Spring Valley takes down So. Charleston
SPRING VALLEY -- Spring Valley girls basketball coach Bo Miller started three players who don't get any playing time, left them in for the first six minutes, and the Class AAA No. 2-ranked Timberwolves trailed South Charleston 12-8 after one quarter.
That's Senior Night.
Starters Mackenzie Morris and Emily Butcher were joined on the floor by fellow seniors Kayla Blake, Nicole Groves and Elena Vergerio for six minutes and two seconds.
Miller went back to his regular rotation, and, by the end, he was able to get the three seniors back in, as Spring Valley (15-2) simply demolished the Black Eagles (8-8), 73-43, Tuesday night.
The Timberwolves, which have now won the past 15 games, scored in transition, hit threes, got to the free throw line and basically did everything else a team has to do to beat another by 30 points.
But don't be surprised if Miller has the squad running layup drills over the next couple of days.
"I told them (point guard) Sarah Kelly could have had 30 assists if we could have just caught passes and made layups," Miller said with a bit of a grin. "I don't know how many times we had a ball go through someone's hands, or just missed open looks."
Instead Kelly had nine assists, while sophomore Madison Morris had 14 points, nine of which came in a second quarter when Spring Valley outscored South Charleston 26-9.
The younger Morris was outdone in the scoring department by older sister Mackenzie Morris, who ended up with 16.
By the end, just about everyone on the roster got on the scoring sheet, senior or no.
"It's a good night anytime the seniors get to play, but, like I told them, we've never beaten South Charleston, so it was a good win for the seniors to go out on," Miller said.
Perhaps the most telling statistic from the game was the 34 turnovers South Charleston committed, including 18 steals by the Timberwolves.
"We try to turn them over and get our offense going, we don't like to set up in the half court," Miller said. "If we're not forcing turnovers, we're in trouble."
With the roll Spring Valley is on, Miller still sees some untapped potential with his team.
"I think there's still some room for improvement here," he said. "I don't think we've peaked yet. Hopefully we'll be peaking at the end of February, beginning of March."
SOUTH CHARLESTON 12 9 10 12 -- 43: Villanueva 14, Jarrell 2, Webb 6, Cashwell 5, Wade 1, Lauerman 2, Brown 2, Jefferies 1, Mosley 8, Beaver 2.
SPRING VALLEY 8 26 22 17 -- 73: Mackenzie Morris 16, Madison Morris 14, Kelly 9, Heck 3, Butcher 6, Ratcliff 7, Lemons 3, Groves 3, McGraw 2, Blake 5, Petry 3, Darby 2.