Another huge second-half surge propels Wms. Valley past Tri-Valley Bulldogs
Published: January 9, 2014
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HEGINS - For the second straight game, Williams Valley had a less-than-stellar offensive first half.
But, for the second consecutive night, the Vikings came out of the locker room a totally different team and rolled to another victory.
Stephen Sedesse led three Williams Valley players in double figures with a game-high 16 points as the Vikings used a 20-4 scoring advantage in the third quarter to propel them to 56-24 victory over Tri-Valley in the championship game of the WQLV Holiday Tournament Dec. 28.
In Friday's first-round victory over Upper Dauphin, the Vikings led 17-13 at halftime before an 18-6 third-quarter scoring advantage led to a 55-35 win.
Williams Valley (7-0) led 20-9 late in the first half Saturday, but the Bulldogs (4-4) grabbed some momentum heading into the locker room when Conrad Opozda scored inside with 4 seconds left in the half. It cut the deficit to 9 at the break.
But the contest quickly turned into a rout.
Williams Valley hit its first six field goals of the third quarter and opened the second half on an 18-0 run to take a 38-11 lead after a layup by Cody Miller at 3:32.
After Opozda and Jaden Buchanan hit back-to-back jumpers, Sedesse finished off the third-quarter run, scoring on a layup with 1:08 left, making it 40-15.
"We started slow," Williams Valley coach Denny Kasper said. "I was a little afraid of that after we beat them pretty handily (68-34 on Dec. 20). With that you worry about emotion and what kind of emotion you are going to have doing into the game.
"Second half we came with a lot of energy. We made a couple of adjustments at halftime. A lot more energy in the second half and the defense was stellar in the second half."
The Vikings, who won their first WQLV Tournament title since 2008, were much more aggressive against Tri-Valley's 3-2 zone in the quarter, working for easier shots and shooting 7-for-11 (64 percent) from the floor. Williams Valley also picked up the intensity in its 2-3 zone and shut down the inside passes, as the Bulldogs turned it over seven times in the third quarter, and 16 in the second half.
"We didn't attack the zone," Tri-Valley coach Mike Masser said. "Then we missed shots, we get down on ourselves and we don't try to attack the gaps in the zone. We didn't shoot well again."
Ben Rautzahn added 13 points and Nick Rodichok had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Brendan Miller grabbed eight boards.
Opozada had six points and nine rebounds for Tri-Valley, which beat Millersburg 49-34 in the opening round Friday. The Bulldogs shot 10-for-52 (19 percent) on Saturday.
While the Bulldogs have had an up-and-down season to this point, the Vikings are flying high, despite three new starters and playing six games in 10 days to start the season.
"I am not surprised we are 7-0," Kasper said. "We knew Nick and Cody could play, and I think Ben Rautzahn is the guy who had really taken that next step. He didn't start for us last year, but he brings a lot of energy to the game."
U. Dauphin 64
HEGINS - Mac Ney scored 19 points as the Trojans used a 20-5 scoring edge in the second quarter to down the Indians.
Matt Miller had a double-double in the game for Upper Dauphin with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Lonnie Palmer and Christian Keiter had 10 points apiece for Millersburg.