The Lady Mustangs improved their record to 10-12 with a 53-49 payback win over the Lady Chiefs.
The Mustangs now stand at 12-9 after their 69-62 win over the Chiefs.
Momentum was in the favor of the Walker Valley girls going into Thursday night’s game after their 49-point win over Ooltewah, 74-25, on Tuesday.
The Lady Mustangs would strike first with a basket by Wendi Watson. The first period would remain a closely matched one as the teams fiercely battled to take the lead. Walker Valley managed to come out on top 13-12 to end the first.
Sequoyah started off the second period strong, and at the seven minute mark had taken a three-point lead. The Lady Mustangs were able take back the lead with three minutes remaining, and ended the second period ahead by only one point.
The second half began with another hard-fought period and the home team was finally able to take a multipoint lead over the visitors.
“I feel like in the first half we were trying to force passes into the middle of their zone and just forcing passes in general. Once they stopped doing that, I think things got a little bit smoother for us,” Walker Valley head coach Jessica Stone said of her team’s transition into the second half.
By the end of the third period the Lady Mustangs were up 34-29 and the Lady Chiefs were never able to retake the lead for the remainder of the game.
The fourth period remained a tight one and was comprised mostly of foul shots by both teams. Walker Valley had 16 foul shots, making 11, while Sequoyah was 8-of-14 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Mustangs managed to come out victorious with a 53-49 win over the Lady Chiefs.
During the game the Navy-and-Gold made 18-of-25 free throws, while the visitors were only able to make 8-of-20.
“We always work on rebounding and defense every day, and then probably just try to get a bunch of shots up. We’ve really got to work on late-game situation stuff,” Stone stated.
The Lady Mustangs were led by Watson with 14 points, followed closely by Kathleen Alomar with 13. Victoria Jones was able to chip in another 10 points to the team total. Watson, Alomar, Jones, Peyton Davis, and Jaclyn Griffith each hit one of the five Lady Mustang 3-pointers.
The Lady Chiefs were led by Emily Ingram with 16 points. Ingram was also responsible for all of the team’s three 3-pointers.
The Mustangs pushed past their overtime loss to the Owls on Tuesday and added another “W” to the win column as they came out on top over the Chiefs.
“It always feels good to get a win,” Mustang head coach Bob Williams said after the game.
The first period seemed to test Walker Valley, as Sequoyah controlled most of the period’s pace. Well-timed 3-pointers from Caio Hysinger and Tucker Godfrey helped Walker Valley stay in the hunt and end the period trailing the Chiefs by only one point, 15-14.
The Mustangs managed to outscore the visitors by one point in the second period and ended the half tied 25-25.
“Sequoyah is a good team. They’re a good-shooting team, a well coached team, and I knew it was going to be tough for them coming in here,” Williams said of the opponent.
The Mustangs were able to come to life in the third period, adding another 18 points to the scoreboard, while allowing the Chiefs only 10 additional points.
The fourth period proved to be challenging as Sequoyah came back determined to decrease the deficit.
Free throws helped the Mustangs maintain the lead, as they made all but one of the 16 shots from the charity line.
“I was worried about them being a little down after losing a tough one like that. We had some bad moments in the fourth quarter where we turned it over and they came after us hard, and we didn’t take care of the ball,” Williams said. “We made our free throws down the stretch, so all in all I’m pleased with the effort and the guys hung in there and got the win.”
The Chiefs fiercely battled until the final seconds wound down and actually outscored the Mustangs 27-26 in the fourth period, but it was not enough to change the outcome.
Walker Valley was 20-for-23 in free throws Thursday night, while Sequoyah was 16-for-23. Both teams hit four 3-pointers, with Godfrey and Hysinger both getting two of the Mustangs’ shots from distance.
Jackson Brownfield, Hysinger, and Godfrey were all at 100 percent from the free-throw line. Godfrey was 6-for-6 and both Hysinger and Brownfield were 4-for-4.
The Mustangs were led by Hysinger with 18 points, Godfrey with 16, and Gabe Cartwright with 13.
Walker Valley 13 13 8 19 — 53
Sequoyah 12 13 4 19 — 49
LADY MUSTANGS (53) — Victoria Jones 10, Percy, P. Davis 3, Macon 2, Griffith 5, C. Davis, Cox, Kathleen Alomar 13, Wendi Watson 14, Spann, Mowery 6, Beavers, Wilson.
LADY CHIEFS (49) — Torbett, Slapson 4, Hall, Miller, Slack 8, Weise 1, Atchley 8, Emily Ingram 16, White, Freeman 4, Welsham 4, Isbill, Whited 4, Torbett, Guard.
3-point goals: Walker Valley 5 (P. Davis, Jones, Griffith, Watson, Alomar); Sequoyah 3 (Ingram 3).
Free throws: Walker Valley 18-of-25; Sequoyah 8-of-20.
Records: Walker Valley 10-12; Sequoyah 15-6.
Walker Valley 15 10 10 27 — 69
Sequoyah 12 11 18 26 — 62
MUSTANGS (66) — Tucker Godfrey 16, Harwood 5, Caio Hysinger 18, Melton 4, Gabe Cartwright 13, Russell, Crews, Swafford 5, Brownfield 8, Hunt, Anthony, .
CHIEFS (67) — Harman 4, Millsaps 8, B. Strickland 8, T. King, Morris, B. King, Denham 3, Stephens 6, Moore, Schaffer, Hawkins 26.
3-point goals: Walker Valley 4 (Hysinger 2, Godfrey 2); Sequoyah 4 (King, Stephens, Hawkins 2).
Free throws: Walker Valley 20-of-23; Sequoyah 16-of-23.
Records: Walker Valley 12-9; Sequoyah 10-11.