Trojan teams sweep visiting Valley Thursday
DRUMMOND – It was a night of solid defense that allowed the Drummond basketball teams to dismantle the Valley Christian Eagles Thursday night in the home opener.
Drummond 59, Valley Christian 16
A press so smothering that the Lady Trojans put out any offensive fire the Lady Eagles tried to start. Just 39 seconds into the game Drummond’s press produced six buckets and a pair of Lexi Nelson three-pointers that forced the visitors to call a timeout while trailing 12-0.
“We’ve really worked on that oppress and our conditioning,” said DHS Head Coach Nate Bignell. “Our defense is what’s standing out. Lizzy (Perry) in the middle and Bailey (Parke) is a warrior down on the box and that’s a tough position to play.”
The Lady Trojans gave Valley more of the same in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Eagles 24-5.
Nelson led all scorers in the win with 17 points while Kimber Parsons was close behind at 15. Both had three-three-point baskets in the night and did all of the scoring in the first half.
Perry chipped in 10, also playing just the first 16 minutes. She also had 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, with eighth grader Remington Cline collecting 10 boards.
Drummond gets one night off before hosting Darby Saturday afternoon and evening.
Valley Christian – 4/5/4/3 – 16
Drummond – 24/23/10/2 – 59
Valley Christian – Coghlan 8, Walker 2, Gedney 2, Schneider 4
Drummond – Parsons 15, Nelson 17, Hicks 5, RCline 8, HSawfer 2, CCline 2, Perry 10.
Drummond 46, Valley Christian 28
Despite a third-quarter lull, The Trojans easily beat the Eagles in their first meeting of the ‘22-‘23 season.
“Offensively we struggled a little bit,” said DHS Head Coach Levi Parsons, “we turned the ball over a little more than I’d like. I don’t know if missing Colt (Parsons, illness) hurt us, but we seemed a little out of click on offense. It was a big win. We made a big defensive stand in the third, but we called a timeout and gave ‘em a little butt chewin’ and we shut ‘em down.
“When our offense struggle our defense picked us up.”
Down 23-14 at halftime, Valley made a 5-0 run to start the third period that brought them within four of the Trojans. But Parsons’ timeout stopped the bleeding and got his team back on track.
Offensively it was a game won by committee, with seven players contributing. Brody Rasor had 10 points to lead the way with Scott Parke chipping in eight.
One area of improvement was from the free throw line where the Trojans shot 17-29.
Valley Christian – 6/8/6/8 – 28
Drummond – 12/11/13/10 – 46
Valley Christian – McCoy 3, ZGlidewell 3, Reimer 2, Fisher 2, McKethen 9, Stoltzfus 3, Panique 6
Drummond – Rasor 10, Parke 8, James 4, BeBradshaw 6, Phillips 7, McNally 3, Dunkerson 7
Boys Junior Varsity
Drummond 36, Valley 23
Drummond used a 26-8 over the second and third periods to secure the win and fend off a late charge by the Eagles.
Aidan McNally had a game-high 10 points, with Isaac Loessberg and Dalton Suthers adding eight each.