The Valley girls basketball team played a few games this last week. On December 29-30, they participated in the Cowgirl Classic in Kanab. On January 2, the girls traveled to Milford for a region game.

Valley opened the Cowgirl Classic playing the host team, Kanab, in both JV and Varsity.

Valley’s Varsity started well with the help of great defense, as the Buffs bolted out to a comfortable 7-2 lead with a few minutes remaining in the first quarter. Kanab got their offense going and were able to tie the score at 7-7 to end the first quarter.

The Cowgirls came out faster than Valley expected in the second, as they built up a 14-8 lead. Kori Cox netted a three-pointer to pull Valley within three. Kanab bounced back with three points of their own to gain a 17-11 advantage. After scoring a basket just a few seconds before, Valley made a good defensive play as Kenzie Leigh was able to steal the ball and go the distance for the basket with 20 seconds remaining in the quarter. Kanab scored a basket with a few seconds to go, giving them a 19-15 halftime lead.

Out of the half, Valley struggled to get their offense going. Because of this inadequate play, the score at the end of the third quarter showed 35-19 for the Cowgirls. The fourth quarter started out with a couple quick baskets by Kanab. With three and a half minutes left in the game, Nikki Milligan drained a three to cut the Cowgirls huge lead down to 42-23. With 40 seconds left, Valley cut the deficit down to 17, but that was as close as they could get, as the Cowgirls denied the Buffaloes with a 45-26 victory.

Poor free throw shooting plagued the Buffaloes, as they were only able to convert six of 23. Nikki Milligan led the way for Valley with nine points. Kayla Maxwell and Kori Cox added seven and five points respectively.

The JV game was an exciting one. The Cowgirls started on a good note with an 8-4 first quarter. In the second, the Buffs came back and tied it going into the half, 10-10.

Valley came out of the half focused and ready to play. They sprinted out to a 23-16 lead heading into the final period. Instead of holding the lead, however, the Lady Buffs came out flat in the fourth. The Cowgirls outscored Valley 15-2 in the quarter to run to a 31-25 victory. Brindy Harris netted nine points and Allora Heaton added six points for Valley in the loss.

With the losses, both teams would play for third.

The varsity team played against Gunnison. They played a good game from start to finish. With the help of Kayla Maxwell’s 27 points, Valley was able to get the win and third place with a 47-34 advantage. Kenzie Leigh added eight points for the Buffaloes. Kayla Maxwell was voted to the all-tournament team.

The JV took on Bryce Valley. This game ended up in a big and disappointing loss for the Buffs, placing them fourth in the tournament.

The Lady Buffs played the Milford Tigers in region play. The varsity started out fairly well, crawling out to a 10-6 advantage in the first quarter. They played even better in the second quarter, shooting their way to a 25-16 halftime lead.

The third quarter was a defensive battle. Valley still held the lead heading into the fourth quarter, 31-23. Valley did everything they could in the final period to keep their lead and get the victory. This they did, as they powered to the region victory, 46-34.

Kenzie Leigh led Valley with 14 points, while Kayla Maxwell and Nikki Milligan chipped in 11 points apiece. On the other side, Andrea Mayer was the game’s high scorer with 21 points.

The JV game was a low-scoring affair. At the end of the game, Valley was on the wrong side of a 19-13 score. Brindy Harris led the way in the loss for Valley with four points and Cheyenne Cox added three.

The Lady Buffaloes have one region game this week, at VHS on Thursday, January 7, against Wayne. Also, we have the opportunity of hosting the sophomore tournament this year. This will take place on January 8-9. Good luck VHS!