Pioneers knock off Happy Valley

By Travis Brown
STAR Staff

   Friday night at Bayless Gymnasium the Happy Valley Warriors played solid basketball -- before wilting in the fourth quarter. The David Crockett Pioneers walked away with the victory 61-41.
   What was shaping up as a competitive basketball game turned into a track meet in the final period, as the Warriors shooting touch went frigid scoring only two points during the fourth quarter.
   The game boiled down to simply containing Crockett point man Kevin Hammonds. Lethal from three-point range, and solid running the offense, Hammonds led all scorers with 22 points.
   On Hammond's shoulders, Crockett took a two-point first-quarter lead. The Warriors put together their best basketball in the second period.
   The Warriors spread the wealth to five different scorers in the second quarter, as Jeremy Maddox, Tim Whaley and Andrew Bowman each contributed four points.
   Taking a 29-29 score into halftime, Warrior head coach Charlie Bayless was satisfied with his interior play.
   "We get it inside well," Bayless said. "We just have to find someone to shoot from the outside."
   The third quarter saw the HV offense slow down, as Crockett coach Marty Street consolidated his defense in deep to solve the inside threat.
   Street, a state championship player who played under Bayless in 1974, saw his outside shooting begin to pull away, as Hammonds hit a big three as time expired in the third period.
   The last minute trey put the Pioneers up by 6 heading to the final period. The Warriors would not come any closer, as the shooting touch was not to be found.
   Crockett cracked down on defense and got the job done from the foul line. As the fourth quarter continued the ballgame began to get out of hand.
   Over the entire second half, the Warriors were outscored 32-12 en route to a 61-41 final.
   After the contest Bayless discussed the aspects of his team which need polishing.
   "They outscrapped us in the second half, and they killed us from the foul line," Bayless said. "We have to get better from the outside."
   Despite the loss, the game holds special significance for Bayless, who coached opposite of a former player. Bayless has experienced the same feeling during his playing days with coach John Treadway.
   "I really wanted to win those games against Treadway," Bayless said. "I hope (Street) goes on to win the state, I like to see my boys go on and do well."