Valley View Elementary’s boys, who had a losing record at the end of the regular season, were unlikely candidates to claim a championship during the Campbell County Basketball Tournament last week at Wynn.
However, the Bobcats managed to upset two higher seeded teams on their way to a large school elementary boy’s title.
Caleb Ivey scored seven of his team-high nine points in the fourth quarter to capture MVP honors and lead Valley View (7-6 overall) to a 29-25 victory over second-seeded Caryville during Saturday’s finals. Jackson Tomblin and Zach Rutherford chipped in eight and six points, respectively, for the winners.
John Paul led all scorers with 10 points for the Cardinals, who became the highest seeded team left after the Bobcats eliminated previously unbeaten LaFollette, 34-32, in overtime last Monday.
“At the beginning of year, I had two kids that had never played before. They were good athletes but didn’t know anything about basketball,” said Valley View coach Brent Peel.
“I just told them to keep working hard and that tournament time is when it counts.
“When we beat Jacksboro (final game of regular season) that was a big confidence booster. Then we went into the tournament and played well against LaFollette.
“From where we were to where we ended up...the kids worked so hard and started believing in themselves.”
LaFollette Elementary’s girls won their division to repeat as county champions. The Lady Owls defeated rival Jacksboro, 34-16, in Saturday’s championship game.
Kasi Phillips and MVP Skylar Boshears led LaFollette with 14 and eight points, respectively. Stacey Morton carried Jacksboro with nine points. The Lady Owls completed an incredible run with back-to-back county titles and a 25-1 record over the past two seasons.
The Christian Academy of Campbell County captured a small school elementary girl’s crown with a 29-23 triumph over Elk Valley.
Alecee Barnum earned MVP honors by scoring a game-high 18 points for the Lady Warriors. Meghan Minton led Elk Valley with 13 points.
“I’ve never seen a group of girls play with more heart when they’re outgunned and outmanned,” said first-year CACC coach Bobby Heatherly.
The Lady Warriors lost only one game all season.
LaFollette swept rival Jacksboro in the large middle school divisions. The Lady Owls got 11 points from MVP Kendra King and 10 from Sissy Bailey during a 44-13 championship game victory. Kierra Ward and Brooke Bane led the Lady Eagles with six and five points, respectively.
The Owls won the boy’s championship, 29-9.
Austin North led the winners with 12 points, while teammate Roston Letner was named MVP. Tyler Loveday scored four of the Eagles’ nine points.