Third Quarter Run Paces Valley Lumberjills In Tournament
The Lumberjills out-scored their H.I.T. guests Sherman, 25-2, in the third period to help them claim a 48-31 victory over Sherman in the Hometown Invitational Tournament Jan. 21 in Pine Grove.
The Sherman Tide outscored the Valley Lumberjills, 9-6 as the ‘Jills Sophie Palmer scored all six of the Valley points in the period, and seven of their eight second period points, and was heading into the locker room down, 17-14 in favor of the Tide.
Valley came out of the halftime break on fire, as Palmer and Caitlyn Underwood scored 23 of their teams 25 third quarter points to give the hosts a 39-19 lead heading into the fourth period.
Sherman outscored the ‘Jills, 14-8 in the period, but the damage was already done and the Valley Lumberjills stayed perfect in the Hometown Invitational Tournament with two games remaining before the finale.
Palmer was four points shy in outscoring the Sherman Tide, tallied 29 points, while making eight steals, and connected on a trio of baskets from beyond the arch.
Underwood followed with 14 points, while grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing out four assists and making four steals.
Melanie Thomas added three markers, while contributing four rebounds, two steals and rejecting two Tide shots.
Rachel Baker netted a deuce, and hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds.
Cassidy West didn’t score, but she provided five rebounds, three assists and had a steal.
With the win, the Lady Lumberjills improved to 11-2, and 2-0 in the H.I.T. will travel to Hundred Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
Valley ‘Jill’s Win H.I.T. Opener, 74-30
Palmer Breaks School Single-Game Three-Point Record
The Valley Lumberjills’ point guard Sophie Palmer broke the school’s single-game three-point record with six baskets beyond the arc. She scored a career-high 32 points to lead Valley to a 74-30 victory over Doddridge in their H.I.T. opener in Bulldog territory Jan. 17.
The ‘Jills opened the game with a 23-8 advantage after one period of play. Palmer scored 14 points in the period, including a pair of long balls, while Rachel Baker added two baskets.
Valley increased its lead to 43-13 by the break, as Palmer added nine points to her total, while Baker sank seven, including 5-6 free throws to lead the Lumberjills.
Palmer torched the Bulldogs nets with three early baskets from beyond the arc, before being pulled for the rest of the game, while Emma Ueltschy contributed seven and Baker three two-pointers before exiting the game for the rest of the night too.
With Valley up 65-22, and the biggest part of the Lumberjill starters on the bench, Valley outscored Doddridge, 9-8, to gain the first-round H.I.T. nod.
Palmer contributed five assists and five steals, while Baker finished with 17 points, and pulled down eight boards, made two blocks and a steal in two and a half quarters of play.
Ueltschy sank 11 markers, while Caitlyn Underwood and Melanie Thomas each recorded five points. Underwood added four rebounds and made four steals, while Thomas chipped in with five rebounds and two blocked shots. Brittany Kennedy finished the scoring with four points, while blocking one Bulldog shot.
In addition, Cassidy West contributed four assists, three steals and hauled in a pair of rebounds, while Jenna Dallison and Madison Greathouse each chipped in with two rebounds. McKenzie Melott blocked a shot and pulled down a pair of rebounds, while Tessa Dudgeon finished the Valley statistics with two rebounds and made a steal.