Timberwolves tear up Knights
SPRING VALLEY — To find fault with anything Spring Valley did on the basketball court Tuesday night would be similar to complaining about Kate Upton’s nail polish.
On Senior Night, the Timberwolves (13-6) played their best game of the season in a 95-55 boys victory over Cabell Midland at the Wolves Den. Spring Valley made 36 of 62 shots (58 percent), including 13 of 18 3-pointers (72.2 percent). The Timberwolves also hit 10 of 11 free throws (90.9 percent), outrebounded the Knights 28-24 and committed only four turnovers.
The game was a stark contrast to Spring Valley’s sloppy 62-58 victory at Cabell Midland on Jan. 31. Nearly everything the Timberwolves did they did correctly in building a lead as large as 41 points on Greg Herbert’s 3-point shot at 4:24 of the third quarter.
“We played the worst game we played all season up there and the best game we played all season tonight,” Spring Valley coach Cory Maynard said. “I think that’s the best shooting night we’ve ever had. It was good for our seniors. It was a good way for them to go out in their last home game.”
Senior Austin Keyser scored a game-high 25. Herbert scored 19. Jacob Kilgore scored 12. Seniors Dionte Coleman and Josh Steele both added 10. Seniors Tanner Drown and Greg Meade scored eight and four respectively.
“Our seniors have been through some rough times,” Maynard said. “We won six games their first year. Last year, we lost 10 games by fewer than 10 points. We never could get over the hump. This year, we have. They’ve grown up. I’m proud of them. This shows that hard work and sticking to it pays off. That’s not just in basketball, but a life lesson.”
Maynard put all five seniors back in the game together briefly in the fourth quarter, then pulled them back off the court so the crowd could give them an ovation.
“I wanted them to get that experience,” Maynard said.
Cabell Midland (4-15) tried to make early corrections, calling a timeout after falling behind 6-0. The Knights, though, quickly realized that it was Spring Valley’s night and all the timeouts in the world weren’t going to make a difference against a team on a roll.
Spring Valley, winner of six consecutive games, led 23-13 after the first quarter, then went on a 17-2 run to begin the second quarter, putting the game far out of reach. A 47-22 halftime lead grew to 78-41 by the end of the third quarter. The Knights pulled no closer than within 34 points the rest of the way.
“We’re playing our best basketball at just the right time,” Maynard said. This game shows what we’re capable of doing if we play well.”
Cabell Midland featured its bright spots. Cole Tolley scored 16 and Keegan Adkins 10.
Maynard said his players made his job easy.
“It was exciting tonight,” Maynard said. “It was a fun game to coach. It was an easy game to coach. Everything was working. We were clicking.”
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