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WAVE JUNIOR Cody Billiter (#10) goes airborne as he tries to lay in a basket over Twin Valley's big man Matthew Baldwin during first half action of Wednesday's non-district game at Grundy  High School. Billiter scored 15 points to lead Grundy to a hard fought 50-42 win over the Panthers. Baldwin scored 16 points to lead Twin Valley 
(Staff photo/Sam Bartley.)

Grundy Turns Back Twin Valley And Haysi in Non-District Play

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

 
A patient offense and an aggressive defense were the perfect combination for Grundy.
  The Golden Wave took the lead for good in the final seconds of the third quarter and held off Twin Valley, 50-42, in non-district action Wednesday night at Grundy High School.
  Grundy picked up a second non-district win last week, edging Haysi, 70-64, Friday night at Sandlick Elementary School.
  Cody Billiter dropped in 15 points and Jimmy Ashby and Bobby Peck each added 12 to lead a balanced attack for Grundy (8-4).
  Matthew Baldwin scored 16 points and Hunter Simpson added 12 for Twin Valley (9-3). The Panthers were without starting point guard Garrett Horne, who sat out the non-district contest after suffering multiple facial injuries in a Friday win over Haysi.
  Peck scored six points, four in transition, in a 10-0 run, as Grundy scored the final five points of the third period and the first five points of the fourth to take a 38-28 lead.
  A defense that forced 20 turnovers and defensive rebounds fueled the key run as the Golden Wave evened the season series at a game apiece with its Buchanan County rival.

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Cobras Get by Haysi in OT, 47-40

   The third time was a charm for Council, which got by Haysi, 47-40, in overtime in Black Diamond District action Friday night at Sandlick Elementary School.
   Matt Boyd hit three three-pointers and tied Justin Fuller with team-high honors for Council with 13 points. Justin Boyd added 11 points for the Cobras.
  Chad Barton was the lone double figure scorer for the Tigers with a game-high 14 points.
   Haysi (3-9, 0-1 BDD) had defeated Council (6-7, 1-0) twice in December, in the Kiwanis Classic at Clinchco and in the Coal Classic at Appalachia.
   The Tigers trailed most of the night in the BDD opener for both clubs Friday, but tied the game late in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Council missed a desperation try from half court at the end of regulation.
   In the extra period, Council did what it could not do throughout the first four periods, hold onto a lead.
   The Cobras scored first in overtime and hit enough free throws in the final minute to maintain an advantage.
   Council scored more points (9) in the extra four-minute period than it scored in the fourth quarter (7).

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Lady Panthers Take Two of Four Games, Including Wins Over Grundy, Richlands

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

   After struggling offensively for much of the season,
Twin Valley put two 60-point games together in three out of four games over the past week.
   The Lady Panthers pulled away from Grundy, 60-43, in non-district action Wednesday at Grundy High School.
   Twin Valley picked up a 61-41 non-district victory at Richlands Monday after dropping a pair of contests on the road over the weekend. The Lady Panthers lost at BDD rival Honaker, 66-60, on Friday (see related story) and fell at Oak Hill Academy, 76-37, on Saturday.
   Pressure defense and a strong second-half from Nikki Honaker were keys Wednesday for the Panthers, who broke open a close game with a pair of big runs.
   Honaker and Samantha Vandyke led an 11-2 run that staked Twin Valley to a 40-27 lead midway through the third quarter. That senior duo, along with Courtney Hagerman, keyed a 12-2 spurt that left the Panthers with a 58-39 advantage after a bucket by Honaker with 2:42 remaining. Samantha Rice led Grundy with 13 points and 19 rebounds. Honaker scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half.
   Kim Street scored 12 points while Vandyke finished with a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
   Honaker and Vandyke each added three steals, while Hagerman contributed nine points and five steals for the Panthers, who forced 29 turnovers.
   "Sam (Vandyke) and Honaker are both good athletes who can get in the passing lanes," Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman said. "We changed our (traps) up a little bit tonight. And we actually made some shots in the paint in the second half. We were 6-16 in the paint in the first half."

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Haysi Drops Non-District Game to Richlands, 70-60

   Jordan Barnett and Ben Mulkey combined for 41 points as Richlands held off Haysi, 70-60, in non-district play Wednesday night at Richlands Middle School.
   Barnett scored 21 points and Mulkey added 20.
   Richlands canned nine 3s in the game, while Haysi added seven. Mulkey hit four treys, Barnett added three and C.J. Arms finished with two three-pointers and nine points for the Blue Tornado.
   Chad Barton hit five three-pointers and led the Tigers with a game-high 29 points. Jelane Mock tossed in 11 points for Haysi.
   The Blues (4-4) built a modest 25-17 halftime advantage and held on in the second half.
   Haysi (3-9) will play at BDD rival Honaker on Friday and host Hurley on Tuesday.

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