VALDOSTA — Valwood played host to Citizens Christian on Tuesday, and while both the boys’ and girls’ varsity played hard, neither could come up with the win. The Lady Valiants lost to CCA 68-27, and the boys lost to the Patriots 48-66.

In the girls’ game the Lady Patriots struck early and often on a young Valwood (2-11, 0-4) squad. CCA started the game off by going on a 12-0 run that lasted until there was 3:12 left in the quarter. Stephanie Tillman scored first for the Lady Valiants, and Logan Marshall scored right after her on a fast break layup. The score at the end of the first was Valwood 9, CCA 19.

In the second quarter, Citizens Christian continued its dominance, going on a 15-2 run that lasted almost six minutes. The two Valwood points were on separate free-throws by Marshall. Finally, with less than two minutes left in the half, the Valiants’ center Billie Anderson put in a field goal. The score at the half was CCA 35, Valwood 15.

The Valiants had trouble scoring on CCA again in the second half. Valwood only converted six field goal tries, three in each quarter. Marshall made three of the field goals, Tillman made two, and Anderson made one. The 12-33 point second half effort was the nail in the coffin for the Lady Valiants.

The lead scorer for Valwood was Marshall with 11 points. Tillman had eight points and four steals. Anderson had four points and 11 rebounds.

In the boys’ varsity game, the Valiants kept close, but fell after a second-half meltdown. Valwood (5-8, 3-1) played without starters Kenny Green and Ben Montague, and the lack of leadership on the court showed after the first quarter.

“That’s a good solid team we played tonight,” said head coach Peter Allen.

The game started with Tyler Woods playing like a man possessed. After a CCA basket to start the game, Woods scored five unanswered points, and the team’s first nine points. With less than five minutes to play in the half, the Patriots were losing to Woods alone, 8-4. After a late charge by CCA forward Blake Fussell, the Patriots took the lead after one, 15-11.

In the second quarter, Valwood struck first on a basket by Ben Perry, but the Patriots then went on a 9-0 run. The run was stopped when Perry hit another field goal. The score at half-time was Valwood 22, CCA 31.

In the third quarter, the Valiants fell apart. After a Cameron Carter basket for the Valiants, the Patriots went on a 14-0 run and did not allow a basket until there was less than three minutes in the half. Woods scored six points at the end of the half, but the damage had been done. The Valiants were down 58-32 at the end of the quarter.

The Valiants played the young guys in the fourth quarter, and probably played their best quarter. Ben Peeples started the quarter with one of his four steals and drove the ball down court for the basket. Zac Henry scored six points after having to sit because of foul trouble in the second and third quarter. Gus Elliot and Carter Karras also scored in a quarter where the Valiants outscored the Patriots 16-8.

“We were just a little outmanned tonight. Henry and Woods played as hard as they could for us,” said coach Allen.

For Valwood, Woods had 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Henry had 10 points and three steals. Perry had four points to go along with his six rebounds.

For the Patriots, Blake Fussell had 25 points and seven rebounds. Thomas Bennett had 12 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Johnson had 11 points.

Valwood will be traveling to Thomasville on Friday to face off with Brookwood, and the girls are set to tip off at 6:30 p.m. Also, on Saturday, the junior varsity teams will travel to Tifton to play in a tournament. Tip-off is set for 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

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