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Lumberjacks Pluck Blue Eagles

December 20, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Valley Lumberjack Levi Streets led three Valley double-digit scorers to help Valley defeat Magnolia, 63-52, Dec. 15 inside the MHS HammerDome.

The 'Jacks raced out to a 20-8 lead as Streets (8 points), Peyton Bassett (6 points)and Tyler Kocher (4 points) secured 17 of the Valley Lumberjacks 20 first-quarter points to grab a 20-8 lead.

The Blue Eagles would not go down easy, as they took the lead by the end of the second period, 34-32. Blue Eagle senior Leo Herrick would take total control, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds, while teammate Jake Gamble adding six more to lead the Blue Eagle comeback.

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Ryan Baker cuts through the Magnolia defense for a layup attempt.

Both teams went sour early in the third period, with the Lumberjacks taking back the lead back at 42-41 with one period to go. In the fourth period, the Lumberjacks Streets and Avery Kincade combined to score 18 of their 21 points of the quarter, while Herrick again took charge scoring all but three of the Eagles 18 points in the period.

Herrick opened the fourth quarter with one freebie and a deuce to get the lead back at 44-42. But Streets would again give the back to the visitors.

However, Herrick put the Eagles on his back, scoring a triple and a deuce to give the hosts the 49-45 lead that caused the Lumberjacks Head Coach John Kocher to call a timeout.

After the break, Kincade swished a pair of freebies, but Herrick would score his own miss, while Kincade added a three-ball, and Herrick countered with a pair of made free throws.

However, Valley scored the game's next eight points, ending with a deuce by Levi Anderson to retake the lead at, 57-53, but Herrick stopped the bleeding with a charity toss at 1:12 left in regulation. Kincade and Kocher shared three charity toss, before Herrick knocked in a short jumper with only 38 seconds left in regulation, making the game a two-possession contest.

But, the 'Jacks Ethan Greathouse, Streets and Kincade recorded four freebies, before Gamble tickled the twine with a bonus bomb for the game's final points, with the Valley Lumberjacks securing their first win against Magnolia since 1960.

Streets led the 'Jacks with 20 points, while contributing five rebounds, five assists and making four steals, while Bassett adding 15 points, that included four long range bonus bombs and grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double.

In addition, Kincade scored 14 markers, while Tyler Kocher added seven points and grabbing a team-high 15 rebounds. Greathouse and Anderson each swished a deuce, while Ryan Baker sank a free throw.

For the disappointed Blue Eagles, Herrick compiled a game-high 31 points, that included a bonus bomb, while earning a double-double with a game-high 21 rebounds.

Gamble followed with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while Garrett Babe knocked down eight points, that also included two bonus bombs.

William Nice scored three points, while Eli Nice added a deuce, and DeMarco Smith sinking a free throw.


Valley Lumberjacks Ground Hawks, 56-39

The Valley Lumberjacks outscored their hosts, South Harrison Hawks, in three of the four quarters, leading the 'Jacks to an exciting 56-39 victory, Dec. 14.

Levi Streets led all scorers with 16 points, while Avery Kinkade followed with 10 points, including a pair of long-range bonus bombs to pace Valley.

Ethan Greathouse tickled the twine four times, while Levi Anderson scored all nine points from beyond the arch. Peyton Bassett sank two buckets, while Tyler Kocher scored a deuce and a free throw. Ryan Baker sank a deuce, while Jerry Evatt and Caden Palmer each knocked down a free throw.

Logan Peck and Camden Batnette scored 14 and 13 points, respectively to lead South Harrison.



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