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Valley Lumberjills Succumb to Cameron Dragons, 46-26

By Staff | Dec 20, 2017

Photos by Bruce Crawford The ‘Jills #30 Brittany Kennedy and the Knights #25 Josie Jones, along with the Knights’ Amanda Reynolds, and the ‘Jills’ #40 Kaeleen Utt fight for a rebound.

The Cameron Dragons raced out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and never looked back in handing the Valley Lumberjills a 46-26 set back on Dec. 16 in Dragon territory.

The Lady Dragons have done what no other team could do, that was hold the ‘Jills Sophie Palmer to only a bucket.

The ‘Jills McKinley Yoho paced Valley with a dozen markers, while Rachel Bates followed with five points and four rebounds. Tessa Dudgeon tallied three points, while hauling in a team-high six rebounds.

In addition, Palmer and Jenna Dallison each scored a deuce, while Kaeleen Utt swished a pair of free throws.

The Lumberjills will try to get back into their winning ways will travel to Weirton to take on the Blue Dons of Weirton Madonna tonight at 7 p.m.

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Silver Knights Give Lumberjills First Lost

The ‘Jills Sophie Palmer missed a game-tying basket from beyond the arc at the buzzer, as Tyler Consolidated walked away with a hard-fought 51-48 victory on Dec. 11 in Pine Grove.

The Knights’ JoLee Walton sank a pair of freebies to open the scoring, but Palmer swished a runner to even things up at 2-2.Tyler’s Peyton Kocher raced down to complete a fast break with an easy bucket to give the visitors the lead back.

Things went bad for the ‘Jills shortly after as their second leading scorer, Caitlyn Underwood, went down after making a steal and went coast-to-coast before ending up on the floor with a bad ankle injury and never returned.

Things went bad again as the team’s steal machine, Jenna Dudgeon, went to the bench after picking up her second foul and didn’t return the rest of the period.

Palmer took total control with the absence of her two top players and knocked down a jumper at the top of the key to even things up once more. Walton netted a deuce, while Josie Jones tallied a free throw and a triple, that forced a Valley time-out at the 3:07 mark.

After the short break, the ‘Jills Jenna Dallison started a six point run to close the gap to 11-10. Jones scored on a nice reverse lay-up, but Valley’s McKinlee Yoho was fouled after making a steal, netted the last of a two shot foul, while teammate Brittany Kennedy ended the first quarter with a pair of made free throws to even things up at 13-13 heading into the second period.

The Knights scored two straight baskets, before Palmer and Jenna Dallison knotted things up once more with a pair of two-pointers.

Tyler went on a 10-4 run to close out the first half, to take a 26-21 lead into the locker room.

“I’m so proud of the girls for coming together after losing Caitlyn and Tessa,” said Head Coach Jeff Derby.

It took a minute before the first points were scored in the second period with the ‘Jills Yoho connecting once more on the back-end of a two shot foul. After another minute passed, the Knights ‘Walton answered with a deuce.

Dudgeon returned to the lineup and scored from beyond the arc, while Rachel Bates scored back-to-back two-pointers to give Valley the lead back since midway in the first quarter.

However, Tyler would respond to close out the third period with a 11-7 run, ending with a Palmer deuce at the buzzer, with the Knights clinging to a 41-38 lead.

Valley scored two straight rebound put-backs by Dudgeon and Palmer to open the final period to get the lead back, but the Silver Knights answered with two Jones baskets and a deuce by Alexa Johnson to get the lead back inside the two minute mark.

Palmer swished a deuce and called a quick timeout, with the Knights up by three at 1:31 remaining in regulation.

After the short break, Valley quickly fouled Johnson to set up a 1-1 situation. Johnson missed, but she can the rebound and was fouled once more and made the first to make it a two score lead.

Palmer raced down the floor and completed a three-point play with 36.8 seconds remaining. However, Johnson matched that with a basket and one with 29 seconds remaining.

Palmer tried to duplicate, but missed the shot that rolled around the rim and fell out. She tallied the first try, but missed the second that ended in a tie-up. However, the ball went to the Knights.

Tyler got the ball down in front of the Knights bench, when Palmer made a steal and lofted a three pointer at the buzzer to end a hard-fought girls basketball.

Tyler had three girls hit in double-figures with Jones leading the way with 15, while Walton and Kocher following with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Palmer paced the ‘Jills with a double-double (29-points and 12 rebounds), while adding four assists and four steals. Dudgeon followed with seven markers, including a three ball, while collecting seven boards and making two steals.

In addition, Bates swished three baskets, while Dallison made two baskets, and Yoho swished a pair of free throws. Jamie West made two steals and pulled down a rebound, while Underwood made a steal before leaving early in the contest.

“Wow what a game. Both teams left it on the court,” said Coach Derby.