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University High shoots down Happy Valley

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jan 14, 2019 at 9:48 PM

University High's smothering defense gave Happy Valley little chance Monday night in their non-conference basketball game. The Bucs' red-hot shooting from 3-point range gave the Warriors no chance.

Holding the Warriors to just 21 points through three quarters and hitting 15 of 31 shots behind the 3-point arc, the Bucs romped to a 69-44 win at Brooks Gym.

Marshall Fleenor led the way with 20 points, 15 of them coming on 3-point goals.

"We had good execution coming out," Fleenor said. "We moved ball well and coming off the screens, we got open shots. If the shots weren't there, we found the open man."

Kaleb Meredith totaled a dozen points, while Colin Daniel and Charlie Vargo each ended with 11.

University High was ahead 17-2 early in the second quarter and led by double digits the rest of the way. It was 32-14 at halftime and 46-21 by the end of the third quarter.

"Obviously, very pleased with the defensive effort. I thought our guys were dialed in from the opening tip," University High coach Justin Penley said. "We got off to a good start and although we weren't fluid on offense early, we were more efficient as the game went on."

Bryce Carter paced Happy Valley with 13 points and Noah Stevens was next with seven points. Despite the outcome, all 11 Happy Valley players scored.

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Girls

Happy Valley 32, University High 23

The Lady Warriors held the Lady Bucs to just three points in the first quarter and two in the third to win their 10th straight game.

Happy Valley did particularly well with a 2-1-2 full court zone trap, forcing a slew of second-half turnovers.

"I think the last time we played them, we had a good defensive third quarter as well," Lady Warriors coach Thomas Gouge said. "We got after them a little bit with the traps and the interceptors did a good job, getting some steals."

Shalyn Whitson was the only player for either team in double figures, recording 11 points. Bailey Ball scored eight and Olivia Absher finished with six for Happy Valley.

"I'm proud of how we're playing," Gouge said. "Sometimes, you have to win ugly. We won ugly on the road and we'll take it."

Mauri Johnson led University High with eight points and Sarah Fisher had five.

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