Valley blows past Lanett in heated rivalry game

Published 7:42 pm Saturday, January 6, 2024

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The Valley Rams asserted their dominance over Lanet on Saturday as the Rams returned from holiday break with a 69-28 win over the Panthers. 

Valley came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. The Rams started the game on a 14-0 run and held a 32-7 lead after the first period. 

“You’ve got to go out and play every time you go out on the court,” Valley coach Marshon Harper said. “I love the energy. They came in and played hard. Just have to get our wind back now. I’m proud of the kids. Hats off to Lanett, but we were the better team tonight.” 

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The second period was more of the same for the Rams. Valley went on a 16-0 run to start the second period and take a 53-10 lead into halftime. 

Tempers started to flare once the game started to get out of hand in the second period. There were no ejections, but there was a flagrant foul in the second period and there several other tense moments. 

“We’re the undefeated state champions,” Harper said. “You’ve got a target on your back. Other people don’t have anything to lose, we’ve got everything to lose. Let’s just play hard, let’s play basketball.” 

Valley cooled off in the second half and Lanett outscored the Rams 18-16 in the final two periods. 

Cam Dooley filled the stat sheet again as he led the Rams with 26 points in the game. Dooley scored 15 of his points in the first period. Brandon Thomas followed Dooley with 11 points in the game. 

Jay Harper and Ian Crim-Davis had big nights in the backcourt, finishing with eight and nine points, respectively. 

Shamar Patterson led the Panthers with nine points on Saturday. Nakia Bynum followed Patterson with seven points. 

The win on Saturday pushed Valley’s record to 10-1 on the season. Up next for the Rams is a home game against Beauregard on Tuesday. Lanett faces off with Loachapoka on Tuesday.