The Virgin Valley High School boy basketball team gave their fans a long-awaited win Saturday afternoon in the Dawg House over visiting Pahranagat Valley. Sophomore shooting guard Will Barnum took a jump ball tip with 4.5 seconds remaining in the game, turned and banked the shot off the glass, for a 41-40 victory over the Panthers.
“Our intensity waned in the last 2:30 of the second period giving new life to the Panthers,” said Bulldog Coach Mark Barnum. “We had not given up a basket to the Panthers until that time contesting every shot building a 20-4 advantage. The Panthers finished on a 7-0 run to cut our halftime lead to 20-11.”
The Panthers continued their run in the third period, taking a 31-29 lead after three. The teams battled evenly most of the fourth period with the Panthers up by one point.
“We had to foul,” Coach Barnum said. “They made the front end of a one and one making the score 40-38. Riley Waite took the missed second shot down court but missed a three-ball. We tried to foul but a jump ball was called setting up Will for the final shot and the game.
“We were really tired after the loss Friday night at Moapa, but had enough left for the win.” Koden Tietjet led the Dawgs with 14 points followed by 12 from Barnum. The Bulldogs season record went to 1-10 before they faced Boulder City on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Pirates crush Bulldogs
Virgin Valley was crushed Friday, Jan. 11, 60-46, in 3A play by archrival Moapa Valley. The Bulldogs trailed early, 15-9, after one period of play and 35-23, at the break. Moapa continued to increase its lead after three periods, leading 50-33 going into the last period. The Bulldogs managed to outscore the Pirates, 13-10, to end the game. Cameron Noel led the Dawgs with 8 points followed by Will Barnum and Daxon Toone with 7 points each.