By RICHARD ROBERTS
It might or will not be a delusion, however Friday the 13th proved to be an unfortunate day for Walker Valley basketball.
The Girl Mustangs fought again from a 10-point, second-quarter deficit to tie McMinn County on the halftime break, however a fourth quarter dry spell sealed their destiny because the Girl Cherokees handed Walker Valley its first District 5-AAA loss in a 55-46 defeat.
The Mustangs picked up three charging calls within the first quarter and struggled your complete evening to maintain up with the fast-paced play of the Cherokees. The Walker Valley boys ended the evening with a complete of 5 prices and gave up a vital foul with lower than three seconds to play, that led to a heartbreaking 63-61.
“They outplayed us for 32 minutes. They’re a great basketball staff. They play quick and put a variety of strain on you. We simply weren’t prepared and that is my fault. I take duty for that,” stated a dejected head coach Will Campbell after the primary district defeat for his Mustangs.
Walker Valley (8-2, 2-1 District 5-AAA) struggled from the outset to maintain tempo with McMinn’s tight press and up-tempo tempo of play. An early 17-Three run underscored by three charging calls on the Mustangs put the Cherokees out entrance 19-Eight as the primary quarter got here to a detailed. A Tribe 3-pointer made it 22-11 on the buzzer.
The Mustangs discovered their footing within the second quarter with a 5-Zero run to chop the hole to 22-16. Again-to-back 3s by Jake Smith and Will Campbell tied the rating at 24-24 with 5 minutes left within the half. Walker Valley took a 28-26 lead with just below two minutes to play, however trailed 29-28 on the break.
“It wasn’t like we turned it over a lot inbounding towards their press or getting it throughout (mid courtroom) towards the press. I feels prefer it sped us up generally. We made some dangerous selections on the again finish of the press round our personal objective. That is the place most of our turnovers got here from, round our personal rim,” stated Campbell.
The battle continued within the third with the Mustangs pushing by the Tribe’s press protection for 18 third-quarter factors. McMinn led 39-33 with simply over three minutes left within the quarter earlier than Shimier Davis battled for a layup to make it 39-35. Campbell stepped to the free-throw line to push in three and adopted up with a Three from the highest of the important thing to provide Walker Valley a 41-39 lead. McMinn answered with seven unanswered factors adopted by a Seth Sausville trey for the Mustangs that pulled Walker Valley again inside two at 46-44. Reid Berger fought by the McMinn protection for the ultimate two factors of the quarter, tying the sport at 46-46 on the horn.
The Mustangs used the free-throw line to tug forward 53-49 early within the fourth, however the Cherokees answered again from the road to go up 55-53. McMinn led 60-54 with 3:11 to play and held a 60-58 benefit with two minutes on the clock. A Walker Valley missed layup with 1:04 to go and a turnover seconds later saved the McMinn lead intact.
Berger hit the again finish of a one-and-one with eight second left to make the rating 60-59 and Campbell tied the sport from the road with two free throws with 4.Eight to go. However a foul by the Mustangs with 2.5 seconds on the clock despatched the Cherokees to the road, the place two throws from the mark locked up the win.
“I felt like they (McMinn) had a great plan for what they needed to do and we form of fell proper into the tempo of their sport and the way they needed to play. They form of dictated that,” Coach Campbell stated.
“I am certain they had been somewhat drained, however that wasn’t it. That did not have something to do with the result tonight. We’ll be alright. We’ll be taught from this one. It is early. It is solely the third district sport. We have got 18 regular-season video games left and we have simply obtained to get higher. That is what we’ll attempt to do. ”
The youthful Campbell led the Mustangs with 19 factors adopted in double figures by Berger with 11 and Davis with 10.
LADY TRIBE 55
LADY MUSTANGS 46
McMinn scored the primary eight factors and by no means appeared again within the opening sport of the evening.
Senior Laney Harris led the Girl Mustangs (3-7, 2-1 District 5-AAA) with 17 factors, opening with the primary of her two 3s halfway by the primary quarter. Marissa Patel adopted with a pair of 3-pointers to chop the McMinn (4-5, 2-2) result in 16-9 on the finish of the primary quarter.
“She (Harris) is form of our glue lady. She does a variety of good issues for us. She form of does all of it,” praised Girl Mustang coach Drew Lyness. “Quite a lot of women assist us in so many various methods and it is good to see them form of feed off one another.”
The Girl Mustangs, coming off an enormous Thursday loss towards White County, picked up the scoring within the second quarter, slicing a 10-point deficit to simply two factors with just below three minutes left within the half. Tasia Roberts closed the McMinn result in 24-22 with a late bucket simply earlier than the half.
“We requested them to bounce again from final evening (Thursday) and we had an ideal first half,” stated Lyness. “A couple of minutes there within the third quarter put us in somewhat little bit of a gap. We saved making an attempt to dig out of, however we simply could not fairly seal the deal.”
Harris opened the third quarter along with her 10th level of the evening to tie the sport 24-24 earlier than the Girl Tribe put up 4 straight to take a 28-24 lead.
Again-to-back 3-pointers from Michele Benson and Harris gave the Girl Mustangs their first lead of the evening, 32-31 with 3:44 left within the third. Benson added two extra seconds later to make it 34-31. Walker Valley may solely handle two extra factors the remainder of the way in which whereas McMinn tossed in eight factors to carry a slim 38-36 benefit heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tribe shortly opened the hole to 12 factors with 10 straight factors to open the ultimate eight minutes. The Girl Mustangs obtained factors from Benson, Roberts and Cayce Davis, but it surely was not sufficient to over take McMinn. The Girl Cherokees completed the evening from the free-throw line hitting 7-of-Eight to place a lid on the victory.
“They (Girl Mustangs) performed onerous all evening. I hate enjoying on back-to-back nights, however that is simply a part of it,” Lyness stated afterward. “They may have are available in and laid down after our efficiency Thursday, however they did not which was actually good to see. It was good to see us put collectively a stable effort tonight. I am extraordinarily pleased with them. I do know we did not win, we had some missed alternatives. However, it was good to see us combat, it was actually good to see us battle.
“We have got two large video games subsequent week. We are going to give them the weekend off to recharge the legs and get again after it and head into Christmas break on a excessive be aware.”
at “The Steady”
Friday, Dec. 13
McMinn County1681417 — 55
Walker Valley9131410 — 46
LADY CHEROKEES (55) — Dankworth 13, P. Oliver 13, Baxter 12, Smith 9, Inexperienced 4, Pickel 2, Mack 2, A. Oliver, Hansford.
LADY MUSTANGS (46) — Laney Harris 17, Davis 9, Benson 8, Patel 6, Roberts 5, Bentley 1.
3-point targets: MC 4 (Baxter); WV 6 (Patel 2, Harris 2, Benson, Davis).
Free throws: MC 10-of-11; WV 4-of-10.
Data: McMinn County 4-5; 2-2 District 5-AAA; Walker Valley 3-7, 2-1.
McMinn County2271717 — 63
Walker Valley11171815 — 61
CHEROKEES (63) — Ty Runyan 22, Jalen James 11, Daniel 9, Evans 8, Beavers 6, Brown 5, Lane 2.
MUSTANGS (61) — Blake Campbell 19, Reid Berger 11, Shimier Davis 10, Smith 8, Sausville 8, Duprey 5, Harbison.
3-point targets: MC 9 (Runyan 5, Beavers 2, Daniel, Brown); WV 3 (Campbell 2, Duprey).
Free throws: MC 2-of-6; WV 17-of-22.
Data: McMinn County 7-2, 3-1 District 5-AAA; Walker Valley 8-2, 2-1.