By Steve Keenan
In recent middle school basketball games:
Led by Latrell Collier’s 17 points, Bluefield had little trouble with the visiting Collins boys Tuesday.
Andrew Work tallied eight points for Collins (5-4). Others providing offense were: Tristan Bragg, 6; Khori Bass, 5; Tristan Morgan, 3; Nick Loving, 2; Dietrick Penn, 2; Logan Erickson, 1; and Ian Donelow, 1.
The Little Devils face Fayetteville Friday at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building.
The home-standing Little Devil boys turned up the heat against Valley Thursday.
“We played extremely well,” said Collins coach Andy Kees. “We used full-court pressure for four quarters.
“We really put a lot of pressure on their ball-handlers. We wore them down as the game went on.”
Kees also said his defenders paid special attention to Valley shooter Nathan Kincaid, who had hurt Collins in the teams’ previous meeting. “We tried to focus on Nathan Kincaid; we emphasized containing his shooting.”
Collins (5-3) was led by Dietrick Penn’s 15-point effort. Other point-producers included: Andrew Work, 9; Abraham Farrow, 6; Logan Erickson, 5; Tristan Morgan, 4; Khori Bass, 2; Tristan Bragg, 2; and Ian Donelow, 1.
Kincaid was limited to three points for VMS, which got a team-high 11 points from Dalton Perdue. Others in the scoring column were: Jimmy Harper, 6; Garyn Pritt, 4; and Nick Gipson, 3.
The Valley girls took a big early lead before Collins rallied for the victory at home Thursday.
“We were up 13-4 then we collapsed,” said Valley coach John Whitt.
Collins was led by Taea’ Scruggs, who provided 13 points. Other scorers were: Brooke Daniels, 6; Alyssa Richards, 5; Madison Surface, 4; Sian Smith, 2; Ashley McDowell, 2; and Shondayha Knight, 2.
Hannah Foster netted 15 points to pave the way for Valley (5-4). Gracie Gipson contributed nine points, seven rebounds and six steals.