Valentine JH basketball reaches for top spot

By Coach Lonnie Flippen

Last week the Junior High Lady Pirates won their second district game in a row and the possibility of a winning streak was mentioned for the first time in a long time with the Junior High basketball program.  It was also mentioned that a major obstacle stood in the way in the form of the undefeated Lady Bears of Balmorhea.  Well, the Lady Bears came visiting on Monday evening and they are no longer undefeated and the Lady Pirates sealed a three game winning streak.

The young ladies played their best game of the year, and they had to, in order to defeat the Lady Bears. The Pirates controlled the boards and their fast break proved to be the factor that allowed them to lead Balmorhea by 12 points at halftime.  The Pirates went on to win 40 to 31 with Cecilia Corral leading all scorers with her 19 points, most of which were scored on the fast break with Samantha Kuhlman, Jaymie Sanchez, and Mickie Siddiq feeding her the ball throughout most of the game.  Sanchez had 7 points followed by Kuhlman’s 6. Nevaeha Mora added four with Arleene Corral throwing in two.  Bela Oldham and Jordan Miller also sawing playing time.   

The Pirates have filled an open date Monday, January 23 and will play against Van Horn at 4:30 p.m. They may play either Van Horn or Wink if the details can be worked out.  In the meantime, the Pirates are scheduled to play in the Sierra Blanca Junior High Tournament Saturday.  Game times have not been announced at this time.