Valley Middle swept a pair of basketball games from Ansted Wednesday.

The VMS boys (5-0) broke out to a 13-4 margin after one quarter and held on for a 33-27 victory, while the Greyhound girls utilized an 11-4 second-quarter advantage to hold off the Trailblazers 31-29.

Arik McGinnis tallied 18 points to pace the Valley boys scoring. Other scorers were: Drew Jones, 2; Raeshawn Breckenridge, 4; and Keyshawn Payne, 9.

Tyler Skaggs and Rickie Carter scored nine each for Ansted. Others in the scoring column were: Dallas Miller, 2; Brandon Belcher, 2; Mason Fox, 1; and Nate Kessler, 4.

“We are small and quick but inexperienced. We have three starters who have never played before,” said Valley coach Joe McCoy, who lost two starters due to grades. “It could be a bumpy ride throughout the season.”

“This team is different from the ones I have had in the past,” he continued. “We have potential; we just need experience. Hopefully by the end of the season we will be ready for the tournament.”

Kylar Barker netted 10 points to lead the VMS girls. Other scorers included: Alexis Payne, 5; Taylor Carver, 7; and Kelsey Bird, 9.

Courtney Smith led the Blazers with nine markers. Other point-producers were: Hannah Legg, 6; Destinee Carte, 8; Gabbie Smith, 2; and Bonnie Harper, 4.

Valley hosts Meadow Bridge tonight, with the girls playing first at 6 p.m. The ‘Hounds visit Nuttall on Thursday.

Ansted travels to Mount Hope Thursday, with the boys playing first at 6 p.m.

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Valley 33, Clay 26

An 11-2 spurt in the third quarter proved to be the difference for the Valley boys in a 33-26 defeat of visiting Clay last Tuesday.

Arik McGinnis tallied 12 points to lead the way for Valley. Other scorers included: Drew Jones, 5; Raeshawn Breckenridge, 5; Myles White, 3; Cody Winter, 2; and Keyshawn Payne, 6.

Jordan Lucas scored nine for Clay. Other scorers were: Adam Taylor, 1; Austin Cole, 2; Andrew Owens, 3; Justin Shamblin, 5; and Zack White, 6.

Valley 36, Clay 29

The VMS girls won in a similar fashion as the boys over the Panthers last week.

Valley posted a 14-11 halftime lead, then moved into a more comfortable advantage with a 10-4 margin in the third en route to a 36-29 victory.

Alexis Payne netted 16 points to spearhead the winning effort. Other Valley point-producers were: Kylar Barker, 6; Taylor Carver, 6; and Kelsey Bird, 8.

McKinzee Barker led Clay with 10. Other scorers were: Meagan Bragg, 7; Nikki Butcher, 4; Carlee Craddock, 6; and Allison Coleman, 2.

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