Wolves escape Knights
ONA -- Spring Valley's boys basketball team passed the ultimate test Tuesday night.
The Timberwolves were reeling late in a rivalry matchup with Cabell Midland and the Knights had momentum.
Floor leader Jacob Kilgore was on the bench with a sprained ankle and a late turnover gave Cabell Midland a last look at the basket.
Still, Spring Valley found a way to win by using the very foundation of their scheme - solid defense.
A deflection kept the Knights from getting a clean look at the buzzer and the Timberwolves escaped with a 51-48 victory.
"It was nice to see us come away with a victory with our best scorer and rebounder on the sidelines," Spring Valley coach Cory Maynard said. "We had a lot of guys step up and contribute in his absence to help us tonight."
With Kilgore on the bench, Cabell Midland used a solid defensive effort and the hot shooting of Keegan Adkins to crawl back into the contest.
Adkins hit a pair of 3-pointers late in the game, including one from the corner with under 30 seconds left to cut the deficit to three.
After a turnover on an in-bounds play, the Knights got a final possession with 25 seconds left, and Cabell Midland coach Matt Stead called timeout with seven seconds after his team passed up a pair of good looks.
Following the timeout a deflected pass forced a 35-foot attempt at the buzzer that fell short.
"Before the timeout there, we got at least two good looks and we hesitated," Stead said. "I told the guys after the game, don't be scared to step up and hit it. You have to let it fly there."
Spring Valley led 43-33 when Kilgore went down midway through the third quarter. The injury especially hindered the Timberwolves' ability to advance the ball out of Cabell Midland's full-court pressure.
In the final 12 minutes, the Timberwolves had just two field goals, but the defensive effort led to the win.
Kilgore scored 12 of the team's 18 points in the first quarter and finished with 16.
Once the Knights made the adjustment on Kilgore, Greg Herbert continued his strong play, ending the game with 22 points.
Herbert was crucial as the Timberwolves stretched the lead midway through the second quarter. He scored the final five points of the first half then added eight of the first 10 in the third quarter as Spring Valley ballooned its lead.
Herbert had back-to-back three-point plays to push the lead to 12 prior to Kilgore's injury.
Adkins and Dakota Leonard both scored 12 for Cabell Midland.
SPRING VALLEY 18 15 12 6 - 51: Keyser 9, Herbert 22, Kilgore 16, Steele 4.
CABELL MIDLAND 12 14 9 13 - 48: Pettit 8, Leonard 12, Adkins 12, Dailey 2, Beckett 8, Matthews 6.