Jr. Cyclones outlast Happy Valley in OT

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   It was almost a game T.A. Dugger's Austin Taylor would want to forget about.
   With the game tied at 30 a piece, Taylor was fouled with no time remaining in the Junior Cyclone's contest against the Happy Valley Middle Warriors last night and missed two free throws under pressure to send the game in overtime.
   Taylor shrugged it off and did what he had to do.
   He opened the period with a nice basket, and nailed both of his free throws late in the extra minutes to lead T.A. Dugger to a 34-31 victory.
   "That killed me," said Taylor, "I just had to come back and keep playing. I just tried to get out there and make up for it to help my team win."
   Taylor was a big key in the win for the Junior Cyclones, as he led the squad with eleven.
   "He played good," said TAD coach James Jacobs, "He's a scorer and he's been missing easy shots, but I think he's got his head on straight. We really needed a big game out of him and we got it, he might've missed those two foul shots down there at the end, but overall he helped us big time and I'm proud of him."
   It was a game of good execution from both squads, with Happy Valley bouncing back from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to even the game.
   The Junior Warriors had strong shooting from Larry Creed and Daniel Shankle throughout the contest, over-countering Travis Bishop and Bo Carter from TAD.
   But in the end it was the battle of the boards that made the final impression on the solid outing.
   After leading 10-5 going into the second quarter, the Warriors didn't respond offensively, giving up the boards that eventually decided the contest.
   "We lost our aggressiveness in the second quarter and let them get too many offensive rebounds," said Happy Valley coach Rik Anderson. "I think that was really the key to the game for us. You have to really go after the boards to be affective, and I don't think we did a really good job in that area."
   "I think the teams were pretty evenly matched," said Jacobs, "Happy Valley and Coach Anderson does a great job with his kids and they always do. Our kids know their kids and its fun to play them and to come over here and get a win is fantastic. The kids are happy, and I'm happy."
   "We just had to stay out there and play hard," Taylor said. "We missed some easy shots. We were getting offensive rebounds and the refs weren't really going our way, but that's something you have to deal with and play hard through."
   Said Anderson: "I thought we handled situations very well. We battled back there and I was proud of the effort. We just kinda folded the tent; but we stayed after it and made some turnovers and big buckets."
   "It was a good effort on our part," he said. "You always want to win, you just gotta look at it and come back tomorrow and get ready."
   Happy Valley hosts Cloudland tomorrow, while T.A. Dugger faces Hampton on the road this Friday. Game time for the latter is 2:00.
   T.A. Dugger (7th) 26
   Happy Valley 22
   The Junior Cyclones bounced out to a win earlier in the evening with a 26-22 clash over Happy Valley in the seventh grade contest.
   Ryan Witten's squad led by eight after the first half, but fell aside as the Junior Warriors bounced back into the contest by tying it in the fourth quarter.
   However, some big buckets from Jake Peters, Ryan Green, and Jordan Coleman was simply too much for Happy Valley, as the orange and white took a victory.
   Jesse Richardson led Happy Valley with six points, while T.A. Dugger's Green led all players with eight.