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Buffalo gals survive barnburner to take Region 20 Championship
In last week’s Region 1A series opener, the Valley Buffalo Girls breezed through Water Canyon on their homecourt, 49-35. Then the Gals headed to Monroe on Friday for a 23-14 defensive battle, corralling the Bryce Valley Mustangs. The Buffalos had been roped-in twice by the Mustangs during league contests by a combined margin of 18 points.
Saturday night’s enthusiastically packed-house championship game vs. Milford saw them roar back, overcoming a 38-33 fourth quarter deficit to tame the Tigers, 47-45, with 4.3 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a ferocious full-court scramble by tenacious point-guard Esther Cox.
Amidst the cacophony of excited revelers, Esther expounded: “We were red-hot! Couldn’t’ have done it without them. It’s pretty amazing to have the team I do. They came in clutch! Rebounds! Sierra Saul comin’ in with rebounds. Ruth Cox...was on fire tonight. MVP!”
Head Coach Dustin Cox would agree, “Wow! What a tremendous game. Ruth had a great game, from defense to offense! Just for a freshman to step-up big. I pulled her and Janni aside, after Paige and Esther got their fourth fouls. And I told ‘em, ‘You guys gotta step-up. And lead!’
“And they really led the whole game; they really did. And the coaching–staff...Mesia, all of ‘em. It was really special, and we came out with a win.”
Coach Mesia Lamb elated, “The girls played awesome. They worked their tails off. And it showed tonight. They deserve all they’ve gotten; they’re just amazing girls.”
Senior Sierra Saul earned Region All-Academic honors, while juniors Paige Harris and Esther Cox made the All-Region basketball team.
On the way home, the team bus, driven by Mesia’s husband Kelly, a former Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy himself, made a rendezvous around Alton with three on-the-clock deputies, Trevor Glover, Nate Hoyt and Rod Willis, who along with Coral Pink Sand Dunes Managing Ranger Michael Franklin, formed a triumphal convoy of several flashing-light vehicles, caboosed by a Glendale firetruck to welcome our team home again!