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7 Loudoun Valley Edges 3 Handley

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background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Final - - #7 Loudoun Valley 43, #3
Handley 38:
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"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In one of the state's more intriguing clashes on
Thursday night, the host Loudoun Valley Vikings outlasted the visiting John
Handley Judges, 43-38 in a low-scoring battle.
The loss marks the first of the season for Handley, who entered ranked
#3 in the state on VirginiaPreps.com in Group 4A and one of only six unbeaten
public school teams in the Commonwealth.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Loudoun Valley, which came in ranked #7 in the state on
VirginiaPreps.com in Group 3A, scored their fewest amount of points on the
year. Previously, the Vikings' low was
48 in an overtime loss to Loudoun County.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Down 10 early in the third quarter, Loudoun Valley made
its rally as senior 6-foot-8 small forward Paul
Rowley, who's signed to play his College Basketball in the CAA at William
& Mary, scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the second half.
style=> Rowley started out just 1-of-7 from the
field, but made his last three shots, highlighted by the go-ahead three-pointer
late in the fourth quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After shooting only 31.8% from the field in the first
half and 16.7% from long distance (1-of-6), Loudoun Valley capitalized over the
final two periods as they converted 8-of-11, a healthy 72.7%.
style=> Meanwhile, Handley shot a meager 34.9% from
the field with none of their subs scoring on the night.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Leading the way in defeat for Handley was junior wing
class=SpellE>KeSean
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Robinson with 12 points on 6-of-11
shooting. He also had to cover Rowley,
one of the most consistent perimeter players in the state, and held his own by
keeping him to only 10 shot attempts and coming up with four steals.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The win, Loudoun Valley's fifth in a row, moves the
Vikings to 10-2 overall. Next up is a
home date with Heritage-Leesburg on January 14th.

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Loudoun Valley's Trey McDyre - -
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Rowley would be the pick. After all, he's
a Division I signee and the team's best player, averaging 22 points per game on
the season. But it was the grit and
determination of McDyre around the cup going up
against Handley low post presence Cameron
Jackson (a Wofford signee) that proved to pay major dividends for the
Vikings.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On the night, McDyre finished
with 12 points and 12 rebounds, a double-double.
style=> The 6-foot-1 sophomore was a steady influence
offensively and on the glass, plus became an even greater factor as the game
progressed. He shot 4-of-7 from the
floor, made all four of his foul shots and in 31 minutes of play kept
possessions alive with five offensive boards, more than double anyone else had.
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- - Control Tempo:
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Vikings are seeking their third consecutive State Playoff trip, and one of the
main reasons for their success has long been the ability to control tempo.
style=> Coach Chad
Dawson's team was able to play at a deliberate pace and keep a Handley team
that has thrived in up-tempo situations stuck in the half-court most of the
night.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After scoring eight fast-break points in the first half,
the Judges managed just four the rest of the way.
style=> They also had three costly missed free-throws
down the stretch, allowing Loudoun Valley to maintain the lead once they got it
for the first time with 2:38 to play.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>By keeping Handley out of transition, Loudoun Valley
was able to keep the score down, and that played in their favor.
style=> Furthermore, their offense executed when it
needed to in the fourth period with 17 points, including two critical
three-pointers that either tied the score or put them ahead.

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#2 - - Utilizing Zone:
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Valley mixed up its zone looks defensively, going to a 2-3 early on, then
switching to a 1-3-1 and even showing some 3-2.
What it did best of all was eliminate dribble penetration by
class=SpellE>Tre
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that many of his teammates defer to and the starter to the Judges'
offense.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Without Brown getting in the lane, it was tougher for
perimeter wing scorer Solomon Finley,
Handley's second leading scorer, to get going, and Jackson's shot attempts were
down. By night's end, Jackson attempted
only eight shots, one in the final eight minutes.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coming in, Handley was averaging 67.8 points per
game. They scored just 17 points in the
second half, their lowest total of the 2013-14 campaign.
style=> Above all else, the three-point line was very
unkind to the Judges, who misfired on all 13 tries behind the arc.

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#3 - - Get to the FT Line:
style=> At intermission, Loudoun Valley made no trips
to the charity stripe. To no surprise,
they Vikings trailed by six, and that deficit would soon grow to 25-15 just
moments into the third period. Once
Rowley got them to the foul line at the 6:21 mark of the third quarter for the
first time on the evening, Loudoun Valley began to play less tentative and more
willing to attack Handley's defense, which operated out of a 1-3-1 zone look at
times.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the second half, the Vikings made 9-of-14 from the
foul line. Handley went there only seven
times in the second half, and two of their starters didn't make any trips to
the line. This really helped slow the
game down to a crawl like Loudoun Valley wanted it to be most of the way.

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Stats:

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Valley Vikings 43:
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Paul Rowley - - 13Pts. 4-10FG, 2-4 3's, 3-4FT, 6Reb.
Trey McDyre - - 12Pts. 4-7FG, 4-4FT, 12Reb.
Coy Bowyer - - 6Pts. 2-4FG, 4Reb.
Darius Degree - - 5Pts. 2-3FG, 3Reb. 3Ast. 2Stl.

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Judges 38:
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KeSean Robinson - - 12Pts. 6-11FG, 2Reb. 2Ast. 4Stl
class=GramE>.
Cameron Jackson - - 11Pts. 3-8FG, 4-10FT, 4Reb. 2Ast. 3Stl.
Tre Brown - - 6Pts. 3-8FG, 4Reb. 2Stl
class=GramE>.
Solomon Finley - - 4Pts. 2-13FG, 4Reb.
3Ast.

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