The Wildcats used strong defense and a quick-strike offense to put Leland & Gray away in the first half. Twin Valley started strong in the opening quarter, building an 11-5 lead at the break.
In the second quarter, they continued to stretch the lead, pressuring the Rebel ball handlers into mistakes and scoring from inside and outside. Cooper Pell led the Wildcats’ defense, forcing a turnover from Rebel guard Nathan Claussen that led to a layup. Logan Park also got in on the defensive fun, swiping a ball at the midcourt line from Lucas Newton and then blowing by him for a layup on the other end.
Dylan Dupuis had a good quarter, running the pick and roll with Park and beating Austin Morse with a strong inside move for a score. Jack McHale also contributed a three-point shot in the quarter.
Twin Valley had run out to a 27-5 lead before the Rebels finally got on the board in the quarter. The Rebels finished the quarter outscoring the Wildcats 8-3, but the damage was done. Twin Valley led 30-13 at the half.
In the second half, the Rebels outscored the Wildcats 17-16, but the second quarter proved too much for the hosts. Twin Valley held serve and headed home with the win.
“We played really well, especially in the first half,” said Twin Valley coach Chris Brown. “Our defensive intensity was a little too much for them to handle.”
Dupuis led the Wildcats with 12 points on six-of-10 shooting. The sophomore center also pulled down seven rebounds and had an assist and a steal. McHale hit for nine points, while Park, Pell, and Hayden Read each scored six.
Brown cited the guard play of Logan Park, Izaak Park, Pell, and Read as one of the keys to the game. He was also pleased with the performance of Dupuis.
“Dylan had a career high with 12 points. He has good potential, he’s active, and moves around a lot.”
TV 55, WR 42
WEST RUTLAND- In the second game in two nights, the Twin Valley Wildcats continued their hot road play, beating the West Rutland Golden Horde 55-42 Tuesday evening. It was the team’s fifth win in six games, and moved their record to 9-8 on the season. Three of those five wins have come on the road.
Once again, the Wildcats rode their defensive pressure to an early lead. After trading baskets to start the game, as West Rutland honored a senior player with special needs, the Wildcats outscored the Horde 24-7 the rest of the half. Twin Valley led 26-9 at the intermission.
“We had another great first half,” said Brown. “I looked up midway through the second quarter and we were up 15-2. We hadn’t given up a score since the first basket. They finally got it going and got some baskets toward the end of the half. It was the same kind of thing as at Leland & Gray, we put our imprint on the game.”
In the second half, West Rutland cut the lead to six at one point, but the Wildcats pulled away again in the fourth quarter.
Jack McHale had 14 points to lead Twin Valley. Logan Park added 12 and Cooper Pell had nine. Dylan Howe pulled down eight rebounds and chipped in with seven points.
The Wildcats are back in action on Friday, hosting Green Mountain. Game time is 7 pm.