January 28th, 2019

Holy Cross falls to Valley in district play

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


Holy Cross falls to Valley in district play
File photo by Conor Revell

On Monday night, Valley defeated Holy Cross on the road in a 21st district contest 81-68.

“We definitely weren’t nearly as focused as we’ve been this season”, Holy Cross head coach Kent Foushee said, “the offensive rebounds, second-chance points the easy buckets in transition; we just weren’t focused on.”

The Cougars struggled throughout most of the first quarter. The lack of focus and excess of turnovers could’ve allowed Valley to open up a big lead, but the Vikings couldn’t capitalize. An and-one lay-up by Sam Bearden and a three-pointer from Cade Crawley pulled Holy Cross to within five at the end of the first quarter.

Valley opened up the second quarter on an 8-2 run capped off by a KJ Savage triple. The Cougars would quickly respond with a 9-3 run of their own as Bearden nailed yet another jumper. Despite the first half woes, Holy Cross only trailed 30-27 at the end of the first half.

The third quarter was marked with opposing runs from each squad. Every time the Cougars cut the lead substantially, Valley was able to push it back out.

However, Foushee’s team was not done fighting. Keeton Thornsberry buried his fifth three-pointer of the game, and Crawley had back-to-back triples of his own to cut the Valley lead to three with 5:11 to play.

Big shots by Cameron Wilson and Rajae Johnson down the stretch gave the Vikings a little momentum of their own, and the Holy Cross comeback came up short.

“We average single digit turnovers a game and that’s always one of our main goals”, Foushee said, “we had 14. If you have 14 turnovers against a team that’s as athletic and talented as Valley, you’re not going to win.”

Wilson and Rajae Johnson had 21 and 17 points respectively, to pace the Vikings. Savage and Xavier Johnson had 10 a piece, while Isaac Clair added 12 points.

Valley (11-9) will return to action Wednesday as they host Jeffersonville in a 7:30 matchup.

“We got into an offensive score fest and that’s just not us”, Foushee said, “I was proud of our offense, but the defense was miserable.”

For the Cougars, Bearden scored 23, Thornsberry had 19, and Crawley added 15. Holy Cross falls to 10-10 and will host Owen County on Thursday.

Looking forward, Foushee is optimistic. “When we are competitive on the glass, taking away other teams’ transition, and executing the half-court we are pretty good”, he said, “we could easily be 3-0 in the district, but if ‘ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas’”, he said.

 

VALLEY: 19   11   20   31- 81

HOLY CROSS: 14   13   16   25- 68

 

 

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