OUT OF MY WAY — West Valley's Cole Stanbro (left) looks to get around an Ellicottville defender. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School boys varsity basketball team took on Forestville on Feb. 7.
West Valley trailed 43 – 37, heading in the fourth quarter, but amped up the defense and offense, to knot the game at 49 – 49, as the fourth quarter expired and the game went into overtime.
Forestville outscored the Wildcats, during the extra period, and won 58 – 56.
West Valley senior Mike Grigsby made 10 of his team-high 17 points, during the third quarter, but missed the entire overtime period, due to an injury.
Wildcat Colton Myers was one steal shy of a double-double with points and steals. He finished with 10 points, nine steals, four rebounds and three assists.
Cole Stanbro of West Valley made 11 points and five steals. Dylan Westfall led the team in rebounding, pulling down nine. Marcus Enser had 9 points and seven rebounds, while Brandon Rockwood had 6 points and three rebounds. Derek Wells pulled down five rebounds.
“We made our foul shots when they mattered most, and shot 14 of 22 from the foul line,” said Coach Jason Kearney. “Westfall and Enser had big nights, rebounding, and Stanbro and Myers were able to get a lot of steals for us, but we had 40 turnovers on the night. It was a sloppy game for both teams, but we had the more costly turnovers, when it mattered most.”
The Wildcats also took on Brocton, on Feb. 8.
Team seniors Stanbro, Keegan Kittle, Westfall, Alex Fuller, Grigsby and Enser were honored, during the team’s annual senior night. The players were recognized for their contributions to the basketball program, during the past four years.
Also acknowledged were senior cheerleaders Morgan Green and Deenna Green.
West Valley fell to Brocton 56 – 23. The Brocton sits near the top of its division.
“We had a very tough shooting night Friday, shooting 9 of 60 for the night,” Kearney said.
“Brocton has a lot of talent and we were overwhelmed at times, but we have to shoot better than that, if we want to win games, especially near the end of the season, heading into playoffs.”
Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Myers, with 9 points. Westfall scored 4 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
West Valley also took on Ellicottville on Feb. 12.