Kilgore, Wolves blast Knights
SPRING VALLEY - All it took was a little adversity for Spring Valley's boys basketball team to wake up Tuesday night against Cabell Midland.
After the Knights took their lone lead of the contest with a run in the third quarter, Spring Valley responded by attacking the rim en route to a 64-47 victory over their cross-town rivals.
"If you live by the jump shot, you're going to die by the jump shot," Spring Valley coach Cory Maynard said. "We went cold there in the second quarter and then we started getting out in transition and getting some easy buckets. That's what we've got to do."
Jacob Kilgore finished with 22 points and Greg Herbert scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half while the Timberwolves finished 14-of-15 from the foul line in the win.
After trailing by seven at halftime, Cabell Midland instantly came out with a stronger defensive presence in the second half, forcing Spring Valley into several tough shots early.
The Knights also made a much better effort on the glass and turned rebounds into fast-break opportunities that propelled an 11-2 run over the first 4:30 of the second half. The Knights took their first lead on a second-chance basket by Dustin Scarberry.
It would be their last points of the quarter, however, as Spring Valley's Greg Herbert scored seven straight points and Austin Keyser hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to fuel a 15-0 run to end the frame.
"I thought personally that Spring Valley's guys on the inside did a heck of a lot better than our guys finishing plays and making shots," Cabell Midland coach Matt Stead said. "I think we're better on the inside than most teams and that's why we focus on inside-out basketball, but tonight they were the better team."
Kilgore powered the Timberwolves to a 35-28 lead at the break after scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the first half.
The first quarter is where Kilgore did much of his damage as the Knights had trouble matching up with him inside. He had 10 points as Spring Valley built a nine-point lead after one quarter.
"Jacob is very much improved from last year," Maynard said. "We saw what he could do as a freshman, and he's put on 15 or 20 pounds. Jacob is a nice player and he plays hard."
The lead grew to 11 points following a basket by Austin Keyser to open the second quarter, but the Knights followed with an 8-0 run punctuated by a one-handed slam by Niles Dailey off a turnover to cut it to 24-21.
Dailey led the Knights with 15 points while Dustin Scarberry added 14 in the loss.
Cabell Midland's game was immediately thrown into flux when junior leader Sawyer Beckett injured his shoulder on a layup just 40 seconds into the contest.
Beckett did not return to the lineup for the Knights.
"Certainly, we missed Sawyer," Stead said. "He makes us plays and makes us better. That hurt us, but no excuses. That's not what got us beat tonight."
Spring Valley returns to action with a Friday night road contest against George Washington. Cabell Midland also hits the road on Friday at Parkersburg.
CABELL MIDLAND 13 15 11 8 -- 47: Scarberry 14, Matthews 2, Beckett 2, Leonard 2, Dailey 15, Adkins 7, Bickford 3, Pettit 2.
SPRING VALLEY 22 13 17 12 -- 64: Robertson 3, Keyser 10, Kilgore 22, Herbert 17, Steele 6, Meade 6.