Spring Valley girls and boys beat Lexington in hoops PLUS other scores
By Tyler Cupp
The Spring Valley Vikings made the sweep of Lexington in high school hoops on Friday night. It was all business for the top ranked Spring Valley girls who led from end to end winning 72-43. They are now 18-2 overall and still perfect in the region at 7-0. Coach Megan Assey’s Lady Vikings were lifted by a huge second quarter outscoring the Lady Wildcats 25-6. Leading 41-19 at the halftime break, it was all downhill from there as they broke it open making a it a 30 point deficit with 3:50 left in the third quarter. Coach Assey was a bit modest on the win. “I thought we played pretty good defense for the most part. We are kind of striving to be better there. I would have liked to have seen that carried over a little better in second half. If we can build off of this we can be strong. As for the Lady Wildcats, Coach Molly Goodrich knew what was coming, but just had no answer for this powerhouse of a team. “All we wanted to do was to play one possesion at a time and have some better defense. It was a tough night on offense. We just tried to limit their shots but they were on fire tonight. As much as they try to cherry pick, all we can do is chase them down.”
The Lady Vikings had 4 in double figures and were led by Lauren Taylor (16) inside who was a force down low in the post, rebounding and scoring the basketball. Even when double teamed, Taylor found a way to get free and score at times. Part of the that second quarter outburst can be also credited to Tykiera Wiley who scored all of her 8 points in those 12 minutes on 4 field goals. Also scoring in double digits for SV were Taylor Lewis (15), Destiny Coleman (10) and Ashley Williamson (15). Coach Assey is still not totally pleased with the offensive production and hopes to see more in the future. “Again we are working on offense, from swinging the ball out to reversing it. When we get everyone involved on offense, it looks good. We are still fine tuning that a little bit. ”
The Lexington girls fought hard, there’s no doubt about that. They actually did a good job of ball movement and creating a shot, but Spring Valley defensively is just too good. They are long and lengthy which makes it tough to get shots off. The closest this game got was at the end of the first quarter as Alanna Langford drilled a three to make it 12-10 at the buzzer. From there however, SV turned on the defensive pressure and never let up. Even after the first 24 minutes of play, Coach Assey was making adjustments. “We talked to the girls at halftime about playing good strong defense you know.” Coach Assey said.” Being active with hands and keeping the up. When you do that, good things happen for you.” In the loss, Olivia Thompson for Lexington led the lady Wildcats with 18. Its tough to stop her, she recently scored 1000 total points for her career earlier this season.
All in all, this game went about as most thought it would go in Region 5-5A. Coach Goodrich still has her sights set on a playoff berth for her Lady Wildcats and gave the keys to what her team needs to do in this final push. “Defense and rebounding are key down the stretch here. We have to stay healthy too and get our minds right. This loss won’t affect us how we play next week or after that. This team we played tonight is ahead of everyone else, and we are battling with the rest of them. ”
L: Olivia Thompson 18, Nichols 2, Ay. Langord 3, Davis 4, Al. Langford 8, Foulks 2, Chura 6. SV: Taylor Lewis 15, Wiley 8, Wall 6, Destiny Coleman 10, L. Taylor 15, Ashley Williamson 16, K. Taylor 2
Spring Valley Boys hold on for a close win
The Spring Valley boys just held on for a close 64-61 win over the Lexington Wildcats. This would give the teams a split of the regular season matchup as the Wildcats won earlier this season to start region play. Vikings are now 5-2 in the region while Lexington falls to 2-5.
There was a lot of respect between both these head coaches. Perry Dozier of Spring Valley was emphatic that this Lexington team can not be overlooked. “Yea we needed that one tonight. You know we fell to them up there at their place in the first region game of the year so we know that they can play. Coach (Bailey) Harris knows what he’s doing. He’s won 600 games and has been doing it a long time. But it was a whole lot tougher than I expected today.” Tough indeed, Wildcats would not go away in this one. Vikings held a double digit lead at halftime but Lexington chipped away and gave this game a fun finish.
The Wildcats kept it within striking distance for most of the second half including the final minute. Junior Forward Tyler Reed made it a 1 point game catching the Viking defense off guard and out of position going coast to coast for an easy layup. With the score 62-61, Lexington went from a 2-3 match up zone to a press man and tried to force a bad pass. Jalen Smith got a basket after some quick passing down court and layed it up and in quickly bringing the Viking lead back up to three points. Then, with 20 seconds left, Lexington wasn’t able to get a shot off as SV trapped on the double team and stole it away and ran out out the clock for the win.
That’s how it finished, but this game was one of runs, even in the very start. After scoring the game’s first 5 points, Lexington would all of a sudden go stagnant, as Spring Valley jumped out to a 20-5 first quarter lead and it came mostly from three pointers by Julian Smith and Jamal Williams. Nothing went right for the Wildcats in that stretch. Coach Bailey Harris on the rough start. “We made a lot of mistakes there from turnovers to bad shots. They made six three pointers I think in the first half and several of those were uncontested. They were really aggressive and took us out of some stuff. We settled in later and played well from that point on.”
Perry Dozier was happy to see his team jump out strong like that but his team apparently has struggled keeping that intensity for all four quarters. “I think we came out with good intensity.” Dozier said. ” Defense was there and we did everything we were supposed to do. And everything we wanted to do. But my team needs to learn how to play four quarters.”
Lexington would get back into this later in the game by switching up on defense going from man to zone then on offense finding the open man. Tyler Reed was huge for the Wildcats hitting not just 5 field goals in the second half, but also connecting on 8 of 9 free throws, too. “You know we took care of the ball better.” Harris said of the second half. “We stopped them from getting easy run outs on us. We made some shots and good plays there late.” Lexington will now be in a fight for a playoff spot the rest of the way. They know that this one just slipped by them. Bailey Harris was adamant about that tonight. “I’m going to tell them that the 4 minute stretch in that first quarter was the difference in the ball game here for us. You gotta play 32 minutes all the way thru.”
SV: Smith 8, R. Williams 12, Elkins 10, Cohens 7, Moore 19, Jones 3. L: Vandergeest 6, Mason Carver 15, Hiller 3, Green 2, Foulks 3, Corley 8, Tyler Reed 24
Other scores of note from around the area
In GIRLS basketball:
Dutch Fork defeated River Bluff 66-31
Irmo over Blythewood 47-21
Gray Collegiate 39-23 over CA Johnson
In BOYS basketball:
Dutch Fork 53, River Bluff 47
Lugoff-Elgin 50-46 over Columbia.
Blythewood edges past Irmo 63-58
AC Flora 63, Dreher 47