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Meadowbridge Hold Off Valley, 61-53 In H.I.T.

By Staff | Jan 24, 2018

The Valley Lumberjills took a 23-21 halftime lead in basketball on Jan. 20, but the undefeated Meadowbridge bunch used a 22-9 run in the third period, and held off a visiting Lumberjill fourth quarter comeback, to defeat Valley, 61-53 in H.I.T.second round action.

Sophie Palmer paced the ‘Jills with a game-high 26 points, that included four bonus bombs. Palmer dished out seven assists, collected six rebounds, made three steals, and blocked a shot in a nice all-round game for the senior.

Jamie West also had a nice game for the Lumberjills. She followed Palmer with nine points, that included a three-pointer, and made a steal, while Caitlyn Underwood and McKinley Yoho equally divided 10 markers. They both grabbed three rebounds, with Underwood collecting four steals and blocking a shot, while Yoho also made a steal.

Jenna Dallison and Tessa Dudgeon each scored four points, with Dallison rejecting three shots, and Dudgeon four rebounds. Rachel Bates didn’t score, but she did grab three rebounds and made a steal.

For Meadowbridge, Savannah Millings scored a team-high 14 points, while Karlee Smith added 13, and Kaye Persinger 10 points for all the Meadowbridge double-digit scorers.

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Valley ‘Jills Defeat Paw-Paw, 63-13

The Valley Lumberjills outscored Paw-Paw, 29-2, in the opening stanza Jan. 18. The stamina continued as the ‘Jills cruised to a 63-13 victory in the second round of the Hometown Invitational Tournament.

The Lumberjills’ Sophie Palmer tallied 13 of her game-high 16 points, including a pair of three-point baskets, in the pivotal opening period. The ‘Jills entire varsity team scored at least a basket in the game.

Both the Valley and Paw-Paw team combined for only 11 points in the second period, while the Lumberjills outscored their visitors, 18-0. Both teams combined for 12 points in the final period.

Palmer led all scorers with 16 points, that included four three point baskets. Palmer stuffed the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds and three steals in two periods of action. McKinley Yoho picked up where she left off against Tyler, scoring 13 points, including one basket from beyond the arch. She dished out two assists and made two steals.

In addition, Caitlyn Underwod followed with seven points, that also included a three-ball. Underwood dished out five assists. Coming off the bench, Kaeleen Utt contributed seven points, that included a triple. Utt hauled in four rebounds. Alex Basset scored two three-point baskets and pulled down four rebounds.

Jamie West and Tessa Dudgeon each scored four points, with Dudgeon grabbing five rebounds and making four steals. Rachel Bates and Jenna Dallison each scored a deuce, with Bates grabbing five rebounds.

In the win, the ‘Jills had 12 steals and hauled in 35 rebounds, including 15 from the offensive board. The win also improved their record to 6-3 on the season.

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Valley Lumberjills Defeat Silver Knights, 68-44

The Valley Lumberjills took a 14-8 first quarter lead and continued to build on it, knocking off Tyler Consolidated, 68-44, in girls basketball action. The Boggs Roundball Classic action took plce Jan. 16 inside the Tyler Consolidated High School Gymnasium.

The game saw the return of the Lumberjills’ Caitlyn Underwood, who scored eight points, including one basket from beyond the arc, to open the gate for Yoho to have her best game of her young career.

However, more than the play of Yoho and Underwood, was the presence of two-time Wetzel Chronicle Athlete of the Week Sophie Palmer. Palmer stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, including a three-ball. She also was 7-7 from the free throw line, as well as grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double, while adding a game-high four assists and just as many steals.

In addition, the play of junior Jenna Dallison was just as important as she scored a season-high 15 points and hauled in eight rebounds, while Jamie West and Rachel Bates each contributing four points. Bates also pulled down 10 rebounds and dished off three assists. Kaleen Utt scored 2-2 from the charity line, while Brittany Kennedy sank a deuce. Tessa Dudgeon sank a free throw, grabbed three boards, dished out an assist and made a steal. Alex Bassett didn’t score, but she grabbed a rebound off the bench.

Peyton Kocher paced the Silver Knights with a team-high 14 points, that included four baskets from beyond the arc. JoLee Walton followed with 13 points, that also included a three-ball. Josey Jones finished with 11 markers.

The red-hot Lumberjills have defeated the top-ranked OVAC 1A Beallsville Blue Devils and a very good Tyler Consolidated this

past week. They will head to

Meadowbridge Jan. 20 in a H.I.T. Game before hosting Magnolia Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m. This game will also serve as the Boggs Pizza Roundball Classic Championship.