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WVCS girls junior varsity basketball team wraps up the season with two more wins

WEST VALLEY — With the basketball season’s coming to a close, the junior varsity girls basketball team from West Valley Central School had two more chances to leave its mark.

The Lady Wildcats entered their road game against the Brocton Bulldogs on Feb. 8, with a 5 – 9 record, having gone 2 – 3, during their last five games.

Throughout the season, West Valley had difficulty finding consistency, according to Coach Bryan Hanson, but the team reached the level it was looking for, during these final games.

To close out their road schedule, the Wildcats defeated the Bulldogs with a 32 – 9 effort. “We used balanced scoring and strong team defense to defeat [them],” Hanson said. West Valley was up 13 – 0, at the end of the first quarter, and continued to build that lead, holding a 20 – 0 advantage, at halftime.

Leading scorers were Jordan Seltzer and EmmaLea Erlandson, with 8 points each, followed by Alex Gentner’s 7 points. Sidney Ploetz scored 4, Cameron McLeod had 3 and Alycia Currie, along with her four rebounds, rounded out the scoring, with 2 points.“It was a great team effort that led to the win,” Hanson said.

The final test of the season came on Feb. 11, with a home date with the Ellicottville Eagles. West Valley won its second straight, to end the season by a 35 – 24 score. “We were never behind and pulled always in the fourth quarter to earn the victory,” Hanson said.

Seltzer led the way again, racking up 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. Erlandson scored 7 points, to go with eight rebounds, and McLeod finished, with 6 points and five rebounds.

Gentner and Kelsey Chai had 4 points each and Ploetz made 2 points. “It was a great team victory and a great way to end the season,” the coach said.

The girls’ final record was 7 – 9, including a 7 – 4 record in league play and a 5 – 3 mark, after starting off 2 – 6. The girls held opponents scoreless 10 different quarters, this season, and twice held a team scoreless, for an entire first half.

“I am so proud of our team,” Hanson said, at the close of the season. “I am extremely proud of how well they have developed as a team and have become one unit. This season, our focus was on the defensive end of the floor,” the coach added. “We strived to be the best defensive team in our league and I think we accomplished that. Each one of the girls have taken their game and improved it this season. I am proud and honored to have coached these wonderful young ladies.”
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