PDT Sports Contributor
If a team’s performance in a single game can give any indication of the progress of their season, the Valley Indians’ 69-49 victory over the Martins Ferry Purple Riders at the Convocation Center in Athens Wednesday evening would be a prime example.
The Indians gave a dominating performance, as four players combined for 61 of the team’s 69 points. Leading the scoring for Valley was Hayden Dunn and Jordan West, each scoring 18 points. Chris Flowers finished with 13 while Bryan Rolfe added 12 points in the victory.
Valley coach Scott Rolfe was not surprised by the performance of the four main contributors.
“That’s been something that we’re familiar with- we have four guys that averaged in double figures this year. Some of them exceeded their average tonight,” Rolfe said.
Dunn and West also had a strong night on the glass as both players finished with nine rebounds.
“The big thing tonight was that we almost doubled them in rebounds, so we took away their second chance points and that’s what they kind of live on,” Rolfe added, “That’s a great job, attributed to our guys boxing out, finding the gap and getting to the ball. They just wanted the ball.”
The main categories that separated the two teams were the second-chance points. Valley scored 14 second-chance points while Martins Ferry managed only four.
The Indians also dominated the fast-break opportunities as Valley scored 18 fast-break points to the Purple Riders’ four.
Four of the other eight Valley points were contributed by Ryan Brown, and Ethan Clark-Holbrook and Kyle Miller split the rest with two points each.
The Purple Riders had three scorers in double figures with James Edwards leading the way with 17 points. Robert Vargo finished with 13 and Arjay Burress chipped in with 10 points.
The Indians also had more assists in the contest with 22, compared to eight for the Purple Riders. Rolfe and West led Valley with six and five assists respectively.
Valley’s victory in the Division III Regional semifinals was their 24th of the season and their 13th consecutive win, with their last loss taking place more than two months ago, on Jan. 11, to the Athens Bulldogs. The Indians will be returning to the Convocation Center to face the Bishop Ready Silver Knights on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Martins Ferry – 12 11 13 13 —- 49
Valley – 19 15 14 21 —- 69
Martins Ferry – Burress 4-2-10, Vargo 6-1-13, Barritt 1-0-2, Edwards 7-1-17, Agnew 2-0-4, Bass 1-0-3, Totals 3-0-49.
Valley – Rolfe 5-2-12, West 7-2-18, Dunn 7-4-18, Flowers 5-0-13, Clark-Holbrook 1-0-2, Brown 1-2-4, K. Miller 0-2-2, Totals 26-12-69.
3-Point Goals – Valley 5 (Flowers 3, West 2); Martins Ferry 3 (Edwards 2, Vargo)