Midland Trail advanced in Class A Region 3, Section 1 girls tournament play with a 78-44 triumph over visiting Valley Wednesday.

Sophomore Emily Dickerson pumped in 30 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and logged six steals to lead the Patriots, who have won nine of their last 10 games. Jenny Wilson collected a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, in addition to registering six steals. Laurel Johnson also hit double figures in the scoring column with 14 points, and she provided 10 rebounds and four assists.

Hannah Foster scored 15 and Taylor Oden had 13 for the Greyhounds.

After Midland Trail took a 9-1 lead on a Malerie Hendrick 3-pointer, the Greyhounds didn't fold and remained in contention in the first half. Gracie Gipson fed Kiera Hutchinson for a two-point bucket to make it 12-7, then Foster converted a baseline drive to leave the score at 15-9. After that, Crystal Coleman's deuce trimmed the deficit to four, 17-13, early in the second quarter.

The Patriots took charge from there, though. A Dickerson bucket on an inbound assist from Wilson pushed the Trail advantage to eight, 22-14, and Trail led 36-21 at intermission.

"We attacked the basket; that was the No. 1 thing," said Midland Trail head coach Matt Harper. "We told Jenny she had to drive. She went to the basket real well.

"We had to play inside out."

"We cut it to five, then we gave up a wide-open three and two transition layups," said Valley head coach Todd Ryan. "Laurel Johnson killed us on the boards; we didn't rebound."

"They clearly wanted it more than we did," he added.

"Laurel, Jenny and Emily all played well," said Harper, who said Wilson played probably "her best all around game all year."

Other squad members stepped up, too. "Everybody played hard and played their roles."

Valley concluded its final girls campaign with a 10-14 record.

Valley (10-14)

Kaylee Nickoson 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Nickoson 2 0-0 4, Crystal Coleman 1 0-0 2, Taylor Oden 6 1-2 13, Hannah Foster 4 7-14 15, Gracie Gipson 2 1-2 5, Kiera Hutchinson 1 0-0 2, Mallory Kincaid 1 0-0 3, Danae Pleva 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 9-18 44.

Midland Trail (17-6)

Kyleigh Jackson 1 1-2 4, Meghan Gill 1 1-2 3, Jenny Wilson 6 4-8 17, Malerie Hendrick 2 0-0 5, Jolee Stephenson 0 1-2 1, Emily Dickerson 12 3-4 30, Laurel Johnson 4 6-13 14, Taylor Harrell 1 0-0 2, Gracie Ferrell 1 0-0 2, Jessica Adkins 0 0-0 0, Rosie Moore 0 0-0 0, Emma Brumfield 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 16-31 78.

V: 9 12 10 13 — 44

MT: 15 21 18 24 — 78

3-point goals: V: 1 (Kincaid); MT: 6 (Jackson, Wilson, Hendrick, Dickerson 3). Fouled out: Ke. Nickoson (V)

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