Valley outscored Clay-Battelle 10-6 in the fourth period to win a hotly contested girls high school basketball game, by a score of 35-29. The action took place Jan. 2 inside the Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees' gymnasium.
Five different Valley Lumberjills tallied baskets in the opening period to forge ahead 10-9, leading 20-12 at the break.
However, Clay-Battelle fought back to close the game to a one-possession ball game, heading into the final period, 25-23, in favor of the visiting Lumberjills.
The Lumberjills' Rachel Baker netted four of her six markers in the fourth period, while West, Sophie Palmer and Melanie Thomas each recorded two points that proved to be the difference in this contest.
West scored a career-high 10 points to pace the Valley offensive attack, while adding three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Palmer contributed nine points, three rebounds, one steal, and dished out a game-high five assists.
In addition, Thomas responded with six points and one assist, while Rachel Baker posted six points, eight rebounds, and made one assist, and one steal. Jenna Dallison and Emma Ueltschy each knocked down a deuce for all the Valley scoring.
Abbey Ammons led the Lady Cee-Bees with a game-high 15 points, that included two three-pointers. She also sank 7-8 from the free throw line.
Valley Finishes Third In H.I.T.
Palmer Tallies 30 Points In Win
The East Hardy Lady Cougars held a brief 12-11 lead in the first period, but the Valley Lumberjills recovered and outscored the
Cougars, 50-28, the rest of the way to claim third place in the Hometown Invitational Tournament on Feb. 4.
After winning the H.I. T. last year, the Lady 'Jills was bumped up to Division II, and competed well.
Valley junior point guard Sophie Palmer worked her magic once more, scoring a game-high 30 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while gathering up six rebounds, dishing out three assists, and making a trio of steals to pace the Valley Lumberjills.
Caitlyn Underwood added 11 markers, while tacking on five rebounds, and dishing out three assists and making three steals. Jenna Ueltschy sank a pair of baskets from beyond the arc, while contributing three boards and passing out just as many assists.
In addition, Rachel Baker sank three baskets, and pulled down five boards, and made three steals, while Melanie Thomas accounted for four points and five rebounds. Jenna Dallison and Tessa Dudgeon each sank a deuce, while Dudgeon hauled in six rebounds and made a steal.
Cassidy West didn't score, but she added three rebounds and made a steal.