Thursday's Fayetteville-Valley basketball doubleheader in Smithers featured one rout and one down-to-the-wire finish.

After the Valley girls easily triumphed over the Pirates 76-32 in the opener, the Greyhounds survived a late Fayetteville rally to capture a 59-56 victory in the boys encounter.

The Greyhounds, who had been in control all night, went ahead 49-35 on a Lucca Giannini putback in the early seconds of the final quarter of the nightcap.

At that point, the Pirates finally got a spark and went on a 12-0 run to trim the deficit to two points, 49-47, midway through the quarter. The spurt featured a putback bucket from T.J. Loeffler, followed by two straight 3-point goals from the left wing by Hunter Rinehart, the latter which came after a Luke Vass assist. Vass then sank four consecutive foul shots to cut the Valley lead to two.

The 'Hounds led by four points, 55-51 and 57-53, down the stretch. Adam Falbo converted a drive and was fouled, sinking the free throw to make it 55-51 with 2:12 left. After Rinehart scored two off a Gabe Mack entry pass, Valley's Jimmy Harper got the roll on a strong move on the interior to leave the score at 57-53 at the 1:18 mark. Vass responded, however, by driving the middle, scoring while fouled and tacking on the ensuing charity toss to trim the Valley lead to one, 57-56, with 49 seconds to go.

After the hosts gained possession following a scrum on the floor with 30.4 ticks left, Zach Winter netted a runner from the right side to stake the 'Hounds to a 59-56 lead with about 20 seconds left. Rinehart had a look at a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it misfired and Valley escaped.

"We played decent but didn't shoot the ball well in the second half," said Valley head coach Joe McCoy, who said the coaches warned their players Fayetteville had the tools to come back. "We missed a lot of easy shots, and we got lackadaisical against their press. We started forcing a lot of things that we didn't have to.

"They put the pressure on us, and we didn't handle it."

Fayetteville head coach Brent Conley said his team's poor practice the previous day carried over. "Yesterday's practice wasn't ideal," he said. "When you have (a poor practice), it transfers to the first half. You play how you practice.

"It seemed like we were playing in slow motion, and they were the aggressor."

His team gave better effort in the second half, Conley said. "They play a lot harder in the second half, and I was proud of them. When you're down 17, that's a large hole to climb out of."

The offense rang up 40 points to make a game of it in the final two periods, he noted. "We can score; I'm not worried about us offensively," said Conley. "What I'm worried about is stopping somebody on defense."

Falbo finished with 16 points for Valley (5-7), Lucca Giannini and Quinten DeMello added 10 each, and Austin Giannini chipped in nine.

Falbo cleared 12 rebounds, Harper 10 and Lucca Giannini eight. DeMello and Winter had three assists each, and Lucca Giannini logged four steals.

Vass scored 21, Rinehart 11 and Christian Mack nine for the Pirates (2-10). Vass and Gabe Mack pulled down nine rebounds each, and Vass dished out six assists.

Hannah Foster poured in 27 points and teammate Crystal Coleman tallied 19 to pace the Valley girls as they improved to 4-10 on the season. Kiera Hutchinson chipped in 10 points and Kaylee Nickoson nine to the VHS cause.

Cassidy Roles netted 11 and Brooke Spangler eight for the Pirates.

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Fayetteville (2-10)

Luke Vass 6-20 7-7 21, Christian Mack 4-10 0-2 9, Gabe Mack 1-4 5-8 7, Hunter Rinehart 3-10 3-7 11, Wyatt Rinehart 1-5 0-0 3, Caleb Dixon 0-0 0-0 2, Trey Foster 1-1 0-0 3, T.J. Loeffler 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 17-51 15-24 56

Valley (5-7)

Adam Falbo 5-15 6-10 16, Lucca Giannini 5-11 0-0 10, Quinten DeMello 3-8 3-4 10, Zach Winter 1-3 0-0 2, Jimmy Harper 4-8 0-0 8, Austin Giannini 4-8 1-4 9, Isiah Ford 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 24-56 10-18 59

F: 11 5 19 21 — 56

V: 17 16 14 12 — 59

3-point goals: F: 7 (Vass 2, H. Rinehart 2, C. Mack, Foster, W. Rinehart); V: 1 (DeMello). Fouled out: L. Giannini (V)

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Fayetteville (0-11)

Cassidy Roles 5 1-6 11, Kaysie Cogar 3 0-0 6, Lauren Spangler 1 0-0 2, Brooke Spangler 2 3-4 8, Piper Casto 0 0-0 0, Paige Kessler 0 0-0 0, Kristina Neal 2 0-0 5. Totals: 13 4-10 32

Valley (4-10)

Hannah Foster 10 4-5 27, Kaylee Nickoson 4 1-4 9, Kelsey Nickoson 3 0-0 6, Taylor Oden 1 0-0 2, Crystal Coleman 8 2-4 19, Kiera Hutchinson 5 0-1 10, Danae Pleva 1 0-0 2, Mallory Kincaid 0 0-2 0. Totals: 32 7-14 76

F: 4 8 8 12 — 32

V: 13 24 20 19 — 76

3-point goals: F: 2 (B. Spangler, Neal); V: 4 (Foster 3, Coleman). Fouled out: Roles (F)

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In other recent games:

Meadow Bridge 61

Calhoun County 48

The host Wildcat boys overcame a five-point deficit after the first quarter to capture the win over Calhoun County Saturday in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament.

Kobe Rozell collected 24 points and 10 rebounds for the 'Cats (5-6), while Jared Gladwell supplied 18 points and 12 boards. Caleb Richmond had nine points, and Lukas Stephens recorded eight points and eight assists. Also, Ean Crane had two points and 15 rebounds.

Meadow Bridge plays at Liberty on Tuesday.

Oak Hill 70

Westside 50

Class AA No. 6 Oak Hill built a double-digit lead at halftime and never looked back, beating Westside on the road 70-50 on Friday night.

Oak Hill’s Darrick McDowell led all scorers with 22 points, while Michael Beasley added 12.

Daniel Reed led the Renegades with 14 points.

Oak Hill travels to Wyoming East Tuesday.

Westside (5-9)

Hunter Walters 13, Ethan Blackburn 8, Daniel Reed 14, Cutler Workman 7, Jace Coluci 2, Austin Cline 5

Oak Hill (9-2)

Andrew Work 8, Michael Beasley 12, Abraham Farrow 8, Phixeous Gray 3, Dante Billeter 6, Jason Manns 6, Brandon Wisen 3, Khori Bass 2, Darrick McDowell 22

W: 15 11 15 9 — 50

OH: 17 19 16 18 — 70

3-point goals — W: 7 (Blackburn 2, Reed 4, Cline). OH: 6 (Beasley 2, Farrow, Gray, Manns 2). Fouled Out: None

Midland Trail 60

Gilmer County 43

Nathan Hanshew logged a 26-point, 22-rebound double-double to lead Midland Trail over visiting Gilmer County 60-43 on Friday.

The Patriots used a dominant defense to hold the Titans down in the second quarter, outscoring them 16-3 and taking a 21-point lead into the break.

Indy Eades added 11 points and Austin Isaacs had nine for Trail.

Ean Hamrick led Gilmer County with 16 points.

Trail (5-6) will host Fayetteville Tuesday in the final regular season matchup between the two teams.

Gilmer (1-10)

Jagger Furr 3, Chase Steele 5, Brady Fitzwater 12, Justyn Dean 7, Ean Hamrick 16

Trail (5-6)

Indy Eades 11, Colin Dempsey 2, Nathan Hanshew 26, Austin Isaacs 9, Trevor Harrell 6, Liam Gill 4, Travis Scarbrough 2

GC: 11 3 17 12 — 43

MT: 19 16 17 8 — 60

3-point goals — GC: 7 (Furr, Seele, Dean, Hamrick 4); MT: 7 (Eades 3, Hanshew 3, Isaacs). Fouled Out: None.

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