In late November, Walker Valley’s boys got involved in a high-speed battle against the Chargers at Central, but despite their best efforts the Mustangs fell just short.
Tuesday night, on the other hand, was a foul-filled slog-fest that saw neither team grab much momentum. Yet, in the end, Central more successfully trudged through the quagmire to come away with a 79-64 win.
On the girls’ side of the night, Chargerette standout Elizabeth Masengil went off for 30 points as Central buried the Lady Mustangs 88-52.
It was physical. It was chippy. It was what fans have come to expect when the Mustangs and Chargers take the floor against each other. With a grand total of 45 combined fouls and 73 shots from the free-throw line, the game eroded any hope either team had for establishing an offensive rhythm.
“I felt like we came out with a lot of intensity early. There were mistakes by both team. We just have to do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. We have to limit our mistakes, because every time we got a little something going we would do something to take us right back out of it again,” expressed Walker Valley head coach Bob Williams after the game.
After finishing the first quarter knotted up at 16-all the Chargers began to slowly pull ahead, taking a 35-26 advantage at the half.
Walker Valley battled back late in the third quarter, cutting the lead down to just seven points. But, fouls and miscues took the team back out of the running and allowed Central to finish in control.
Austin Harwood did come away with a big game for the Mustangs, netting 25 points. Tucker Godfrey also hit double-digit scoring with 11 points.
Lady Mustangs 44
There wasn’t much to report from the girls game that wasn’t general knowledge already. McMinn Central is a pretty good basketball team, and Masengil can almost score at will.
Play was physical and contentious, but the score was never in doubt as the Chargerettes led by 10 points at the end of the first quarter and 21 by the half.
Lyndsey Macon led Lady Mustang scoring with 12 points, eight of which came from the charity stripe.
Both Walker Valley squads will have to pick themselves up and dust themselves off as they prepare for a full weekend worth of basketball at the Dade County Christmas Tournament in Trenton, Ga., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
McMinn Central 22 27 23 14 — 86
Walker Valley 10 18 11 5 — 44
Chargerettes — Emily Masengil 30, Morrow 5, Truelove 3, Williams 6, Young 10, Coleman 11, Trentham 12, Atkins 2, Gray 8.
Lady Mustangs — Lyndsey Macon 12, Jones 2, Percy 4, Pitner 6, P. Davis 4, Beavers 6, Griffith 3, C. Davis, Wilson, Alomar 8, Mowery 5.
3-POINTERS: Central 4 (Morrow, Williams, Young, Coleman); Walker Valley 5 (Pitner 2, Beavers 2, Griffith).
FREE THROWS: Central 17-of-19; Walker Valley 17-of-22.
RECORDS: Central 11-1; Walker Valley 5-8.
McMinn Central 16 19 19 25 — 79
Walker Valley 16 10 21 17 — 64
Chargers — Bradley Ward 14, Josh Scudder 10, Bull 2, Cook 4, Tim Webb 21, Boyd 4, Holley 2, Max Miller 22, Kepley.
Mustangs — Austin Harwood 25, Tucker Godfrey 11, Hysinger 6, Melton 2, Carwright 2, Korn 8, Morrow, Swafford 4, Brownfield 5.
3-POINTERS: Central 3 (Cook, Webb, Miller); Walker Valley 1 (Godfrey).
FREE THROWS: Central 26-of-39; Walker Valley 17-of-34.
RECORDS: Central 11-1; Walker Valley 7-6.