Warrior freshmen deflate Raiders

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR CORRESPONDENT
mbirchfield@starhq.com

   The Happy Valley Freshman team continues to build momentum on their undefeated season with a 72-59 victory over Sullivan North at Bayless Gym on Wednesday.
   "We played pretty good tonight, and we did what we set out to do, plus everyone was able to get a little bit of playing time," said Happy Valley coach Chuck Babb.
   The Warriors defensive assault has showed it's strength all year long, and they didn't slow down in their battle against the Golden Raiders.
   "Defense has been our key all year, and we give up a little this game, but we've been averaging around 40 points a game and that's awesome," said Babb.
   Sullivan North scored the first basket of the contest with a dish from Chris Frazier to Josh Greene on the inside.
   Happy Valley came back to post the next 15 points, as Ricky Morgan caught fire by hitting a couple of three's and scoring 14 points in the first quarter.
   The Golden Raiders went on a five minute drought in the first period, and it wasn't until 3:13 left when they made their second field-goal with Jay Vaughn scoring down-low.
   Happy Valley finished the period with Chris Rutledge knocking down a three-pointer, along with a basket off a pass from Drew Davis to give the Warriors a 23-8 lead.
   J.P. Jarvis captured the Warriors first basket in the second period with a shot down-low.
   A pass from Jon Stamey to Todd Caldwell on the inside kept the Warriors ahead midway through the second, but a 6-2 run from North cut the lead to seven with 1:25 left.
   Happy Valley responded by scoring the last five points of the half on a rebound from Ryan May and a three-point goal by Dustin Greene.
   The Warriors led 36-24 at the break and continued to add to their lead in the third quarter.
   They went on an 11-0 run at one point, as Chris Bennett grabbed an offensive rebound for the score to make it a 55-30 margin with three minutes left.
   Morgan kept knocking down his shots to lead the Warriors in scoring with 22 points.
   Matt Senior added some much needed spark to the Golden Raiders by hitting three three-point goals to lead them with 17 points.
   A couple of baskets by Stamey in the final minute of the third gave the Warriors a 63-40 advantage heading into the final period.
   The Warriors had a good showing from their bench, as Rodney Armstrong did a good job of banging the boards and scoring inside.
   "Our starters knew they wasn't going to get a whole lot of playing time, and they did a good job, but our bench also played well, and that's something that hasn't been happening so far this year," said Babb.
   Bradley Gouge sank a couple of free-throws at the line for the Warriors, and Justin Jaynes made their last score of the game off a pass from Vince Hodge inside.
   "Our defense has created most of our wins this season, and plus we shot the ball well, but Volunteer is coming here Saturday and they've improved, so we need to be ready to play or they might beat us" said Babb.