Valentine’s free throws in final minute secures Johnstown’s berth in regional final
LOGAN -- Junior point guard Laiken Valentine went 10-for-12 from the free throw line including 6-for-6 in the final 50 seconds to lead the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team past Proctorville Fairland 53-47 on March 6 in a Division III regional semifinal at Logan.
The Johnnies improved to 23-4 and will play Beverly Fort Frye at 1:30 p.m. March 9 in a regional final at Logan. Fort Frye defeated Frankfort Adena 66-47 in the other semifinal to improve to 22-3.
“Once I made the first two free throws (with 50 seconds remaining), I knew I could make the others,” said Valentine, who finished with 15 points. “Then I just happened to have the ball when they decided to foul, and I was able to do what I could for the team.”
Johnstown limited Fairland’s 6-foot-4 junior post player Terra Stapleton to 11 points. Stapleton, a Minnesota recruit, had only two points in the second half.
The Johnnies held a 49-26 rebounding edge as sophomore forward Paige Cannon had nine rebounds and junior Makenzie Spang had eight boards.
Cannon led with 22 points and junior guard Natalie Carpenter added 13 points. Johnstown was 20 of 27 from the free throw line.