MHJH splits at Valley Springs

MHJH splits at Valley Springs


MHJH splits at Valley Springs


VALLEY SPRINGS — Luke Kruse pumped in 24 points, including 12 in the third quarter, to lead the Mountain Home Junior Bombers to a 44-27 road victory over the Valley Springs Junior Tigers on Monday night at Tiger Lair.

Talyn Benton knocked down a 3-pointer to start the contest, and the Junior Bombers never trailed. The score was tied just one time at 3-3 when Lawson Jenkins answered on the other end for Valley Springs, but Kruse hit a 3-pointer, followed by a bucket by Conner Oxford and a basket by Kruse to put the Junior Bombers up 10-3, taking a 12-5 lead into the second stanza.

When Kruse converted a 3-point play at the 3:55 mark, Mountain Home held a 15-7 edge, and the Junior Bombers were up 18-11 when Kruse hit two free throws with 47.9 seconds left in the half. But, the Junior Tigers scored the final four points of the opening half — all on free throws by Brock Knapp and Isaiah Evans — to close the gap to 18-15 at intermission.

Mountain Home's Bayler Crecelius dribbles past a Highland defender during a recent game. The Junior Bombers defeated Valley Springs 44-27 on Monday night.

Mountain Home’s Bayler Crecelius dribbles past a Highland defender during a recent game. The Junior Bombers defeated Valley Springs 44-27 on Monday night.

Kruse took over for Mountain Home in the third, scoring his team’s first 10 points of the the half and putting the Junior Bombers up 28-18 with his second 3-pointer. Oxford had the only non-Kruse points of the third when he scored with 26 seconds left to make it 30-20, and Kruse finished off the stanza with a layup in the waning seconds for a 32-20 Mountain Home lead going into the final frame.

The Junior Bombers scored the first bucket of the final quarter and were up 38-22 two minutes into the fourth, eventually leading by as many as 18 in the final minutes.

Oxford finished with eight points for Mountain Home while Benton had seven.

Jenkins led Valley Springs with 12.

Mountain Home won the seventh-grade boys’ contest, 32-10.


Kruse 24, Oxford 8, Benton 7, Peters 5.


Jenkins 12, Flud 5, Knapp 4, Jones 2, Gundry 2, Evans 2.

MOUNTAIN HOME 12  6  14  12  —  44

VALLEY SPRINGS  5  10  5  7  — 27

Junior Lady Tigers 43,

Junior Lady Bombers 22

The Valley Springs junior girls remained unbeaten in 12 games so far this season, scoring the first 18 points on Mountain Home in Monday’s contest and cruising to the 21-point victory.

Cas Yocham scored 10 points, including two 3-point plays, while Madison Moore and Bailey Bryant had four each as the Junior Lady Tigers bolted out to an 18-0 advantage. Mountain Home finally got into the scoring column when Payton Huskey converted a layup with 33 seconds left in the opening stanza. The Junior Lady Tigers had the last word, however, scoring another layup to take a 20-2 lead into the second quarter.

The Junior Lady Bombers only scored two field goals in the first half while struggling at times with the ferocious full-court press by Valley Springs. Mountain Home finished with 18 turnovers in the first half, while Valley Springs led by as much as 30-5 on a free throw by Yocham at the 1:39 mark before Abby Dietsche hit two free throws for Mountain Home to close the gap to 30-7 before intermission.

The Junior Lady Tigers led by as many as 27 points two times in the second half, going up 39-12 then taking a 41-16 lead into the fourth where Valley Springs led 43-16 before Mountain Home scored the game’s last six points.

Moore finished with 13 points to lead Valley Springs. Yocham had 12 and Bryant added 10.

Huskey and Dietsche led Mountain Home with five points each.

Mountain Home opened the evening with a 30-22 victory in the seventh-grade girls’ game.


Huskey 5, Dietsche 5, Martin 5, Kelly 3, Pinn 2, Jones 2.


Moore 13, Yocham 12, Bryant 10, Karr 6, Fry 2.

MOUNTAIN HOME  2  5  8  7  —  22

VALLEY SPRINGS  20  10  11  2  —  43


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