebrates its H.I.T. championship.

Four Valley players tallied double-doubles to lead the Lumberjills to their first Division II Hometown Invitational Tournament (H.I.T.) Saturday, Feb. 6 at Sherman High School in Boone County, by the score of 68-46.

The Lumberjills were road-weary from the last couple games at Bellaire, Weirton and Boone County during the week and were a little tired at the start of the championship match with Union Grant, but still led, 11-7 after one period of play.

The Lumberjills started to pull away in the second stanza, out-scoring Union 21-10 to take a 32-17 advantage at the half, with Sophie Palmer scoring 10 of her 14 points, while Madison Arnolds adding 13 of her game-high 21 points to lead the charge.

In the third period, the ‘Jills responded with 17 points, while Union netted only 10 points to extend their insurmountable lead to 49-27 with one quarter remaining.

Both teams scored 19 points in the final period as the quartet of Arnolds, Palmer, Erin and Kaitlyn Brown each had recorded double-doubles on the night.

Arnolds scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Palmer sank 14 markers, including two bonus bombs and dished out 11 assists. Erin and Kaitlyn Brown evenly split 20 points and 20 rebounds.

In addition, Caitlyn Underwood and Rachel Baker each netted six points, while Madeline Thomas sank a free throw. In the game, the ‘Jills made 29 shots from the floor, while only knocking in 6-13 free throws. Union Grant only tallied 12 baskets, but converted 19-32 free throws.

Arnolds and Erin Brown each earned all-tournament team honors. Colleen Burdock scored a game-high 24 points for Union, while teammate Angel Mann, tallied am bakers-dozen.

Lumberjills Fall To Blue Dons, 62-44

After traveling to Bellaire, then Weirton after just missing a chance to compete for the OVAC Class A championship and traveling more than two hours after school to Weirton, the road-weary Lumberjills started to put things together in the fourth period, but it was a little too late as Madonna took care of the Valley Lumberjills, 62-44, in the OVAC Class A third place match-up Feb. 11 in Weirton.

Madonna went right after the tired Lumberjills from the get-go, and by the end of one quarter, the Blue Dons were up, 21-9.

Things didn’t get any better in the next two periods, as the Blue Dons outscored their guests, 35-17 in the next two quarters, before Valley closed the game out on a 18-6 run.

The Lumberjills’ Sophie Palmer led the way for the ‘Jills with 13 points, including their only triple of the game. She also passed out five assists and made four steals, while Erin Brown contributed 10 points and hauled in four rebounds.

In addition, Rachel Baker and Caitlyn Underwood each tallied six points, with Baker grabbing a team-high six rebounds. Madison Arnolds, Tessa Dudgeon and Jenna Dallison each recorded a basket for the Lumberjills.

Monica Bragg led-all scorers with 24 points, while teammate Kasey Canei sank 10 points to lead Madonna.

St. John Holds Off Late Valley Rally In OVAC Semifinals

St. John shot 26 free throws in the second half, including 8-of-11 in the fourth period, to help them claim a 62-59 victory against Valley, Feb. 1 in Bellaire.

The Lumberjills were paced by Erin Brown, who was two boards from getting a double-double tallied 20 points. Palmer was an assist away from a double-double, checking in with 14 points.