“Credit goes to Bellows Falls,” said Twin Valley coach Chris Brown. “They took us out of our game.”
Twin Valley’s game had been using a stifling defense to create turnovers, and then scoring off those turnovers. That has been the Wildcat’s secret to success in wins this season.
But that defense was not on display in the first quarter at Bellows Falls, as the hosts ran out to a 15-5 lead at the end of the quarter. Twin Valley was able to flip the switch in the second quarter, outscoring the hosts 12-7. But the Terriers still led, 22-17, at halftime.
Following the intermission, Bellows Falls again stretched the lead to double digits, outscoring the Wildcats 12-6 in the third quarter. That build the lead to 34-23, and was more than enough for the hosts to hold on for the win.
“We couldn’t get the shots to go down,” said Brown.
Izaak Park was Twin Valley’s leading scorer with 10 points, but he was plagued by foul trouble.
“Izaak did some really good things,” said Brown. “But he fouled out in about 15 minutes worth of work.”
Brown also cited Jack McHale for his aggressive play, especially driving to the basket. But the shots weren’t going in for him, as he finished with three points on one-for-seven shooting. Logan Park had a strong defensive game and pulled down eight rebounds, but only managed four points. Dylan Howe had five points to go with eight rebounds.
Twin Valley also had a rough night at the charity stripe, going five-for-11 for a 45% average.
The loss snapped a four-game wining streak for Twin Valley and moved their record to 10-9 with one game left to play in the regular season.
The Wildcats host Leland & Gray for senior night on Friday evening. Tipoff is at 7 pm. The game will honor senior players Logan Park, Hayden Reed, Josh Carpenter-O’Hearn, Paul Johnson, Cooper Pell, Connor Dupuis, Joe Rafus, and manager Grace Russell.
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WHITINGHAM- The Twin Valley Wildcats had one of their best games of the season on Friday, February 23, as the beat the Green Mountain Chieftains 63-29.
“That was an awesome game,” said Twin Valley coach Chris Brown. “We came out and started pretty well.”
The Wildcats again used an early run to take control of the game. They played strong defense in the first quarter, which lead to some easy baskets and a 15-5 lead by the end of the period. But Green Mountain rallied in the second, outscoring the hosts 12-10 and slicing into the Wildcats’ lead. The score was 25-17 at the intermission.
“It was a close game until halftime,” said Brown. ‘We blew it open in the middle of the third quarter.”
Twin Valley outscored Green Mountain 17-6 in the third, and kept up the pressure in the fourth, again holding the visitors to six points while scoring 21.
“The rotations were sharp and our shots were going down,” said Brown. “We had multiple possessions that ended with a basket after some awesome ball movement. “We had a lot of those great possessions.”