By Steve Keenan
In recent middle school basketball contests:
The Little Devil boys built up a 48-40 lead in the fourth period Thursday before Valley rallied on the strength of Nathan Kincaid’s 3-point shooting.
Kincaid’s clutch trey with about 20 seconds left knotted the score at 51-51, then Collins’ Nick Loving responded with a free throw with 5.4 seconds to go to lift Collins to the narrow win.
Collins (2-1) was led by Logan Erickson’s 14 points. Teammate Andrew Work chipped in 11.
Others in the scoring column were: Loving, 7; Khori Bass, 6; Dietrick Penn, 6; Abraham Farrow, 4; and Tristan Morgan, 4.
Collins coach Andy Kees said his team turned up the full-court pressure in the game’s latter stages. “That created some turnovers for us and we made a little run,” he said.
Valley, which suffered its first loss, was led by Kincaid’s 23 points, which included four 3-pointers. “We were contesting his shot; he was just knocking them down,” Kees said of Kincaid.
Spencer Dean and Garyn Pritt added nine points each for the Greyhounds, Dalton Perdue had eight, and Jimmy Harper scored two.
Valley (4-2) wound up losing its second straight game Monday, a 36-35 verdict to visiting Summers County.
Collins upped its record to 3-1 Tuesday with an easy win over host Ansted. For more on that game, see Monday’s Tribune.
Eastern Greenbrier will visit Collins tonight, weather permitting.
Greater Beckley 32
The Trailblazer boys eked by Greater Beckley Christian 33-32.
Noah Minor tallied 16 points to lead the Ansted attack. Other scorers were: Austin Isaacs, 3; Curtis Gray, 4; Nathan Hanshew, 2; Carson Cochran, 6; and Trevor Harrell, 2.
Samuel Bosley scored 10 points to pace Greater Beckley. Other point-producers were: Jacob O’Neal, 4; John O’Neal, 7; Hayden Fisher, 8; and Jay Moore, 3.
Ansted is slated to host Montcalm tonight.
The Valley girls received solid contributions across the board in turning back Collins last Thursday.
Hannah Foster collected nine points and eight steals to lead the way for VMS. Gracie Gipson contributed six points, eight rebounds and seven steals, and Taylor Oden supplied four points, eight boards and four blocked shots.
Others contributing included: Amaya Walker, seven steals; Kyla Smith, two points and six steals; Kristen Miller, two points and four rebounds; Nia Wallace, two points; and Rachel Starsick, four points.
Taeà Scruggs scored 15 points to power the Little Devils (0-3). Ashley McDowell added six points, and Sian Smith and Brooke Daniels netted two apiece.
“I was very pleased with the effort,” said Collins coach Paul Baker. “We’ve shown a whole lot of progress.”
Valley is slated to entertain Meadow Bridge tonight.
Collins dropped a 33-24 verdict to Ansted Tuesday night.
The Little Devils hosted Fayetteville Wednesday night and will entertain Eastern Greenbrier tonight.
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