VAN - The Van High School hoops squad advanced in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament with a win over Doddridge County on Jan. 26.
The Van Bulldogs (7-3) took an early 14-7 lead and took an 18-point lead to the locker room at intermission before winning big, 70-36.
"We played really well defensively and solid on the offensive end," said Van High Coach Dave Gogas.
As a team, Van hit nine 3-point shots in the game, led by leading scorer Taylor Jarrell's five.
The squad maintained a defensive intensity throughout the game according to Gogas.
Van held Doddridge to six fourth-quarter points, completing their defensive dominance. Doddridge (4-6) is currently on a four-game losing streak, having last tasted victory in a Dec. 29 win over Ritchie County.
Since their loss at Sherman on Jan. 12, Van High has won three games in a row.
Van Scoring - Taylor Jarrell-21 points, 3 fg, five 3-pts, 4 assists, 6 Reb, 4 steals, Gavin Smith - 13 points, 5 fg, 1 assist, 5 Reb, 1 steal, Tookey Gibson - 6 points, 3 fg, 0-2 ft, 2 assist, 11 Reb, 4 steals, Brandon Moore - 10 points, 5 fg, 4 Reb, 1 steal, Caleb Price - 2 points, 1 fg, 6 assists, 4 reb, 4 steals, Caleb Green - 10 points, , 2 3pt, 2 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals, David Stewart - 3 points, 1-2 ft, 2 Reb, 1 assists, 2 steals, Jacob Jarrell - 3 points, one 3pt, Jarred Puckett - 2 points, 2-2 ft. Doddridge was led by Chase Dunaway's 12 points.
On Jan. 29, Van fell to undefeated Valley (Fayette), 69-59 as part of the Big Atlantic Classic tournament.
"We didn't rebound ball on the defense end and turned the ball over entirely too much to give us a opportunity to win," Gogas said. "Give Valley credit, they created and capitalized on second-chance opportunities."
Gavin Smith led Van in that contest with 19 points. Van will play at Saint Joseph Central on Thursday, Feb. 8.