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’Jills Down Hornet as Palmer Hits Mark

February 7, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The Valley Lumberjills had an easy time with the Hundred Hornets on Feb. 2 as they raced out to a commanding 29-3 lead and never took the foot off the pedal in a 67-10 romp.Sophie Palmer tallied 19 points, including three baskets from beyond the arch, while adding eight rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Jenna Dallison had her best game of the season, scoring 18 points, while hauling in five rebounds and two blocks. In addition, Tessa Dudgeon followed with 11 points, while McKinley Yoho tacked on nine points, including a triple. Caitlyn Underwood, Jamie West and Kaeleen Utt each tallied a deuce. Underwood added five steals and eight rebounds.As a team, the 'Jills had 48 rebounds with 23 on the offensive boards, while making eight blocks and making 17 steals.Victoria Hawkins made a pair of long-range bonus bombs, while Emily Metz sank a deuce. Katherine Henderson was held to a made free throw, as well as Kayley Davis.


Cameron Dragons Bury Lumberjills

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Sophie Palmer

The Cameron Dragons hit eight of their nine three-point bonus bombs in the second half to offset the 'Jills Sophie Palmer breaking the school's all-time scoring record, previously held by Megan Ueltschy, to win, 63-36, in girls basketball action on Jan. 31 inside the VHS Gymnasium.

Palmer buried a three-ball and a pair of free throws to even the game at 6-6 early in the first quarter and never got any closer as the Cameron Dragons outscored the Lumberjills, 30-14, by the break. Palmer scored five of the 'Jills six quarter points, while McKinley Yoho tallied half of the 'Jills eight second period points.

Palmer started to heat up in the third period, scoring seven of the Lumberjills 15 third quarter points, while Yoho buried two baskets from beyond the arch, and Jenna Dallison only bucket for all the Valley scoring in the third stanza.

Meanwhile, the Lady Dragons tickled the twine from beyond the arch six times in the period, including one at the buzzer, while only connecting once from two-point range and at the free throw line to extend its lead to 51-29 heading into the final period.

To the Lady Dragons' credit, they respected the team and Palmer's game tough throughout, until she connected from beyond the arc to break the school's all-time scoring record around the 5:45 mark, before finishing the game on the bench.

"I'm so tickled that she broke the school's all-time scoring record," said VHS Girls Head Coach Jeff Derby. "She earned it. She has been working her tail off this whole season on trying to win ball games. She could have broken this record a long time ago, but that is not who she is. She and her whole family are top-notch people and she came it across honestly."

Palmer led the way with a team-high 17 points, that included a pair of three-point bonus bombs, while adding 10 rebounds for a double-double, and making three blocks and one steal. Yoho followed with 10 points, that also included a pair of triples, and five steals.

In addition, Rachel Bates tallied four points, while Caitlyn Underwood, added three and Dallison a deuce.

The Lady Dragons had four players in double figures with Courtney Walker posting a game-high 18 points, that included four three-balls. Autumn Gossett followed with 14 points, that also included four baskets from beyond the arch.

In addition, Kelsie Meintel and Jordan Hughes tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively, with Hughes scoring one from long range.



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