Lumberjills Split Two Games
The Valley Lumberjills opened the season with a 2-1 record after splitting a pair of games last week. Against Tyler Consolidated, the ‘Jills scored a season-high 10-baskets from beyond the arch to lift Valley to a 70-48 victory over a stunned Silver Knight squad Dec. 14 inside the VHS Gymnasium.
The Lumberjills and the Silver Knights went toe-to-toe the whole opening quarter, but after 8-minutes of play, Valley was on top, 14-13 with senior Jamie West leading the charge offensively with half of their 14-points.
In the two middle period’s Valley out-scored Tyler Consolidated 43-20 to take a commanding lead before calling off the dogs in the final period of play. Rachel Bates and Vallerie Soles took top scoring honors in the second period with seven and five points, respectively, while McKenzie Yoho netted all nine of her third period points from beyond the arch, while both West and Soles each netted 5-points in the 25-point in the third period.
West netted 5-points in the fourth, while freshman Addison Brown scored a deuce and a free throw in the quarter.
Nine of the 11-Valley players scored, with West and Yoho leading the way offensively with 19 and 14-points, respectively. The two ladies netted 33 of the teams 70-points, with Yoho swishing four baskets from beyond the arch and West three. West, also had 3-steals, while Yoho had 5-steals and grabbed 3-rebounds.
Soles also had a fine game, scoring 10-points with two baskets coming from downtown.
In addition, Raven Dallison tacked on 8-points, and blocked 2-Tyler shots, while Rachel Bates netted 7-points and grabbed a game-high 13-rebounds. Brittany Kennedy added 6-points, 6-rebounds and 2-steals, while Brown netted 3-points, Kaeleen Utt scored a deuce, while Andrea Thomas swished a free throw.
“We had been talking about a lot as a team about intensity and focus and the girls showed a lot of both in this game,” said Valley Head Coach Kasey Sapp. “We had good ball pressure and rebounded on defense, and on offense we shared the ball and every girl in the game was willing to give up a good shot to get a great one for the team.”
The Silver Knights was paced by Caleigh Phillips with 14-points, with one three-ball, while Lauren Templeton and Landry Buchanan netted 12 and 10-points, respectively for all the Knights double digit scoring.
Madonna 51, Valley 38
The Weirton Madonna Blue Dons out-scored the Valley Lumberjills, 19-9 to break open a close game to grab a 51-38 victory Dec. 12 inside the VHS Gymnasium.
Madonna raced out to a 11-2 first quarter lead, but McKinsey Yoho drilled a deuce and swished a pair of free throws, while dishing out an assist to teammate Brittany Kennedy for the quarter’s final basket to get right back into the ball game, at 11-7.
Valley knotted the game at 12-12 with a Raven Dallison rebound put-back and a Jamie West 3-pointer, and took over the lead before the Lady ‘Dons scored a trio of free throws and a deuce to hold a 18-16 lead at the break.
Valley scored the first two baskets to open the second half and took a 5-point lead midway through the period on a Rachel Bates triple and a Brittany Kennedy deuce that forced a Madonna time-out.
After the brief TO, Maddona scored 12 of the last 16-points to grab a 32-29 lead with one period remaining.
However, Madonna scored the first 6-points, and 12 of the next 15-points to quiet the Valley crowd.
Kennedy paced the ‘Jills with 10-points, while West added 8-points, and Yoho 7-points. Bates added 5-markers and hauled in a game-high 15-rebounds, while Dallison netted 4-points and 6-boards. Kaeleen Utt and Andrea Thomas each scored 2-points for all the Lumberjill scoring.