Valley rocks throwback uniforms in dominant area win

Published 10:46 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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The Valley Rams put together a near-complete performance on Tuesday as Valley trounced region foe Beauregard 85-36 at home. 

Valley came out and dominated the game from the opening tipoff. Early on, the Rams turned it into a dunk fest as they led 30-10 after one period. 

The second period was not much different as Valley continually forced turnovers and broke out for fastbreak opportunities. The Rams held a 56-20 lead at halftime. 

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The starters came out early in the third period with a running clock, but there was not much dropoff with the second unit. The Rams still outscored the Hornets 29-17 in the second half. 

“Just determination,” Valley coach Marshon Harper said about his team’s effort on Tuesday. “They’re just playing hard, going out having fun, playing team ball. I’m proud of them.” 

For the first time this season, Valley dawned a throwback jersey. The coaching staff did not initially plan to make Tuesday a throwback night, but the opportunity fell into their laps. The Rams rocked baggy shorts and jerseys that paid homage to Valley teams from the early 2000s. 

“Actually, it was an accident,” Harper said. “A lady brought them to me yesterday and said ‘Coach do y’all need these?’ We looked at them and they were some throwback jerseys from like 2000. The kids wanted to wear them. We might need to wear them again. We played great, so we might need to wear them again.” 

Jayden Thomas had one of his best shooting nights of the season as he led the team with 19 points in the game. Thomas connected on four three-pointers in the first period and 18 of his points came from behind the arc. 

Thomas was a major factor last season during Valley’s championship run, but he came off the bench for the Rams. This season, Thomas has been inserted into the starting lineup as a senior, and he may have just had his breakout performance. 

“I’m proud of him,” Harper said. “We need him to break out. We need another scorer on that first five, and he did a great job tonight.” 

One of the key aspects of the team that Harper has been working to improve is the second unit. The second unit played the majority of the second half and had spot minutes during the first half of the blowout win. 

Jayden Weaver and Zan Woody led the second unit with eight points apiece. Antwan Greenwood and Galvin Goss combined for seven points off the bench. 

“We’ve got to get them some time,” Harper said. “It’s going to come a time when we have to play some of them. They did a great job, went out there and executed the offense, played some good defense. I’m proud of them.” 

Cam Dooley was in his usual form on Tuesday night as he finished with 17 points in the game. Dooley played limited minutes as the game got out of hand. Brandon Thomas also added 15 points for the Rams. 

The win on Tuesday pushed Valley’s record to 11-1 on the season and 2-0 in area play. Up next for the Rams is a matchup against LaFayette on the road on Friday.