Valentine, Steward deliver one-two punch against Saints

WORTON — The Trojans scored about as many points off of turnovers as they did on set plays, cutting loose for a season high of 72 points in a commanding win over St. Michaels’ varsity boys here Thursday night.

“That’s the team we’ve been waiting for,” longtime head coach Sobaye Scott said of the Trojans, who never trailed on the way to a 72-43 victory.

“It was our best game, defensively and offensively,” Scott added.

In the pre-game locker room chalk talk, Scott predicted double-doubles from JySir Valentine and Larry Steward and eight, seven and six points, respectively, from Jonah Somerville, Dwan Harris and Rah’Zir Wilson “if they ran my offense.”

By game’s end, Scott was looking like a prophet as Valentine led all players with 29 points and 15 rebounds.

Steward contributed 18 points and 10 boards.

As for the other starters, Wilson, called up over winter break from junior varsity, and Somerville each scored six points and Harris had three.

Kent County received scoring from seven of the eight players who dressed for the game.

For the visiting Saints (2-5), Johnny Mautz had 15 points and Nakhi Miller had 12.

Valentine, Wilson, Steward and Somerville collaborated on a 13-0 run to open the game, which ballooned to 24-9 by the first quarter’s end. 

Valentine scored 13 points in the frame.

The Trojans’ lead swelled to 31-9 just 1 minute, 44 seconds into the second quarter when Valentine made two free throws to finish off a flurry of six straight points.

Kent County (3-4) took its largest lead of the half, 38-15, on Landon Wallace’s three-point play with 1:25 remaining.

Through three quarters, KCHS’ biggest lead was 25 points, 51-26, on a Somerville-to-Steward bucket with 4:46 to play in the quarter.

The Trojans led by at least 22 points the rest of the way.

Wilson, who is playing high school basketball for the first time at KCHS, has quickly adapted to the varsity-level game.

“I thought the jayvee game was too slow for him,” Scott said in a telephone interview Sunday, Jan. 7.

“I like his craftiness. I could see that he had court vision and that he could handle the ball,” Scott said of Wilson, who has been tasked with running the offense as point guard.

Wilson also has impressed with his defensive chops.

“He doesn’t give up on plays,” Scott said.

Scott said that Wilson is an example that “It’s not all about offense.”

Kent County is on the road Monday, Jan. 8 at Colonel Richardson.

The next home game is Tuesday against Kent Island. The junior varsity tip-off is at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity game at about 5:30 p.m.




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