NORWICH – The Valley Heights Christian Academy girls basketball team recently scrambled to a solid 39-38, one-point win over North Spencer Christian Academy.
The game on Jan. 6, featured two evenly matched teams squaring off in what came down to a solid push from Valley Height – outscoring North Spencer 6-3 in the final period for the overall win.
A big component in the equation for the win was Valley Height's Emily Davis. Davis tied a game high in scoring with 19 points on the day. North Spencer's Madelynn Pasto snagged a 19 point day as well as the two stars matched each others performance in the game.
“Our third quarter offense and significant step up on defense in the second half were the primary factors that got this win,” said Valley Heights head coach Sarah Moore.
Valley Heights was faced with a huge hill to climb after just one period, as North Spencer exploded for 19 points in the first. Trailing 19-10 after one period, Valley Heights suffered yet another period being outscored this time at 11-8 in the second period, taking the halftime score to 30-18.
Down 12 points emerging from the halftime break, Moore's Valley Heights defense truly did step up to the challenge – allowing just eight total second half points to be scored.
This difference in play on the defensive end allowed Valley Heights to build enough momentum for the comeback win.
Down 37-38, Valley Heights hit a basket to take the lead with just a minute left in the fourth period – taking the lead at 39-38.
“A basket made in the last minute of the game edged us just ahead by the one point and our defense held strong with no fouls to end the game,” said coach Moore.
Following the tight win, the Valley Height girls then ventured to Binghamton for the 14th annual Central Baptist tournament on Jan. 12...