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Valley Lumberjills Nip St. Marys Blue Devils

By Staff | Feb 21, 2018

Photo by Bruce Crawford From left are VHS seniors Tessa Dudgeon, Sophie Palmer and Alex Bassett during the Valley Lumberjills Senior Night activities.

The Lumberjills’ Caitlyn Underwood made the three VHS seniors happy on Senior Night when she made a baseline steal with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation, then swishing a pair of free throws to beat St. Marys, 45-44. The girls basketball action occurred Feb. 15 inside the VHS Friendly Gymnasium.

The ‘Jills opened the game with a Alex Bassett deuce, while Sophie Palmer picked the pocket of a Blue Devil opponent and scored a layup to go up, 4-0.

However, the Blue Devils scored a deuce and a free throw to stop the bleeding, but Underwood scored a deuce off a nice assist by Jenna Dallison.

St. Marys tied the game up at six with a long bonus bomb, but Palmer quickly answered with a two-pointer and a pair of Underwood free throws to go up,10-6. St. Marys scored a deuce, and Palmer ended the first quarter scoring with a deuce for a 12-8 Valley lead.

McKinley Yoho scored two straight baskets before the Blue Devils tallied a conventional three-point play. However, Valley went on a 7-0 run to push their advantage to 23-11.

The Blue Devils scored three-straight first shot fouls, but Valley went on a 7-2 run to end the first half, that pushed the Lumberjills on top, 30-16.

To open the third period, Palmer connected from downtown, and the Devils missed six straight free throws before sinking one, with five minutes run off the clock, before making the first of two tries.

St. Marys tallied 3-4 more free throws before scoring its first basket with 2:22 on the clock, to narrow the gap to 33-22. Palmer sank two freebies before the Devils finished the quarter with six straight points to slice into the Valley lead as the score stood at 35-28 heading into the fourth period.

There were 16 free throws attempted with the ‘Jills going 2-2, while St Marys was only 6-14.

The fourth period was pretty much the same as St. Marys made 9-14 tries, while the Lumberjills sank 7-12.

With their 14-point lead down to 42-40, the Devils’ Addie Furr swished a deuce to tie things up at 42-42, and St. Marys took their first lead with 29.6 left in regulation with a pair of made free throws.

Palmer sank one of two with 24.4 left, and St. Marys could have iced the game with 20.3 left but missed both chances, with Palmer getting the rebound and going coast-to-coast. However, this time she was called for a player-control foul and the Devils took it out of bounds under the ‘Jills bucket with 9.3 in regulation.

From this point, Underwood made her second steal of the night and was fouled. She then calmly sank both tries to give Valley the lead.

St. Marys would get the ball down to its left corner for a good look for the win, but the ball hit the back of the rim and fell to the floor to end the game.

Palmer led all scorers with 23 points. that included a trio of three point baskets, while gaining a double-double with 10 rebounds. She also made three steals and blocked a shot to lead the Lumberjills.

Underwood also had a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while making a pair of steals and dished out four assists. McKinley Yoho was in foul trouble for the biggest part of the game and finished with five points, while Jamie West added a deuce, four assists and a pair of steals. Bassett scored the game’s first basket, while Tessa Dudgeon sank a free throw. Valley was 12-18 from the free throw line, while St. Marys made only 20-39 shots that proved to be the difference.

Furr led St. Marys with 16 points, while Clara Bennett tallied 11 for all their double-digit