A 52-31 victory over visiting Ansted Tuesday allowed the Mount Hope Colts to continue their winning ways on the middle school basketball scene.

A 14-4 advantage in the third period doubled Mount Hope’s 10-point lead and put the Colts (6-0) in control, 42-22, entering the final frame.

“Ansted has a good team,” said MHMS coach Bo Morrison. “Their shots didn’t fall.”

Jalen Jones scored 23 points, including 13 in the first period, to lead the Mount Hope surge. Rondale Watson was close on his heels with 18 points. Other scorers were: Shemar Mays, 2; Antonio Gray, 6; and Josh Jones, 3.

Rickie Carter netted 13 and Dallas Miles 10 for the Trailblazers. Glenn Neal contributed six points and Isaac Koch had two.

While Jones and Watson are “good athletes” who’ve led the team this season, Morrison adds, “Our role players are giving us good minutes, too. Antonio Gray is rebounding and playing good defense, Shemar Mays has come up with big baskets for us, and (others are contributing as well).”

The Colts host Fayetteville on Tuesday, Jan. 26. They play at Nuttall on Jan. 29.

“We haven’t played good team ball yet,” Morrison concluded.

Also last week, the Valley girls defeated visiting Meadow Bridge 25-7 on Wednesday.

Kelsey Bird tallied 11 points to lead the Greyhounds (6-2). Other scorers were: Christina O’Dell, 2; Abby Buchan, 6; Jordan Barnhart, 2; Lauren Pleva, 2; and Danyca Thomas, 2.

Caitlin White scored five for the Wildcats. Felicia Pomeroy and Missy Moody added a point each.

The Valley boys improved to 7-1 with a 37-21 victory over Meadow Bridge. They pulled away with a 17-6 showing in the final period.

Raeshawn Breckenridge had 12 points and Joseph Eckert 10 for the ‘Hounds. Also in the scoring column were: Keyshawn Payne, 5; Steven Mitchell, 2; Zac Warden, 6; and Henry Barron, 2.

Logan Pomeroy led Meadow Bridge with 10. Other scorers were: Kyle Killen, 4; Todd McClanahan, 3; Kyllan Gillian, 2; and Dakota Brooks, 2.

“We were playing pretty good before the break,” said Valley coach Joe McCoy. “We haven’t played to our potential since.

“Hopefully we can get back on track before the tournament.”

— Steve Keenan

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