Spring Valley stops losing skid
SPRING VALLEY -- The Spring Valley High School boys basketball team halted an eight-game slide Friday night, topping St. Albans, 55-46, in what head coach Cory Maynard called the most complete performance he's seen from his team this season.
"We've got a good ball team, we really do," Maynard said. "Our problem all season has been we haven't been able to put it together for four quarters, and we did that tonight for the first time."
The Timberwolves (3-8) led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the Red Dragons (4-6) cut that to 13-10, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers on their first two possessions in the second quarter.
In previous games that might have been when Spring Valley fell apart, but that wasn't the case Friday, as the Wolves outscored St. Ablans 8-4 for the remainder of the quarter, taking an 11-point lead into the half.
"If they had cut it to three in the third quarter, then I might have been like 'Here we go again,'" Maynard said. "Our defense tonight was the best it's been, and that's what I'm most proud of is that we played good team defense."
Maynard was also calling for good shot selection from the sideline all night, something he's preached after some of the close losses during the losing streak.
"If you come down and make one pass and fire it up and miss, it's just like a turnover," Maynard said. "If we stay in our sets, and I hope the guys learned this tonight, (the opponent) might guard the first three or four passes, but eventually a 15-footer or a layup is going to open up."
Maynard said he's glad the streak is off his team's back, but Spring Valley can't stop working.
"It feels great. We need it," he said. "But we're not going to sit here and cherish it. We've got to get on a roll and start putting some wins together. We took a big step tonight."
Spring Valley led by 17 points when the junior varsity was put in with 1:37 left in the game.
The second unit committed three straight turnovers and committed multiple fouls that allowed St. Albans to cut into the final score.
The Timberwolves were led by Greg Herbert with 19 points, and Jacob Kilgore who had 17.
St. Albans was led by Nathan McNeil, who put up 14.
ST. ALBANS 4 10 12 20 -- 46: McNeil 14, Carter 8, Aliff 5, Broderick 4, Clark 4, Young 3, Beck 3, Moss 3, Watkins 1.
SPRING VALLEY 13 12 10 20 -- 55: Herbert 19, Kilgore 17, Keyser 9, Steele 8, Adkins 2.