The Twin Valley boys’ varsity basketball team played the Poultney Blue Devils on Saturday, and led in every quarter. Nine Wildcats contributed to the scoring. “ It was a great team win, with everyone contributing,” said coach Chris Brown.
The Wildcats started out strong, and had an 11 – 2 lead at the end of the first quarter. “We used a trapping defense throughout,” said Brown. In the second quarter, the Devils came to life, but could not catch the Wildcats. At the half the score was 28-17. The Wildcats added five to their lead in the third quarter, and going into the fourth the score was 42 -26. In the last quarter, Twin Valley pulled ahead by another eight points.
“We had great energy from Cooper Pell off the bench. Hayden Reed provided a spark off the bench as well, and Skyler played a strong game,” said Brown.
Skyler Boyd scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Brett Swanson scored 17 points, Hayden Reed five, Logan Park five, Ethan Fox four, Cooper Pell and Jack McHale three, and Dylan Howe one.
TV 61, Green Mountain 49
WHITINGHAM- The Twin Valley boys’ varsity basketball team went up against the Green Mountain Chieftains on Tuesday, and due in part to what coach Chris Brown said was good communication and career-best games for Dylan Howe and Ethan Fox, vanquished their opponents. “We didn’t just have one or two guys for them to worry about. If they covered one guy, they had four other guys to worry about. This is what we have been working for.”
The Wildcats came out fighting, and ran up a 15- 4 lead by the end of the first quarter. “We were at our best early in the game. That was one of our best quarters this year. They were originally playing mostly man-to-man defense but we just picked them apart. We were playing a trap zone defense, and succeeded in stripping the ball from them.” In the second quarter, the Chieftains got fired up, and at the half the score was 29-18.
In the third quarter, the Chieftains were also trying to double- and triple-team players, and at times they left other players wide open.
By the end of the quarter the score was 49- 29. “It makes things much easier for us when we have this many potential scorers for them to have to cover,” said Brown. “They have to run farther and cover more territory. Ethan was an animal on the boards and Dylan scored in the double digits. We’re just doing the same things we have been emphasizing, We aren’t doing anything different, but doing them better.”
In the fourth quarter, Cooper Pell was being covered by two Chieftains as he prepared to jump for a shot under the basket. Brett Swanson called out Pell’s name just as he jumped and Pell pivoted from the basket to Swanson and made the pass. Swanson, who was not guarded, deftly dropped the ball into the basket to the delight of the crowd. “That’s the kind of communication, and the kind of play we have been practicing,” said Brown. “Cooper knew he had these guys on him, and was able to turn 120 degrees and get off the pass. That was a great play. That’s what we have been working on.”
Brown said the Chieftains were a strong opponent and noted that they outscored the Wildcats 20 -12 in the last quarter, closing the gap to 12. “They didn’t give up. They are a good team.”
The scoring was evenly divided among the top four scoring players. Skyler Boyd scored 15 points, Swanson 14, and Howe and Fox each scored 13. Fox had 11 rebounds, Boyd had 10, Logan Park five, Howe four, and Swanson three.
The Twin Valley boys’ varsity basketball team has a home game versus Leland & Gray on Saturday, February 18. Tipoff is at 2:30 pm.