Happy Valley splits varsity games with Chuckey Doak

Published 2:03 pm Monday, December 13, 2021

BY AUSTIN ALEXANDER
STAR CORRESPONDENT
HAPPY VALLEY – With Christmas just around the corner, the Happy Valley Warriors had one thing on their wish list Friday night, a win.

With both varsity teams in action and a conference opponent in Chuckey Doak in the building, things were shaping up to be entertaining. When all was said and done, the two schools split their varsity games with resounding victories for Chuckey Doak’s boys as well as Happy Valley’s girls.

In the girl’s game, things got going early with the two teams exchanging the lead back and forth before the Lady Warriors took command 9-4 with five points from Kadie Bailey and four from Kenzie Ramey. The Lady Black Knights would fight their way back in and after the first quarter, Happy Valley led by just two.

The second quarter was a total and complete foul fest. The rhythm of the game was simply non-existent as open play struggled to stay alive. Marcida Moore had seven points in the quarter including three from the line. Holly Moore also scored six of her game-high 21 points as the Lady Warriors took full control during the quarter.

Coming out of the half, the Happy Valley defense continued to stifle the Chuckey Doak attack as the Lady Black Knights continued to foul. Moore would add two more from the stripe where she finished an outstanding 12-13 as the Warriors rolled. Bailey would add seven more points to her total as she finished with 16.

The Lady Warriors put the game to bed in the fourth as Holly closed out her tab as Happy Valley finished dominant, 63-27. It was a full team effort and the defense from the Lady Warriors looked like the real deal.

In the boys’ game, Happy Valley fell behind early but rallied behind five points from Dakota Grindstaff. The Warriors charged back from an early deficit to take an 8-7 lead following a James Murray three-pointer. The quarter would wind down with the Black Knights back in control.

The Black Knights continued to build their lead into the second frame working through their big man Christian Derry. The Chuckey Doak offense would thrive in the quarter to blossom their lead to 29-17 heading to the half.

The Warriors seemed to never find the mark offensively in the game as they struggled at all facets. Grindstaff buried three three-pointers in the fourth, but the rest of the team’s struggle continued on both ends of the floor.

When the final horn sounded, the Warriors had tasted defeat by a final of 58-42. Murray finished with 11, while Landon Babb scored eight. Grindstaff was the high-point man for Happy Valley with 14.

An early-season conference loss is never how you want to start the season, but the Warriors have time to make the changes necessary to succeed.