Valley View coasts to win over Lady Trojans

Strong Valley View first quarter leads to win over Arcanum Lady Trojans

Alexis Gibbons hits a fourth quarter 3-pointer to lead Arcanum in scoring in non-conference game with Valley View. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ARCANUM – A quick Valley View start combined with an Arcanum Lady Trojans slow start proved to be the difference in the Lady Spartans 49-43 non-conference win at Arcanum.

Arcanum’s Kylee Freeman knocks down a free throw in Monday night matchup with Valley View. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Unfortunate that we came out without the energy that we wanted to,” said Arcanum Coach Abby Moore. “That has kind of been our story the last couple games. We’ve dug ourselves into a hole and then had to fight to came back and give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter. We can’t put ourselves in that situation.”

The Lady Spartans jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening minute and extended its lead to 12-2 at the 4:40 mark in the first to lead 20-8 after one quarter of play.

Arcanum would outscore the visitors 35-29 over the final three periods of action with the big push coming in the fourth with the Lady Trojans taking the final quarter by a 21-12 score.

Valley View was one better in the second; 9-8 and two better in third; 8-6 to take a 15-point 37-22 lead to the fourth quarter of play. Arcanum took advantage of four fourth quarter 3-pointers, two from Rylee Leeper and one each from Ashlyn Miller and Alexis Gibbons to cut the Lady Spartans’ lead to five before sending Valley View to the line down the stretch and close out with a 6-point loss.

Rylee Leeper cans one of her two fourth quarter treys in home game with Valley View. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Proud of them for fighting back and knocking down big shots,” Moore stated. “We just ran out of time. I knew I had to have Rylee on the floor. She’s a great shooter. She got some great looks at the end of the game.”

“We’re not going to give up,” continued Coach Moore. “We know we are going to be in some tough spots this year. Everybody we face has more experience that us. Tonight we did what we could, battled when we could and good things happened. We have to continue to do that and take that energy moving forward and continue to get better.”



VALLEY VIEW – E. Reed 20, R. Hodson 12, Lemke 6, E. Ferguson 5, A. Jennings 3, Stevens 3 – TOTALS 18 10-13 1 49

ARCANUM – A. Gibbons 14, R. Leeper 6, K. Freeman 6, A. Miller 5, B. Anderson 5, K. Toy 5, C. Long 2 – TOTALS 11 6-9 5 43


Valley View 1 (Jennings)

Arcanum 5 (Leeper 2, Miller 1, Gibbons 1, Anderson 1)


20-09-08-12 49 Valley View

08-08-06-21 43 Arcanum

Kaitlyn Toy puts up a jumper for the Lady Trojans in Monday night home game with the Lady Spartans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ashlyn Miller makes a lead pass for Arcanum in home game with Valley View. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum’s Brooke Anderson puts up a shot for the Lady Trojans non-conference game with Valley View. (Gaylen Blosser photo)