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Hornets Hold Off ’Jacks

February 27, 2019
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - STAFF WRITER (BCRAWFORD@WETZELCHRONICLE.COM) , Wetzel Chronicle

The Hundred Hornets outscored the Valley Lumberjacks, 16-6, in the third period to break open a close game and subsequently defeat Valley, 60-50, in the Region I, Section I boys opener, held Feb. 23 inside the VHS Gymnasium.

After starting on fire and finishing the opening period on top, 15-13, the Hundred Hornets saw themselves down, 30-26, at halftime. The Lumberjacks' Ryan Baker sank a trio of 3-pointers in the first half, while the team netted seven in the opening half to lead the way offensively.

Meanwhile, the Hornets' Travis McCoy and Cody Soles paced the Hornets in the first half with nine points each.

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Hundred’s Cody Soles puts up one against Valley.

The Hornets recapped their first-quarter start with a blitzing, 16-5, third quarter to give them a 42-36 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play. Soles scored half of his team's 16 third-period points, while McCoy tallied five. Baker scored four of the 'Jacks five points in the quarter.

After serving up seven treys in the first half, the Hornets' defense held Valley in check in the period to help give Hundred the lead.

In the fourth period, Avery Kinkade swished two from downtown.

The Hornets' Soles sat on the bench for about 12 of the 16 second-half minutes, due to foul trouble, but Martin Baker and Joseph White gave the Hornets some quality minutes in his absence - which included six points and five steals. Logan Norris and Andrew Zedell also stepped up to score 12 of the Hornets' 18 fourth-quarter points.

Baker led all scorers with 22 points, while Kinkade netted 14 points to pace the Valley Lumberjacks. Their teammate, Levi Anderson, only scored six points on two three-balls, but missed a good portion of the second half because of concussion-like systems. Tommy Shannon scored a deuce and a triple. Abe Satterfield was held to a deuce, while Jerry Evatt sank a free throw.

Soles paced the Hornets with 17 points, including the team's only basket from beyond the arc. McCoy scored 16; Zedell contributed 11, and Norris added10 points for four double-digit Hornet scorers. Zedell (16 rebounds), McCoy (13 rebounds), and Soles (10 rebounds), each earned double-doubles.

Baker came off the bench to score four points and make five steals, while White sank the final basket of the game.

Valley finished the season with a disappointing 5-18 record and will lose seniors Avery Kinkade, Ryan Baker and Jerry Evatt, but will return starters Abe Satterfield and Levi Anderson - along with Tommy Shannon, Gavin Streets and Logan Bassett.

The Hornets will move on to play the Region I, Section I and defending state Class A champions, Wheeling Central, on Tuesday, after press time.

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Hundred Hornets Drop, 54-53, Regular Season Finale

Travis McCoy Gets Double-Double In Loss

Down two points with 0.7 seconds in regulation, the Cee-Bees' Seth Casino drained a basket from beyond the arc to sting Hundred, 54-53, in the regular season finale on Feb. 21 and inside Clay-Battelle High School gymnasium.

Travis McCoy paced the Hornets with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and he blocked two shots. Cody Soles followed with 11 points - with one triple - to lead the Hundred scoring.

In addition, Logan Norris tallied nine markers, including a basket from beyond the arc.

Andrew Zedell compiled seven points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and pilfered three. Adam Stevens ended the Hundred scoring with five points, with one basket from beyond the arc.

Livi Carrico paced the Cee-Bees with 18 points, with one triple. Casino punched in 16 points, with four three-balls, as well as knocking in the game-winning deuce for all the Clay-Battelle double-digit scoring.

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Hundred Wins Backyard Brawl OT Thriller, 77-72

The Valley Lumberjacks' Avery Kinkade did everything he could, making half of the Lumberjacks' 28 field goals - including three baskets from beyond the arc. He also sank 2-3 from the free throw line, made a half-dozen steals, and grabbed four rebounds. However it wasn't quite enough to get past Hundred on Senior Night, 77-72 in OT, on Feb. 19 inside the Lumberjacks' gymnasium.

"It was a huge team win; everyone contributed. We had four in double-figures, and it's a win we desperately need," said Jeremy Kelch. "With Coach Wilkins having surgery and our leader Aaron Stevens breaking his thumb, we had to find ourselves and prove to ourselves we can still compete. We did that and look to carry that momentum into sectional play."

The Hundred Hornets scored the game's first three field goals, but the 'Jacks Ryan Baker swished a three-ball at the 5:50 mark to cut the lead in half. However, the Hornets' Andrew Zedell followed with a put-back, but the 'Jacks responded with a pair of free throws and a deuce to close the gap to 8-7.

Sandwiched in between a pair of Hornets, somehow Kinkade sliced his way in between all five Hornets defenders to score a believe-it-not two-pointer that got this writer excited for more. The Hornets' Cody Soles followed with a nice jumper, but Valley added a free throw. And, a beautiful drive by the Lumberjacks' Gaven Streets tied it up, and a Levi Anderson steal and lay-in gave the home crowd their first lead of the game.

However, the Hornets' Adam Stevens sank a three-ball at the buzzer to give the visitors back the lead at 17-16 in a wild and wonderful first quarter.

It didn't take the Lumberjacks long to retake the lead, as Baker swished his second bonus bomb of the night for the 'Jacks' last lead until the fourth quarter for a 19-17 lead.

The Hundred Hornets, who haven't beat the Lumberjacks for quite some time, put on a clinic to end the first half, outscoring Valley 21-6 and ending with a Soles rebound put-back at the buzzer to grab a 36-25 lead at the break.

Valley senior Jerry Evatt opened the third with a deuce, but Soles made back-to-back two-pointers off misses, plus one as well as McCoy rebound put-back to bump the Hornets' lead up to 43-27 with 4:44 left in period three.

Kinkade and Anderson had enough and sank back-to-back two-pointers off Hornets turnovers, before McCoy stopped the bleeding with a deuce. Anderson added three more points off a pair of Hornet miscues before Hornets Coach Jeremy Kelch, subbing in for Head Coach Virgil Wilkins - who is still out of service due to an illness, called a time-out to talk things over.

After the break, McCoy put back his own miss, but Kinkade would score back-to-back baskets off steals, before Soles scored a fast break. Valley scored a pair of freebies with 40.3, and for good measure, the birthday boy Tommy Shannon knocked down a triple before the Hornets' Joe White ended the period with a made free throw to give the visitors a 52-43 lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation.

McCoy gave the Hornets a double-digit lead back with a deuce to open the fourth period, but Valley scored three straight baskets, including an Kinkade triple, to pull to within 54-50.

After a Hundred time-out, Soles scored off a offensive rebound, but Kinkade took the inbound pass and went the distance. But, McCoy scored a basket and one before the 'Jacks' Evatt netted a deuce. The 'Jacks Head Coach John Kocher called a quick time-out with 4:35 left in regulation.

Valley scored six points off a trio of Hornet turnovers, including a Kinkade three-ball, to give the home team their first lead since early in the second period at 60-59.

However, Hundred scored four straight points, including a pair of makes on a Stevens one-and-one, to give Hundred back the lead at 63-60. Baker split a pair of Hornet defenders for a deuce, and Kinkade knocked down his third basket from beyond the arc with 50 seconds left in regulation and a 65-63 lead.

Logan Norris was fouled with 38 seconds left in regulation and had to drain them both to send the game into overtime. With the entire gym silent, he drained them both.

Valley had a chance to win it, but a Kinkade shot slipped out of his hands and the miss was put back up. However, it missed the mark, and the game went into overtime.

In overtime, the Hornets' Mister Zedell missed two shots at the basket, but on the third try was fouled and sank them both to open the OT scoring. Norris scored back-to-back deuces, including a full court pass from McCoy, to give Hundred a 71-65 lead.

After a time-out by Valley with 2:21 left, Kinkade went to work and scored a conventional three-point play, before Zedell added a two pointer for Hundred.

Kinkade scored again, but Soles scored two straight free throws with 49.2 left, and on a Kinkade drive, he would be called on an offensive foul with 29.8 left in regulation.

Norris was fouled quickly, and missed both shots. Kinkade went the distance to pull to within three. On the throw-in, Norris was fouled with 3.5 seconds remaining. This time the junior guard sank them both to end the exciting backyard brawl thriller, 77-72.

Kinkade led all scorers with 33 points for the Lumberjacks, while Baker followed with 11 points to lead the home team. Shannon tacked on nine points, while Anderson netted seven. Satterfield sank five markers, while Evatt added four. Streets contributed three points for all the Valley points.

"I hated we lost, but our boys never quit and we just ran out of time," said Coach Kocher. "You have to give Hundred credit; they also didn't quit."

McCoy paced four double-digit scorers with a team-high 22 points and 17 rebounds; Soles added 19 points and 12 rebounds. Norris contributed 16 points, and Zedell added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Stevens followed with five points, including a three-ball, while dishing out five assists. White added two points.

 
 
 

 

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