’Jills Fall in Consoliation Game
Valley got rocked by Ritchie County 52-23 in the consolation game of the Ritchie Holiday Tournament on Saturday night for their second loss in as many nights. For the Lumberjills who stand at (3-4) on the season the highest scorer was Shyanna Moore who managed six points on two field goals and a 2-2 showing from the free throw line. Ritchie led from start to finish and didn’t allow a Valley point in the firsty quarter. By halftime it was Ritchie 32-4, as the stone cold Lumberjills has more turnovers than points giving the ball away eight times in the first half.
Rebekah Ruppert was a one person show for the Rebels as she knocked in 26 points with 12 field goals an two free throws. Valley scored five points in the tyhird period before Ritchie gave their regulars a break. Valley managed to outscore the Rebels 14-13 in the last frame.
Also scoring for the Lumberjills was McKinlee Yojo with two points, Kim Soles with three, Rachel Bates with one, Brittany Kennedy with one, Kaeleen Utt with two, Madyson Barnette with two, Andrea Thomas with two and Zoe Irwin with four. Valley hit only nine field goals on the night and made 4-8 from the free throw line.
Lumberjills fall to Lincoln County
Valley went up against a tough Lincoln County team in the first round of the Ritchie County holiday tournament on Friday night Daecember 27,in Ellenboro and couldn’t keep pace as the Panthers rushed out to a 21-11 first quarter lead and never looked back.
The Lumberjills hit the first basket for a 2-0 lead but Lincoln rolled off nine straight and the girls from Hamlin smothered Valley with a tight press to gain the upper and roll to the 75-38 victory. The Panthers led by 32 at the end of three quarters and won the fourth frame as well to send the Lumberjills into the consolation game on Saturday night against Ritchie County who fell later in the night to Cameron by one point in a thriller 37-36.
Valley was paced by junior Rachel Bates with 15 points including five from 3-point land, but it wasn’t near enoung as she was the only Lumberjill player to reach double digits. McKinlee Yoho added nine markers for Valleyy including a 3-pointer and a 2-3 effort from the free throw line.
Sophomore Shyanne Moore added six points and made 4-4 from the foul line. Reagan Dallison, Brittany Kennedy, Kimberly Soles and Andrea Thomas all added two points to the Lumberjills total.
Valley made 8-10 free throws and had 19 rebounds in the contest, but only scored 12 field goals while turning the ball over 18 times.
Valley Lumberjills get second win over Paden City
Valley used a strong inside attack to take care of Paden City on Thursday night December 19, in Pine Grove as they got double figures from three girls to take down the Wildcats by a score of 56-40. Paden City played good basketball in the game , but the depth and strenght of the Lumberjills was just to much as they rode the hot hand of Brittany Kennedy for 17 points and Kimberly Soles who got 14. McKinlee Yoho added 12 points for Valley.
Jamie West pitched in with six points, Kaeleen Utt hit for three points, Rachel Bates got a basket for two and Andrea Thomas added two on a basket.
Valley took an 18-10 first quarter lead and held on to go into the half up 10 as both teams hit 13 in the second quarter. The Lumberjills went back to work in the third outscoring the Wildcat 17-7 to increase their lead to 20 entering the fourth period. Paden City took the fourth with a 10-8 advantage.
The Wildcat girls were led by senior Abbe Stackpole who got a team high 12 points and was the only Wildcat to reach double figures. Helping Paden City out in the scoring column was McKenzie Thomas who added eight points. Raven Fulks scored seven and Tanley McEldowney hit for six. Skylar fulks added five points and Brynna Hoskins scored two points to end the Cats scoring on the nights.
Valley improved to 3-2 with the win while the Wildcats fell to 1-5 on the young season.