Lady Rams win slugfest over area foe Beauregard

Published 10:48 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The Lady Rams got a much-needed area win over Beauregard on Tuesday as Valley came away with a 41-35 victory in a slugfest. 

The Lady Rams hang their hats on the defensive side, and that showed throughout the matchup on Tuesday. 

After completely struggling in the first period on the offensive side and mustering just seven points, Valley shut the Hornets down in the second period. The Lady Rams allowed just two points in the period and the game was all tied at 15 at halftime. 

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Valley jumped out to an 11-point lead in the third period, but turnovers allowed Beauregard to come back into the game, trailing by just five heading into the final frame. 

The Hornets came out on fire early in the fourth period and tied the game at 35 after a 5-0 run. The Lady Rams quickly bounced back and held Beauregard scoreless for the remainder of the game. 

Kayden Dooley was in true form once again for the Rams. Teams have started to double, and even triple, team Dooley as the season has progressed but it has not mattered. Dooley led all scorers on Tuesday with 20 points to go along with four rebounds, two blocks and one steal. 

Dooley has been the headliner this season for Valley, but Aniyah Robinson has not been far behind. Robinson has become a dominant force on the inside and a rim protector for the Rams. Robinson finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and three steals on Tuesday. 

Makaila Adams followed behind Dooley and Robinson with six points in the game, all coming in the second half. Adams hit two threes in the third period that helped Valley take control of the game late. 

For the most part, the Lady Rams completely controlled the game on the defensive side. The lack of consistent offense for Valley helped keep the Hornets in the game. 

The Rams struggled to control the ball in the game, finishing with 40 turnovers on Tuesday. Free throws also made it tough for Valley to close out the Hornets, as they connected on 16 of their 30 attempts from the charity stripe. 

Valley shot the ball better in the second half as the Rams connected on three shots from behind the arc in the third period. In total, Valley connected on three of its 10 three-point attempts.

The win on Tuesday pushed Valley’s record to 5-6 on the season and 2-0 in area play. Up next for the Rams is a matchup with LaFayette on the road on Friday.