PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION — Mike Grigsby takes off in transition in an earlier game against Springville. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
WEST VALLEY — West Valley Central School’s boys varsity basketball team has been searching for its first win of the season, since late November.
The Wildcats have had a few comebacks that fell short and have experienced low-scoring stretches, during games that contributed to the rocky start, according to Coach Jason Kearney.
On Jan. 8, the West Valley boys made the trip to visit Ripley and won their first game of the season, defeating Ripley 54 – 33.
The Wildcats kicked off the game, scoring 8 points in the first 2 minutes, off 3-pointers from Mike Grigsby and Marcus Enser. Cole Stanbro finished, for a layup.
“After [the 8 – 0 start], our shooting dropped off, until the second quarter, where we started to move the ball around better and attacking the basket.,” Kearney said.
HUSTLE HARD — Colton Myers grabs a rebound and brings it up the court.
Senior Colton Myers racked up 13 points and teammate Mike Grigsby had 11. Alex Fuller came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers, on his way to a season-high 9 points. Dylan Westfall led the team in rebounds, with 12, and Cole Stanbo had 8 points and five steals, during the win.
“We increased our defensive pressure, to get our first league win,” Kearney said. “We have been away, for all our games, for nearly a month, now. We are really looking forward to playing at home again and hope to get a few more wins, after the halfway point of the season. We have been in some very close games [that] just came up short. We hope to change that and finish better, as the season goes on.”
The Wildcats traveled to Brocton on Jan. 11. Brocton is tied for first, atop its division. The Wildcats lost that game 49 – 37.
West Valley trailed by 2 points, at halftime, but Brocton came out in the third quarter, to out-score West Valley 10 – 4.
GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT — Dylan Westfall prepares to finish off a drive against Springville.
Grigsby led the team, with 13 points. Myers pitched in, with 11 points, five assists and five steals. Westfall had 9 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Collin Proctor grabbed nine rebounds, during the loss.
“We played one of our best games, all season, against the team tied at the top of our league,” Kearney said. “I know we lost, but I couldn’t be more proud with how we played tonight, despite being down three of our guys. They fought the whole game and I know all their hard work will pay off here, before the season is done.”
On Jan. 5, the Wildcats took on Sherman and lost 70 – 27. Westfall scored 6 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Grigsby scored 6 points.
“Sherman was an extremely fast team and our defense was overwhelmed by their overall quickness and shooting ability,” Kearney said. “We played hard, the whole game. Never, at one time, gave up or slowed down. It was just a bad matchup for us.”
The Wildcats are scheduled to travel to Forestville on Jan. 22.