Both the Valley Buffaloes boys and girls basketball teams had a good tournament this year.

First the boys –

In the first game played last Wednesday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, Valley was all over Whitehorse, defeating them 59-25. This game was decided early as Valley led 20-8 after one, and 35-11 at the half. The Buffaloes held Whitehorse to only two points in the third frame, as they stretched their lead to 48-13. They cruised to the 34 point victory, 59-25.

Orrin Wood scored 12 points to lead the Buffs. Gavin Hoyt netted 10, with Cameron Franklin getting nine points while grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Braden Heaton also played a solid game with seven points and eight boards.

With the win, Valley was up against Tabiona in their second game on Thursday. The Buffaloes fell behind 15-10 after one period of action. A poor shooting second period by both teams saw Valley score five, while Tabiona could only put in four, for a 19-15 lead at the break. Tabiona stretched their lead to 28-22 after three. Both teams kicked in the offense in the fourth frame, with Valley throwing 18 points into the basket. However, Tabiona made 19 themselves, to win by seven 47-40.

Gavin Hoyt led Valley with 10 points, while Conner Chamberlain and Kyson Spencer netted eight apiece. Cameron Franklin pulled down seven rebounds, and Orrin Wood snagged six off the glass.

With the loss, the Buffaloes dropped into the consolation bracket to face Wendover on Friday. Valley kept the lead the whole game, leading 19-13 after one, and 25-21 at the half. They pushed their lead to 40-34 after three, then exploded for 19 points in the final period, to win by 12, 59-47. They should have won by more, but made only 19 of 34 from the free throw line.

Gavin Hoyt played a great game, scoring 19 to lead Valley in scoring, while also snagging five boards. Conner Chamberlain netted 10, while Cameron Franklin hit eight points and grabbed 11 caroms off the glass. Orrin Wood netted eight points and grabbed nine boards, while Braden Heaton also put in eight, while grabbing five rebounds.

The win put Valley into the battle for fifth place at state against Monticello on Saturday. The Buffaloes used a solid first half to lead 21-8 at the break. They pumped in 32 points in the second half, for an 11 point win over the Buckaroos, 53-42.

Gavin Hoyt scorched the nets for 19 points to pace the Buffs, hitting three from downtown, while also grabbing six rebounds. Orrin Wood almost had a double-double, scoring nine points while pulling down eight boards.

Tabiona went on the win the 1A boys championship with a win over Panguitch in the finals, 47-39. They were the #3 seed from Region 22. Valley was the #1 seed from Region 20.

Now the girls –

On Wednesday, the Lady Buffaloes faced a tough Monument Valley team, the Region 19 #1 seed, in their first game at state at the Richfield High School gym and fell, 53-38.

With the loss, Valley fell into the consolation bracket and Tintic was their next opponent on Thursday. The Valley girls started the game red-hot, scoring 18 in the first period and 16 in the second, to take a commanding 34-6 lead at the half. They cleared their bench in the second half and still won by 22 points, 55-33.

Saige Cox led Valley with 13 points, while Ashlynn Spencer netted 11. Esther Cox added nine and Sierra Saul six.

With the win, Valley’s next opponent was Monticello on Friday. This game was a lot tougher, though the Lady Buffs led 15-11 after one. Monticello took a 21-19 point lead at the break. A big third quarter saw Valley almost double their first half output, making 17 points, to lead 36-31 heading into the fourth frame. An even final quarter had Valley score 12 and Monticello 11, to make the final 48-42 in favor of the Lady Buffaloes.

Three Valley girls were in double figures, led by Esther Cox with 20 points. Saige Cox netted 11 and Ashlynn Spencer added 10.

This put Valley into the Consolation Championship for sixth place in the 1A State Tournament against Milford. This game was close all the way ... all the way until the overtime period that is ... when Valley pulled away for a nine point win, 46-37. Valley led 9-8 after one, and trailed 18-16 at the half. The two teams were tied through three quarters, 23-23. At the end of regulation, the score was still tied, 32-32, sending the game into OT.

Esther Cox led the way once again, this time with 18 points. Saige Cox put in 11, while Whitnee Spencer contributed eight and Page Harris six.

Region 20 was well represented, as #1 seed Panguitch held off #2 seed Piute to win the girls 1A state title, 38-35. The Valley girls were the #3 seed and won the consolation title.

Congratulations to both teams on a great season and tournament!