Jr. Warriors nab  pair of victories

By Ivan Sanders

   Johnson County used a tough one-three-one defense against Happy Valley, forcing the Warriors to rely on their outside shooting.
   Todd Caldwell answered the challenge by drilling four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 22 points, lifting Happy Valley to a 52-39 middle school victory.
   The defense applied by the 'Horns was effective in the paint, but the Warriors still managed to outscore Johnson Co. in every quarter.
   Gary Evans and Kevin Boyd had excellent offensive games for the 'Horns scoring 11 and 10 respectively. Boyd had eight of his points in the fourth period to keep the 'Horns within reach of the Warriors.
   Buckets by Morgan and Davis of Happy Valley sealed the victory for the Warriors in the fourth quarter.
   Happy Valley -----------------51
   Little Milligan-----------------23

   On Friday, the Warriors paid a visit to Little Milligan, and dominated the Buffaloes inside to take the win by 28, 51-23.
   "I was very happy to see that some of our players hadn't been wasting their time in practice," stated Warrior head coach Rik Anderson.
   "Each of our players contribute some in each game, but tonight we were able to get some of the players a little more playing time than they normal get."
   Jon Stamey, Andrew Norman, and Allen Dykes all made the most of their floor time as the three combined to lead the Warriors to victory.
   Payne was the high man for the game, as the Little Milligan Buffalo hit for 11 points, nine of these on treys. Harper added five for Little Milligan.
   "Coach Odom does a great job here," stated Anderson. "He doesn't have an over-abundance of talent, but he uses the talent he does have very well."
   Happy Valley has their final conference game Monday at Hunter. Each team has taken one victory in head-to-head matchups this season.
The Tigers of Hunter were on the prowl Friday in Hampton, and Bulldogs were on the menu.
   Peters of Hunter had a big outing, as he would score 22 first half points on his way to a game-high 36 points. Waters, Hartman, and Lowe would contribute seven points each for the Tigers as well.
   Potter led the Bulldogs with seven points, followed by Ingram, Ford, Honeycutt, and Roark scoring six each.
   Church Hill---------------44
   T.A. Dugger-------------43
In a barn-burner that came down to the fourth-and-decisive quarter, the Panthers of Church Hill pulled off the one-point upset of the Jr. Cyclones.
   The Cyclones would grab the lead at the end of one period, 14-8. They would manage to maintain a slight edge at the half 25-18.
   The third quarter would see the Panthers fight back to tie the score at quarter's end, 36-36.
   The game came down to the wire with the Panthers slipping past the Cyclones for the victory.
   Ernie Bray led T.A. Dugger with 14 points, followed by Michael Radar's 10 and 9 from Derrick Nave.
   T.A. Dugger-----------------42
   Ross N. Robinson-----------47
The Redskins sprinted out to a 23-4 lead, and held off a determined Jr. Cyclone team to take the five-point win.
   The Cyclones were finally able to get their bearings back in the second period, outscoring the home standing Redskins 12-1 in the quarter.
   The Cyclones scrapped and fought their way back to within two at the end of the third quarter, 30-28.
   The Redskins quelled the Cyclone uprising in the fourth quarter to take the win.
   The big "E", Ernie Bray, led the Jr. Cyclones with 21 points. J.C. Adkinson netted 7 and Michael Rader tallied six for T.A. Dugger.