Different pace, same outcome; that’s how the fans were treated Friday night at “The Stable” as both the Mustangs and Lady Mustangs came away with district wins on the hardwood.
Walker Valley girls’ basketball coach Jessica Stone and the Lady Mustangs’ 66-25 win over Soddy-Daisy was purely a dominant performance on both ends of the floor.
The other side of that coin was Mustangs’ coach Bob Williams and Soddy-Daisy coach Reed Daniels watching their teams go back and forth from tip-off to final buzzer as the visiting Trojans fell in overtime to Walker Valley 80-77.
This marks the fourth straight game that the Mustangs’ fate was decided by three points or less.
Walker Valley’s Brandon Crews had 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime period including four 3-pointers to lead the Mustangs. He finished with six 3s and 25 points on the night.
Crews and classmate Dustin Swafford paced the Mustangs’ offense in the opening frame combining for 13 of their teams 19 points.
Swafford followed up his six first quarter points with five in the second, which was matched by fellow senior Lukas Korn. Swafford closed out the half with 11 of his 13 game points and sent his Mustangs into the locker room with a 37-35 halftime lead.
Coming out of the half, both teams seemed to go cold. Korn did the majority of the damage, scoring six of his team’s 12 third quarter points to push the score to 49-45 heading into the final frame.
The fourth quarter saw Soddy-Daisy fall behind by as many as 12 points before the Trojans battled back to tie the game 70-70 on a Tucker Landreth 3 with .05 seconds left on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
In the overtime period, there were four of the game’s 21 lead changes, but ultimately Crews converted his final two 3-pointers to go along with classmate Logan Melton’s four free throws to send the Trojans back across the river.
LADY MUSTANGS 66,
LADY TROJANS 25
Coming off a difficult loss to the McMinn County Lady Cherokees, Coach Jessica Stone looked to have her 4-3 Lady Mustangs rebound against a visiting Lady Trojans team that was looking for any momentum after coming into the contest at 2-5.
The Lady Mustangs used good defense, outstanding rebounding and deadly shooting to secure a 41-point victory, 66-25.
Walker Valley opened up the contest behind the sharp shooting of senior Victoria Jones and sophomore Kat Alomar. Both guards combined for 19 points behind five 3-pointers to close out the first quarter with a 25-12 lead and never looked back.
Opening up the second quarter, both teams swapped 3s before the Lady Mustangs’ defense stepped in and allowed the offense to roll off an 8-0 run to push the scoreboard to 36-15 heading in to the half.
Soddy Daisy came out of intermission determined not to roll over. Hannah Harris threw in five points coming out of the locker room, but the duo of Alomar and Jaclyn Griffith were too much as they combined for 10 points in extending the lead to 50-22 after three quarters.
When the final frame opened, Coach Stone had her reserves peel off the warm ups to get some game action. The young Lady Mustangs responded behind junior Callie Davis’ four points en route to a 16-3 run and a final of 66-25.
The Mustangs are home again Monday night as they will host Lenoir City. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
LADY MUSTANGS 66, LADY TROJANS 25
Soddy-Daisy 12 3 7 3 — 25
Walker Valley 25 11 14 16 — 66
Soddy Daisy (25) — Hannah Harris 11, Morgan Hopkins 4, Smith 3, Wade 3, Hale 2, King 2, Phillips, Hancock
Walker Valley (66) — Victoria Jones 13, Kat Alomar 13, Griffith 10, Mowery 10, Cox 5, Davis 4, Spann 4, White 3, Lay 2, Percy 2, Patel, Macon
3-point goals: Soddy Daisy 3 (Hopkins 1, Smith 1, Wade 1); Walker Valley 7 (Alomar 3, Jones 3, Griffith 1)
Records: Soddy Daisy 2-6, 1-2 5-AAA; Walker Valley 5-3, 2-1.
MUSTANGS 80, TROJANS 77 OT
Soddy Daisy 9 16 10 25 7 — 77
Walker Valley 19 18 12 21 10 — 80
Soddy Daisy (77) — James York 19, Tucker Landreth 12, Marshae Jeffries 12, Andy Wright 12, Floyd 8, Carter 6, Amos 4, Whymer 4
Walker Valley (80) — Brandon Crews 25, Lukas Korn 14, Melton 13, Swafford 13, Herd 5, Harwood 5, Jones 4, Russell, Morrow, Williams,
3-point goals: Soddy Daisy 7 (Landreth 2, York 2, Floyd 2, Wright 1 ); Walker Valley 7 (Crews 6, Herd 1).
Records: Soddy Daisy 5-3, 0-2 5-AAA; Walker Valley 5-3, 2-1.