Knights Fall in Semifinals to ’Jills
Tyler Consolidated and Valley High School tangled on Jan. 15 in a Boggs Roundball Classic matchup. Scheduled to play Jan. 13 was Valley and Magnolia in the championship and Beallsville and Tyler in the consolation game. However, the games were canceled due to bad weather. Magnolia and Beallsville’s girls teams were unable to play due to other commitments, so the Knights and Lumberjills both agreed to play. The championship game between Valley and Magnolia will be set at a later date.
In the game on Monday, Valley took control in the first half and jumped on top, 31-21 at the half, behind 11 points from McKinlee Yoho and eight points from Sophie Palmer. JoLee Walton scored 10 first half points for the Silver Knights while also grabbing six rebounds.
The third quarter also belonged to Valley as they outscored the Knights by one, 16-15. The Silver Knights continued to fight back, but Valley had an answer for each basket and won the frame 19-15. The Knights had three double-figure scorers on the night, led by Walton’s 13 . Peyton Kocher, who has been hot from beyond the three point line, hit four more for the second game in a row and ended with 12 points. Josey Jones came through with 13 points. Rounding out the night’s scoring for Tyler was Amanda Reynolds with five, Regan Smith with three, Alexa Johnson with two, Summer Miller with two and Miranda Weekley with one.
Valley was led by Yoho, who hit a game high 17, and was backed by Palmer with 16. Jenna Dallison scored 15 for the Lumberjills. The Silver Knights will take to the road tonight in an away contest at Wirt County, looking to get back on the winning track.
“We have played some good ball at times, but it seems like we have gotten away from our game plan. We’ve just not been playing very well,” said Tyler Head Coach Cathy Boggs.
“We are not going to give up because that’s not the way Tyler Consolidated plays. This is a good group of girls, and they will work their way out of this. We will continue to work on the things we think are hurting us and go from there. Valley has a nice team, but I feel we just didn’t play very well and we had opportunities.
“We just didn’t convert,” said Coach Boggs.