Blue Devils Knocked Over Valley Lumberjills, 67-37
The Blue Devils’ Jordan Fox knocked down a quartet of 3-point baskets en-route to a 27-point outing, and St. Marys rolled to a 67-37 win over visiting Valley, to advance to the championship game of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament Saturday.
The Blue Devils scored 17 points in the first, second and fourth quarter, while adding 16 in the third to gain the championship bid. Valley-Wetzel fell to 13-4 after the loss, was led in scoring by Sophie Palmer with 17 markers, two steals and two massists, while Emma Ueltschy added eight points. Caitlyn Underwood finished with five markers, while Melanie Thomas sank three, and Rachel Baker scored two points and hauled in 10 rebounds.
Kylee Buzzard (14 points) and Jenna Nichols (13) also finished in double-digits for SMHS (12-5).
Meanwhile, the Lady Devils will travel to Tyler Consolidated Monday for a 6 p.m. matchup against a very-hot Silver Knights team that is 5-1 in their last six outings.
The Lumberjills will host Cameron Jan. 30 and will host Clay-Battelle Feb. 2 before playing for third place in the H.I.T. finale Feb. 4.
Lady ‘Jills Prevail Over Hornets, 65-25
Eleven out of a dozen Valley Lumberjills scored, while only five Hornets dented the score sheet in a 64-25 Valley victory inside the Hornets Nest on Jan. 26.
Seven ‘Jill players tallied 24 first quarter points, while holding the Lady Hornets to only a Hailey Eastham deuce. Sophie Palmer and Rachel Baker each netted three baskets, while Melanie Thomas scored four points and Caitlyn Underwood ripped one from long range to lead the way offensively.
The second period was a little of the same, as the ‘Jills had three girls score two baskets each, while two Lady Hornets posted points. Palmer had a three-ball and a two-pointer, while Jenna Dallison and Baker each tallied a pair of deuces. Katelyn Henderson
swished a triple and a free throw, while Tonya Hawkins sank a deuce for the Hornets.
Five different Lumberjills scored in the third period, with Palmer leadomg the charge with a pair of three-balls and a deuce, then was finished for the night. Emma Ueltschy ripped the cords from long range, and a two-pointer to pace the Lumberjill cause.
Eastham was the only Hornet denting the score-board with a pair of deuces.
In the fourth period, McKenzie Melott lit one up from deep range, while Ueltschy and Madison Greathouse each sank a deuce for the visitors.
Henderson and Madeline Goff each drilled a deuce and a triple to lead the Hundred scoring.
Palmer, Baker and Underwood only saw action in the first three periods, while only two of the 12 Valley players didn’t see action in the first period. Everyone else played all four quarters in a nice gesture by the Valley coaching staff.
Palmer led the way for the ‘Jills with 19 points, while adding eight steals, four assists and hauled in three rebounds. Baker followed with a dozen markers, while Ueltschy scored eight. Both Underwood and Jenna Dallison each scored six points, with Dudgeon also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds off the bench.
In addition, Thomas sank two baskets, while Melott sank a triple, and Cassidy West, Greathouse and Tessa Dudgeon each contributed a deuce. Brittany Kennedy didn’t score, but she accumulated four rebounds for Valley.
For the Lady Hornets, Henderson led the way with 10 points, while Eastham added six, Goff five, and Miranda Gray and Hawkins each sank a deuce.