Caney Valley earns sweep against Montgomery County rival Cherryvale

CHERRYVALE — Turning up the defensive intensity, the Caney Valley boys bounced back from their first loss of the season to thump Montgomery County rival Cherryvale 70-43 Tuesday night.

The Bullpups forced the Chargers into 26 turnovers, including 17 in the first half alone when they were able to open up a 39-25 halftime edge.

“We wanted to come out and establish our pressure and get them running right away,” said CVHS coach Andy Gillen. “That’s the way we have to play. We’re so undersized that we really have to rely on pressuring people everywhere and take them out of what they want to do. From what we saw on film, they really like to go down low. We wanted to put enough pressure on their guards to not be able to see the down low. We were pleased that we got off to a good start.”

Caney Valley heads into the holiday break at 3-1 overall in Gillen’s first season at the helm. The Bullpups will return to action on Jan. 2 at home against Sedan.

As for Cherryvale, it dropped to 2-3 on the season. The Chargers will also be back in action on Jan. 2 at Erie.

“Caney is a quick team, but I just through we played soft,” said Cherryvale coach Aaron Rehmert. Basically, they were the more physical, aggressive and stronger team. We just didn’t overcome the turnovers. That’s a good piece of humble pie going into the break. Hopefully that will make our guys hungry for six practices over the break.”

Leading by two, 11-9, Caney Valley ran off 15 straight points over the final 3:24 of the first quarter to open up a 26-9 edge. The ‘Pups led by as many as 20 points before halftime but settled for a 39-25 edge at the intermission.

CVHS put the game away in the second half by going on a 23-2 run that opened up as much as a 33-point lead at 62-29.

Evan Allen-Mader was the top scorer for Caney Valley with 16 points, while Trevor Watson had 11 and Camdyn Melchiori added 10.

Cherryvale was paced by Ryan Robertson with a game-high 17 points. Jayce Raida tacked on 10.

BOYS
Caney Valley 70, Cherryvale 43
CANEY VALLEY (3-1): Allen-Mader 6 4-7 16, Watson 1 (3) 0-0 11, Melchiori 0 (1) 7-8 10, Brown 3 2-2 8, T. Richey 3 0-1 6, G. Richey 1 (1) 1-2 6, Cowell 2 0-0 4, Vining 2 0-0 4, Wilson 0 (1) 0-0 3, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Buoy 0 0-2 0, Scott 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 19 (6) 14-22 70.
CHERRYVALE (2-3): Robertson 4 (2) 3-6 17, Raida 5 0-1 10, John 2 0-0 4, Lantz 0 (1) 0-0 3, Barnett 1 1-5 3, Cunningham 1 1-2 3, Hooper 1 0-0 2, Bennett 0 1-2 1, Essig 0 0-2 0, Verge 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 14 (3) 6-18 43.
CANEY VALLEY           26           13           23           8 — 70
CHERRYVALE                9           16             6          12 — 43

CANEY VALLEY GIRLS 44, CHERRYVALE 24

Limiting Cherryvale to just eight percent shooting in the first 2 1/2 quarters of action, the Caney Valley girls stormed out of the gates and never looked back in their 44-24 victory over the rival Lady Chargers Tuesday night.

“We were making wide-open shots and forcing them into some tough shots,” said CVHS coach Emily Washburn, whose squad was coming off a 51-42 home win over Dewey (Okla.) last Friday. “The last game we had was just turnover central. So we really talked about that in practice about not getting in such a hurry, taking care of the ball and every possession counting. It’s a very coachable group. They try to do what I ask. They try to follow the game plan and do what we work on going into games. We needed this.”

After opening the season with back-to-back losses at Leon-Bluestem and Neodesha, Caney Valley has now won consecutive games to head into the holiday break at 2-2 overall.

Cherryvale lost for the third time in four games to fall to 2-3.

“It is difficult to be successful when we shoot 18 percent,” said Lady Charger coach David Smedley. “We are playing hard and getting the shots that we need. The team is just in a slump. I know that they can shoot because they shot well last year. It is just a matter of us staying focused and working hard and eventually we will break out of the slump.”

Whether it was good defense from Caney Valley or tough shooting from Cherryvale, the Lady Chargers shot a miserable 3-of-28 in the first half and then missed their first nine shots out of the gate in the second half to fall to 3-of-37. They went more than 11 minutes without a field goal and finished the game 9-of-50 overall from the floor.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bullpups hit five three-pointers in the first half that allowed them to open up a 30-7 halftime lead. the margin grew to 42-13 at the end of three quarters.

Brea Buoy had three three-pointers as part of her game-high 13 points for Caney Valley. CVHS knocked down six treys as a team in the contest.

GIRLS
Caney Valley 44, Cherryvale 24
CANEY VALLEY (2-2): Buoy 0 (3) 4-4 13, Nunneley 0 (3) 0-0 9, Owens 3 2-5 8, L. Rogers 2 1-7 5, Mayfield 1 1-2 3, Richardson 1 0-0 2, S. Rogers 1 0-0 2, Webster 1 0-1 2, Clopp 0 0-0 0, Ritter 0 0-0 0, Culver 0 0-0 0, Simmons 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 9 (6) 8-19 44.
CHERRYVALE (2-3): Umbarger 1 3-4 5, Morris 2 0-0 4, Poole 1 2-5 4, Monroy 2 0-0 4, Hughes 0 (1) 0-0 3, Hucke 1 0-2 2, Wagner 1 0-0 2, Forman 0 0-0 0, Vining 0 0-0 0, McGhee 0 0-0 0, Collins 0 0-2 0. TOTALS 8 (1) 5-13 24.
CANEY VALLEY           12            18           12           2 — 44
CHERRYVALE               4               3             6         11 — 24

(Photo courtesy of Sheri Thompson)