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Girls basketball: Hoover rallies on the road

SMITHERS - It looked for much of Wednesday night like Valley was going to avenge a previous loss to visiting Herbert Hoover.

The Greyhounds led 31-22 at halftime and 48-42 with 3:22 to play.

But with the Huskies' baseline-to-baseline defense and fast-paced offense, it does not take long for a game to change.

Thanks mainly to a barrage of 3-point baskets from sophomore Bethany Romine, Herbert Hoover finished the game on a 17-2 run to take home a 59-50 win.

A Romine 3-pointer with 2 minutes remaining put Hoover ahead for good.

"Coming into the year that was what we were expecting from her," Huskies' Coach Greg Ullman said. "Last week against Weir she hit four 3-pointers in two minutes that started an 18-2 run."

Romine hit 6-of-12 shots, all from beyond the arc, in the second half and finished with 20 points.

That came on the heels of a 1-of-5 first half effort as it took a while for Romine to find her touch.

"At first I didn't," she said. "Then I felt like I was getting with it."

Ullman looks for more of those nights down the road.

"She's capable of getting five or six (3-pointers) every night," he said. "She's also been taking the ball to the basket more and that's getting her more open looks."

Just like Romine the Huskies have been getting with it all season.

Last year their drive to post the program's first winning record in over a decade fell just short in finishing 12-13. After Wednesday night's victory, this year's team is sitting at 9-5.

Bailey Aab added 12 points, mostly inside for Herbert Hoover.

Actually, the 59 shots the Huskies put up Wednesday night was unusually low for them.

They were in character in the second half when they took more shots.

"That's our method," Ullman said. "Keep shooting and hope they start hitting them."

After shooting 33 percent (9-of-27) in the opening half, Hoover hit 41 percent (13-32) after the break.

For its part, Valley (8-3) fixed one of the problems it had in the first meeting with the Huskies when the Greyhounds committed 45 turnovers.

"We obviously cut that severely," said Valley Coach Richie Cantrell, whose team had 18 turnovers. "But not enough to win."

"They handled our press well," admitted Ullman.

Valley star Alexis Payne was pressured the entire game with Aab assigned to her for much of the second half and other players dropping back to help whenever Payne penetrated.

Payne finished with 21 points and 23 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute.

Herbert Hoover (9-5)    FG    3Pt    FT    Pts

Makayla Shamblin    1-2    0-0    2-4    4

Jordan Marshall    0-6    0-6    0-0    0

McKenzie Edmonds    2-5    1-2    0-0    5

Bailey Aab    5-7    0-0    2-4    12

Emma Chapman    1-4    0-1    0-0    2

Caroline Thornburg    3-9    3-8    0-0    9

Hannah Schoolcraft    1-4    0-0    1-4    3

Zoey Carte    2-4    0-0    0-0    4

Bethany Romine    7-17    6-14    0-1    20

Kari Harding    0-0    0-0    0-0    0

Emily Brown    0-1    0-0    0-0    0

Lee Ann Spencer    0-0    0-0    0-0    0

Totals    22-59    10-31    5-13    59

Percentages    .373    .323    .385

Valley (8-3)    FG    3Pt    FT    Pts

Alexis Payne    9-28    0-1    3-8    21

Kelsey Bird    3-13    1-2    1-2    8

Gracyn Grubb    5-10    0-0    0-0    10

Abbie Buchan    2-3    0-1    4-4    8    

Emily Beard    1-4    0-0    1-2    3

Alaysha Taylor    0-2    0-0    0-0    0

Lauren Pleva    0-0    0-0    0-0    0

Emily Smallwood    0-0    0-0    0-0    0

Totals    20-59    1-4    9-16    50    

Percentages    .339    .250    .563

Herbert Hoover    9    13    19    18    -    59

Valley    15    16    10    9    -    50

Rebounds: Hoover 33 (Aab 9), Valley 52 (Payne 23, Grubb 12).

Turnovers: Hoover 11, Valley 18.

 


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