The 3rd-ranked (Class A) Tug Valley Panthers jumped out of the gate early and never let up as they rolled past the Van Bulldogs on Tuesday at Van High School.
The Panthers (11-3) came out hot, outscoring the Bulldogs (1-12), 23-9, in the opening period. Tug Valley extended its lead to 40-20 at the intermission. The Panthers were able to cruise from there for the easy win.
Carson Newsome paced Tug Valley with 16 points. Brady Brewer and Joey Gollihue followed with 11 points each. Aiden Armstrong fired in 10 points. Ashton Davis, Parker Davis and Kaden Hale scored 8 points each. Braydun Ferris added 7 points. Paul Preece dropped in 4 points. Bryson Elia chipped in 2 points.
Kevin McCarty led Van with 25 points. Shaun Booth added 14 points in the loss.
Tug Valley next play Belfry on Friday at Williamson Field House as part of the Hatfield – McCoy Shootout. The opening tip is set for 9:30 pm.
Tug Valley (85) – Carson Newsome 16, Brady Brewer 11, Joey Gollihue 11, Aiden Armstrong 10, Ashton Davis 8, Parker Davis 8, Kaden Hale 8, Braydun Ferris 7, Paul Preece 4, Bryson Elia 2
Van (44) – Kevin McCarty 25, Shaun Booth 14, Joshua Marcum 3, Mark Meadows 2
Photo Courtesy of Karen Watts