HYNDMAN — The game between Turkeyfoot Valley and HOPE for Hyndman was close for much of the first half, but when the Rams got an opening they took off.

Holding a five-point lead, the Rams outscored the Hornets 8-2 in the remaining 4:40 of the first half, ultimately winning 71-39, Friday.

The night was highlighted by Hornet senior Banks Stouffer scoring his 1,000th career point.

Stouffer was assisted by Noah Stair as the Hornets opened the game, but back-to-back lay-ups by the Rams gave the visitors a 4-2 advantage.

HOPE for Hyndman’s Alex Cosgrove got a putback and another Stouffer basket was assisted by Stair, pushing the hosts ahead, 6-4.

The Rams added another two baskets, while Eli Shaffer was assisted by Hyndman teammate Dylan Kamauff to tie the game, 8-8, with 2:37 left to play.

Turkeyfoot added three consecutive baskets to take a 14-8 lead before Stouffer tried for a three-pointer as the buzzer rang. Turkeyfoot’s Blake Nicholson was called for a foul and the Hornet went to the free throw line. Stouffer added all three attempts, with his second being his 1,000th-point, cutting the deficit to three points, 14-11.

The Rams opened the second period with a six-point stretch, but Stouffer kept the Hornets within six points with a three, 20-14.

Following a lay-up by Turkeyfoot, Stouffer added another three points to cut the deficit to five, 22-17, but that was the closest the Hornets could come to the Rams.

Turkeyfoot finished out the first half on a 24-2 run. The final two buckets of the first half were three-pointers by Tanner Colefish, beginning a 14-point run that extended well into the second half, pushing the the Rams ahead, 44-19.

The Hornets were zero for seven for field goals scored before Stouffer added a bucket, but the Rams answered with five points.

Cosgrove was fouled as he scored from the paint while the Rams added a three-pointer. Shaffer had a putback for the hosts, but the Rams scored three three-pointers to take a 61-25 lead into the final period.

Colefish opened the fourth with consecutive lay-ups before Stair added a free throw. Stouffer added a pair of buckets and a free throw as the Rams outscored the hosts 8-5, holding on for the 79-31 victory.

Stouffer led the Hornets with 20 points, while Colefish led the night with 41 points.

The Hornets visits Calvary Christian on Monday.


Turkeyfoot Valley 14 22 25 18 — 79

HOPE for Hyndman 11 8 6 6 — 31

Turkeyfoot Valley (79) — Colefish (4) 14 1-1 41; Nicholson 3 0-0 6; McClintock 1 2-2 4; SHafer (4) 6 0-0 24; Kemp (1) 0 1-2 4; King 0 0-0 0; Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals: (9) 24 4-5 79. HOPE for Hyndman (31) — Banks Stouffer (1) 6 5-8 20; Noah Stair 0 1-2 1; Eli Shaffer 3 0-2 6; Alex Cosgrove 2 0-3 4; Dylan Kamauff 0 0-0 0; Mason Orndorff 0 0-0 0; Jakob Turner 0 0-0 0. Totals: (1) 11 6-15 31. No JV.


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