WEST VALLEY — An 0 – 2 hole, to start the season, did not keep the West Valley junior varsity boys basketball team in the losing side of the standings. After their game on Dec. 17, the Wildcats improved to 3 – 2, with a 46 – 26 win, against North Collins. Patrick Enser led the way, with 11 points and Emil Erlandson had 10 points. During the second quarter, the boys scored 19 points, buoying the team with a 23-point lead, at halftime.
Nine players scored for the Wildcats. With the help of Justin Summers’ 7 points, Jacob Ploetz’s 6 points and Caleb Homan’s 4 points, West Valley overtook the home team. In addition, Jared Ras, Lucas Smith, Matt Proctor and Dan Colf scored 2 points, each.
That game was part of a home-and-home set with North Collins. Both games went in West Valley’s favor. WVCS nearly doubled North Collins in points, during the pair of games, winning by a combined score of 87 – 44. The first of the two games was played on Dec. 14 and West Valley sported an even larger margin of victory, winning 41 – 18. Enser scored 20 points. Ras had 10 points, while Erlandson had 4, Ploetz scored 3 and the pair of Summers and Jacob Sloand had 2 points, each.
The wins came in spite of a 30 – 28 loss, to the same opponent, on opening night, in the first of two straight losses. The Wildcats are now 2 – 1, with North Collins, on the season, which is the final record between the two teams. Despite playing three of their first five games against the Eagles, West Valley will not meet North Collins again, in the regular season.
“The Wildcats avenged the season opener loss to the Eagles, by controlling every facet of the game,” said Coach Kristopher Fuller, regarding the first game of the set. “West Valley raced out to a 17 – 5, first-quarter lead and never looked back.”
The defensive squad of Enser, Ploetz, Homan and Smith limited the visiting team to 6 points in the second half in that game, which evened West Valley’s season record.
After scoring 28 points in each of its losses, West Valley has averaged 44 points, per game, during its current winning streak. Fuller said he hoped that offensive touch would continue, as the boys traveled to Clymer on Dec. 20, in pursuit of their fourth, straight win. The team’s next game is scheduled for Dec. 27 in Springville at 6 p.m.