The girls basketball team hosted their fifth annual Buffalo Shootout this last weekend. Kanab, ICS and Green River competed in the tournament, which had a JV and varsity portion.

On the first day, the JV played Green River. The girls started out pretty well, taking an early lead. However, this lead did not last too long as the Pirates were able to get the victory, 44-26. Valley was led by Brooks Eberly with 10 points. Allora Heaton and Brindy Harris each chipped in seven points for the Buffaloes.

The varsity also played Green River. The girls played really well in the first quarter, as they took a 13-3 lead at the end of the quarter. In the second, Green River narrowed the lead down to two points heading into halftime. Coming out of the half, the Buffaloes played pretty strong, as they gained a seven-point lead before the final quarter. In the fourth and final period, Valley stayed tough under the pressure to hold on to a 46-41 victory, putting them into the championship game against Kanab. Amber Sharkey led the way for the Lady Buffaloes with 13 points, and Kayla Maxwell added 12.

The next day, the JV took on Intermountain Christian for third place. After starting out a little slow, the girls were able to accumulate a three-point lead into the half. In the second half, the Buffs had no more problems as they stretched the lead out of reach. At the end, Valley was on top with a 41-24 victory to place third in the Buffalo Shootout.

Brindy Harris led the way with 16 points. Allora Heaton and Cheyenne Cox chipped in with nine and six. Kanab defeated Green River in the championship to win the JV tournament.

The varsity team played their rival Kanab in the championship game. Our girls played really tough. The first quarter featured a couple of lead changes as Valley led 6-5. Kanab came out fast in the second quarter and put a comfortable distance between themselves and Valley at the half, 19-9.

In the third quarter, the Lady Buffaloes played strong and chipped the Kanab lead down a little, but were still down, 27-18. At the start of the fourth, the girls did all they could to stay within reach, as they got as close as five points. But at that moment, the Cowgirls began to play tougher and jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. This helped Kanab get the victory, 47-25. Without the fourth quarter lapse, this championship game could have been a very close game.

Kayla Maxwell led Valley with 10 points and Amber Sharkey put in five points. ICS beat Green River for third place in the other game.

Congrats girls on a great tournament! You played tough and should be proud. Thank you to all the teams who traveled here to play. We appreciate you for coming and making this tournament possible.

The girls will start region play this week. On Wednesday, December 9, they compete at Panguitch. Also, on December 11-12, the freshmen and sophomores play in a tournament at Kanab. Good luck ladies!