Trojans clip Eagles’ wings in home doubleheader
DRUMMOND – As the fourth quarter of the Drummond-Valley Christian girls game started with the hosts leading by 27, an even more valuable gift was being sent their way courtesy of the Lady Blackhawks of Seeley Swan.
Seeley handed Granite a come-from-behind loss, 47-43, giving the Lady Prospectors their first loss of the season. It throws the District 13C standings into turmoil as Granite, Lincoln, and Drummond all now have one loss. The Lady Trojans and Lady Lynx play for the first time this season Friday night in what should be a real hum dinger.
“We’re just getting there,” said DHS Girls Head Coach Logan Wilson. “We’re a very young team and we’re just clickin’ back up after the Pburg game. We’re playing good basketball now and we’ve gotten to the point where the big thing is let’s get the ball moving and create opportunities for your teammates.
“We’re to the point where the girls want to share the ball so much that they don’t even want to attack, they just keep wanting to get their teammates open. That’s a fortunate problem to have.”
Such was the case Tuesday night as the Lady Trojans rolled out to a 15-8 lead after one period that was extended to 34-11 by halftime.
Lexi Nelson started to the that three-point feeling again, hitting on a trio of shots from beyond the arc on her way to a game-high 13 point on the night. She also contributed four steals and six deflected passes. Kimber Parsons also added 10 points and four assists.
Carys Walker was the top scorer for the Lady eagles with seven.
In junior varsity action, Drummond beat Valley Christian in a half game 15-6. Sawyer Hessler led the lady Trojans with eight points, while Casey James, Kameron Wetsch, and Piper Wetsch each added two. Natalie Graveley rounded out the scorebook with a free throw.
Drummond gets two days to prepare for what could be a decisive game Friday when they host Lincoln.
Valley Christian – 8/3/2/6 – 19
Drummond – 15/19/6/10 – 50
Valley Christian – Coghlan 4, Walker 7, Lorenz 8
Drummond – Parsons 10, Nelson 13, Parke 7, Hessler 3, RCline 6, CCline 6, Graveley 2, James 3
Coming into the game at 2-3, the Valley Christian boys basketball team appeared to be one of the weaker teams in the district.
But as the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving.
The Eagles battled the Trojans to a first-half tie before Drummond put things into another gear, working its way to a 68-46 win. The victory makes them 6-0 on the year and setting them on a collision course with Lincoln Friday in Drummond.
Valley falls to 2-4 with the defeat.
The Eagles burst out of the gate with a 16-12 lead after one period, backed by the strong inside play of Nick Karavandi and his seven points. Drummond countered in the second with a 12-8 margin, knotting the game 24-all at halftime.
But when the third period opened, it was clear that there was a change in the Trojans game play.
“I don’t think we were ready for as well as they played in that first quarter,” said DHS Boys Head Coach Levi Parsons. “They kind of hit us where it hurts and we stood back a step or two. We got a little intimidated by them.”
Parsons noted that this year Trojans don’t take physical play well, and is a trait they need to overcome.
“We had a discussion about what we were doing and what we weren’t doing,” said Parsons of his team’s change in play after the break. “What we weren’t doing was running our offense at all. It was a run-and-gun free for all which turned into us playing way more defense than we wanted to.”
The Trojans outscored the visitors 34-22 over the final two periods to secure the win and stay atop the D13C standings at 4-0.
Brody Rasor remained hot for Drummond, scoring a game-high 21 points and handing out eight assists. Trey Phillips chipped in 13, blocking three shots and dishing three assists of his own.
Zeke Glidewell was the top scorer for the Eagles with 15, with Karavandi adding 13.
Friday’s game with Lincoln will be key for the District 13C standings as both squads are undefeated and the Lynx hold the tiebreaker over the Trojans.
In junior varsity action, Drummond needed an overtime period to best Valley Christian 55-51.
After the Eagles rallied to send the game into overtime, the Trojans outscored them with a basket by Aiden McNally and four clutch free throws by Devlin Coleman. McNally led Drummond with 14 points and Coleman finished with 12.
Valley Christian – 16/8/9/13 – 46
Drummond – 12/12//19/25 – 68
Valley Christian – Panique 3, CGlidewell 5, PReimer 1, ZGlidewell 15, Karavandi 13, McKethen 3, Stoltzfus 6
Drummond – Rasor 21, Parke 7, James 6, Graveley 7, Suthers 2, Phillips 13, McNally 4, Loessberg 2, Goettle 6