SODDY-DAISY — Both Walker Valley squads edged a little closer to .500 during Friday night’s games against the Soddy-Daisy Trojans. For the Lady Mustangs, it was a positive step. For WV’s boys ... not so much.
After winning Tuesday night against Baylor, the Lady Mustangs made it a two-win week and moved to 3-1 in their last four games with a 74-35 clobbering of the Lady Trojans.
The scent of home cooking filled Soddy’s gym during the boys’ game. In a completely unrelated note, the Trojans went to the free throw line 33 times (including three technical fouls against WV) to Walker Valley’s 13 charity-stripe-shots as the home team handed the visiting Mustangs a 56-46 loss.
Both Mustang squads are back in action Tuesday at home as they look for payback against the McMinn Central Chargers.
Lady Mustangs 74
Lady Trojans 35
It might not have been the prettiest game that ever took place on a hardwood surface, but a win is a win and Lady Mustang head coach Jessica Stone will take it.
“Offensively, we have had to switch more to a guard-heavy offense with Lindsey Sotuyo out. We were only able to practice this one for about two days, but I think we came out here and executed it pretty well tonight despite the limited practice,” explained Stone.
Perhaps the biggest highlight to come out of Friday’s game was some impressive play from the Walker Valley bench down the stretch.
Sophomore D.J. Mowery came into the game during the fourth quarter and put 10 on the scoreboard in less than eight minutes of play. Fellow sophomore Callie Davis also came off the bench and scrapped for loose ball as well as draining a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the game.
In fact, every member of the Lady Mustangs that saw time on the floor went on to put points on the board on the way to the lop-sided victory.
Jaclyn Griffith led Walker Valley scoring with 11 points. Mowery and Victoria Jones also hit double-digits with 10 points apiece.
Trojans 56, Mustangs 46
While Walker Valley’s girls were draining shots all night, it was a little bit of a different story during the boys’ half of the evening.
An awkward team to match-up against, Soddy-Daisy slowly picked away to an early lead that they held on to late thanks to some whistling-good defense.
The Mustangs kicked off the fourth quarter with a 10-1 run that gave them their first lead since the very beginning of the second quarter.
That’s about the time that Trojans started shooting their 19 fourth-quarter free throws.
With just minutes left on the clock, Walker Valley still only trailed by a mere two points, but two final technical-fouls in the last minute and a half destroyed Mustang momentum while allowing Soddy to surge on ahead to a 56-46 District 5-AAA win.
Walker Valley scoring was led by Tucker Godfrey who notched 15 points. Jackson Brownfield made 14 points, and Caio Hysinger rounded out double-digit scoring with 10 points.
Walker Valley 16 10 20 28 — 74
Soddy-Daisy 12 9 7 7 — 35
LADY MUSTANGS (75) — Jaclyn Griffith 11, D.J. Mowery 10, Victoria Jones 10, T. Davis 8, Watson 7, Beavers 6, C. Davis 5, Pitner 5, Wilson 3, Percy 3, Macon 2, Alomar 2, Brumfield.
LADY TROJANS (35) — Shanna Ward 13, Orr 5, Wade 5, Mitchell 5, Smith 4, Harris 2, Hopkins 1, Hancock, Phillips, Hale.
3-POINTERS: Walker Valley 8 (P.Davis 2, Beavers 2, Pitner, Griffith, C. Davis, Watson); Soddy-Daisy 4 (Ward 3, Smith).
FREE THROWS: Walker Valley 14-of-24; Soddy-Daisy 4-of-17.
RECORDS: Walker Valley 5-7, 2-2 District 5-AAA; Soddy-Daisy 5-5, 0-4 District 5-AAA.
Walker Valley 6 14 7 19 — 46
Soddy-Daisy 7 16 13 20 — 56
TROJANS (56) — T. Landreth 20, J. York 12, Amos 5, Wright 5, Carter, Shell 5, Jeffries 4, Floyd 5, Gilbert.
MUSTANGS (46) — Travis Godfrey 15, Caio Hysinger 10, Jackson Brownfield 14, Harwood 7, Melton, Cartwright, Korn, Morrow, Russell, Swafford.
3-POINTERS: Walker Valley 2 (Godfrey); Soddy-Daisy 2 (Landreth, Floyd).
FREE THROWS: Walker Valley 8-of-13; Soddy-Daisy 26-of-34.
RECORDS: Walker Valley 7-5, 1-3 District 5-AAA; Soddy-Daisy 4-5, 1-3 District 5-AAA.