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Lady Buffalo hoopsters ready to get a move on

Sevier Valley College in Richfield hosted this season’s Region 1A Preview November 17 and 18. The Valley Buffalos had two pre-scheduled contests beginning with the Manila Mustangs at 5:30, followed by the Tabiona Tigers at 9 a.m. on Saturday, for which the team bus left Orderville at 6:30 that morning.

Senior point-guard Lydia Cox looking for a passing lane while driving for the bucket during Valley’s season-opener at the 1A Preview in Richfield’s Sevier Valley Center. Photos by Jerry Melrose.


The first evening was directed by Assistant Coach/bus driver Me­sia Lamb, in the ab­sence of coaches Dustin and Harmony Cox attending a Farm Bu­reau meeting. Hopes were dashed 45-32, in which Kimber Reeve (senior) led the team with 15 points and Rachel Cox (junior) racked-up 12. Lydia Cox (senior) and Jane Jennings (freshman) joined-in with two each, trailed by Andee Anderson’s solo.


With Head Coach Dustin back at the helm, Rachel reversed roles with her 15, as Kim netted 11. Fresh­men Emma Cox and Lindsey Franklin scored deuces, while sophomores Maddie Cox and Andee each aced in their 51-33 loss. Sophomores McK­aydee Bauer and Te­nacie Roundy played without scoring, as did freshman Teagan Roundy.



Coach Cox comment­ed on the state of the squad after last Mon­day’s 5:30 morning practice. “We didn’t have Lyd (Lydia Cox) or Jane (Jennings) on Saturday. Jane was at the rodeo. She did very good; she won the Poles (Bending event). And then, Lydia won 2A. She played on the 2A team for volleyball. They won the All-Star game. So, sad to miss them, but give them credit there. So, it was good.”


After assessing the team’s Preview per­formance, he observed, “Yeah, things are good ... coming together. Making movements very good. Making it automatic, making it ‘habit.’ One thing that I liked about it is their conditioning. They had legs under them, and just went. They went, they went! Just a little confused on some of the places we need to go to. But they were going; they were going. They’re clicking ... keeping moving. Manila was good; Tabi was good. Good programs, good coaches. We’re ready, ready to go!”


After the Thanks­giving Moratorium, they’ll hit the ground running away from home at Piute on No­vember 29, includ­ing Kanab’s Cowboy Classic on December 1 and 2.

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