OUT OF MY WAY — West Valley’s varsity player Derek Wells (left) is pictured during a former game, defending against Springville’s Brian Johnson. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
WEST VALLEY — For the West Valley Central School boys varsity basketball team, this sports season has been filled with comebacks, defeats and players’ in and out of the lineup, due to injuries and illnesses. But, on Feb. 5, the Wildcats defeated Ripley, to win two of their last three games.
“It’s nice to have won two out of our last three games and getting a strong push going into playoffs,” said Coach Jason Kearney. “We have had a pretty good balanced attack on offense and [are] still striving to improve our defense.”
West Valley stormed out to a 18 – 9 lead, at the end of the first quarter, and continued that success, during the second quarter. The boys took a 35 – 19 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats outplayed Ripley, throughout the game, winning every quarter, en route to the 57 – 34 win.
GET TO THE NET — Colton Myers (center) fights through contact, during an earlier game against Springville.
They knocked down a season-high seven 3-pointers. Marcus Enser, Colton Myers and Mike Nowak each knocked down two and Mike Grigsby hit one.
Kearney explained that the 3-point shooting night was a result of patience. “I think the difference was they took good open shots and were more patient, rather than forcing up quick or forced shots,” he said.
Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Mike Grigsby, with 14 points. Grigsby also added seven rebounds and three assists, in the win. Fellow senior Myers scored 12 points and added three assists and four steals.
Senior forward Dylan Westfall was one rebound shy of a double-double, with 10 points and nine rebounds. Westfall has averaged nine rebounds, per game, during the last three games.
Kearney said that he is comfortable with his team’s offense. “Westfall has found his comfort zone offensively and has developed a nice mid range jump shot,” he said. “He was big on the glass against Ripley, pulling down a team-high nine rebounds.”
The Wildcats had lost to Clymer 58 – 27 on Jan. 29. “We shot 9 for 48 from the field and you won’t win many games, shooting that poorly,” Kearney said.
HOW’S MY TEAM? — West Valley Coach Jason Kearney looks on, during the earlier game against Springville.
“We also struggled on the boards; Clymer had 27 offensive rebounds,” the coach said, adding, “We only had 12 offensive rebounds and only 31 total rebounds, for the whole game. I have to give credit to Clymer; they got every loose ball and rebound. We also had 28 turnovers, in the game.”
Leading the Wildcats was Myers, with 9 points.
The Wildcats played Brocton on Feb. 8.