The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

January 29, 2013

Tygarts Valley edges past Valley 59-57

BECKLEY — Class A No. 13 Tygarts Valley held on — literally — for a 59-57 victory over No. 9 Valley Monday night in the nightcap of the first day of the Big Atlantic Classic.

After leading by as many as 10 in the closing minutes of the game, the Bulldogs (9-3) saw their lead cut to four, 54-50, when Raeshawn Breckenridge converted on a steal and an assist from Henry Barron to bring the Greyhound fans to their feet.

Tygarts Valley, which was considered one of the top teams in Class A after starting the season 6-0, went to the stall, and it ran nearly two minutes off the clock before Valley (8-3) allowed Brandon Pritt to get inside the defense for an easy layup that put his team ahead 56-50.

The Greyhounds were forced to foul, and, despite some shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch, the Bulldogs were able to maintain the lead. A Valley jumper just before the buzzer sounded made no difference, and Tygarts Valley advanced to play the winner of today’s Greenbrier West-Moorefield matchup in the Class A title game at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Pritt came off the bench to lead the way for Tygarts Valley, scoring 21 points and grabbing three rebounds. Adam Cassell scored 15 points and dished out three assists.

Valley, which led by as many as six points in the opening half, was led by Zac Warden, who scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Breckenridge scored 10 points and had eight boards, and Barron added 10 points and four assists.

The Greyhounds won the rebounding battle 37-26, but Tygarts Valley shot 70 percent from the field in the second half, limiting those opportunities.

The Bulldogs made their living with pressure defense, forcing 17 Valley turnovers and converting many of them for easy buckets on the other end.

Valley, which has now lost three of its last five, will play the Greenbrier West-Moorefield loser at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Valley (8-3)

Henry Barron 4 2-2 10, Raeshawn Breckenridge 4 2-3 10, Zac Warden 6 5-8 20, Arik McGinnis 3 0-0 6, Druw Bowen 1 1-2 3, Drew Jones 1 1-2 3, Keyshawn Payne 0 0-0 0, Cody Winter 2 0-0 5, Dante Wilkerson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 11-17 57.

Tygarts Valley (9-3)

Adam Cassell 6 3-5 15, Brett Griffith 3 0-2 8, Zak Shreve 0 0-0 0, Derrick Villarico 2 0-0 4, Ben Sycafoose 1 5-6 7, Timmy Sparks 2 0-0 4, Brandon Pritt 7 6-9 21, Keighan Chewing 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 14-22 59.

V    13    12    17    15    —    57

TV    15    14    21    9    —     59

3-pointers — V: 4 (Warden 3, Winter); TV: 3 (Griffith 2, Pritt). Fouled out — V: Breckenridge, Winter; TV: none.


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