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Huntington High sweeps Spring Valley

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

SPRING VALLEY -- Huntington High girls basketball coach Lonnie Lucas got whistled for a technical foul early in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Spring Valley on the home floor of the Timberwolves.

Madison Morris converted two free throws and Sarah Kelly followed with a basket to give the Timberwolves a 40-35 lead and their vocal fans plenty to cheer about. However, the Highlanders took to heart the message they got from their coach during the break and went on a roll of their own in a 72-64 victory.

Lacy Johnson sank two free throws with 4:20 left in the third period and that started the Highlanders on a 22-0 run and 57-40 lead with one quarter left. Highlanders fans finally had something to cheer about while the Spring Valley section went silent.

The Timberwolves did get within seven twice late in the fourth period, but the Highlanders connected on their free throws down the stretch and beat the Class No. 2 Timberwolves in the front half of a girls-boys doubleheader.

In the boys game, Huntington led 24-13 after one period and went on to win 76-61 to stay unbeaten (3-0).

"I made my point," Lucas said of the chat he had with the team after the technical. "The girls picked up the effort from that point on. We started to do what we can do."

Jordyn Dawson led the No. 7 Highlanders (5-1) with 22 points and Johnson added 20. In the decisive third-quarter burst, Ericka Budd totaled 10 of her 12 points.

"We saved our pressure until we needed it," Lucas said. "It worked."

Lucas liked the poise his young team showed in the closing moments.

"They started to play harder," Lucas said of the Timberwolves (7-1). "We got a little tired, made some turnovers but came through at the end."

"They played with a lot more heart," Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said.

Morris led her team with 24 points on the night she went over 1,000 points for her career. The historic moment came when she made two free throws with 32.1 seconds left in the first period. Play was stopped and Morris got a hug and ball from Miller and standing ovation from fans.

In the boys game, the Timberwolves (1-2) made several runs at Huntington High, but the Highlanders responded each time. HHS coach Ron Hess liked that part, but not the way the visitors ran their offense.

"We'd come down, one pass and take a shot," Hess said. "We've got to do a better job working the ball."

Tavian Dunn-Martin handled the perimeter for the Highlanders and Arick Nicks provided the muscle down low. Dunn-Martin finished with a game-high 26 points.

"He's really become such a complete player," Hess said. "He gets us into our offense and he's picked it up on defense."

Austin Keyser paced the Timberwolves (1-2) with 19 points.

"You can't get down 24-13 against any team," Timberwolves coach Cory Maynard said. "You don't want to play from that far behind against a team like that. You've got to play the complete 32 minutes. We dealt with that some last year."


HUNTINGTON HIGH 19 12 26 15 -- 72: Johnson 20, Sheffield 6, Congleton 10, Dawson 22, Budd 12, Murphy 2.

SPRING VALLEY 15 20 5 24 -- 64: McGraw 2, Kelly 22, Lemons 3, Heck 2, Mathis 4, Morris 24, Ratcliff 7.


HUNTINGTON HIGH 24 13 17 22 -- 76: Nicks 9, Dunn-Martin 26, Meadows 11, Wooding 10, Congleton 3, Winfield 2, Howard 13, Pennington 2.

SPRING VALLEY 13 15 14 19 -- 61: Steele 11, Keyser 19, Herbert 12, Kilgore 13, Ramey 3, Marcum 3.