Mustangs lose OT heartbreaker
by SARALYN NORKUS, Sports Writer
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Walker Valley’s Lukas Korn attempts to power past Ooltewah’s Ben Snider during Tuesday’s overtime loss at “The Stable.” Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS

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“The Stable” was a scene of elation Tuesday evening as the Walker Valley Lady Mustangs would trounce the Ooltewah Lady Owls, but also a scene of heartbreak as the Mustangs would lose to the Owls by just one point in the last seconds of overtime.

The Lady Mustangs defeated the Lady Owls 74-25 while the Mustangs lost 67-66.

The Walker Valley boys game started off on a positive note, as the home team was able to come on strong and lead Ooltewah by three points, 18-15, at the end of the first period.

This lead would carry on into the second period, with Ooltewah able to decrease the deficit by one point.

Austin Harwood contributed 14 of the 34 points to the Walker Valley scoreboard during the first half.

After the half, the Mustangs saw their lead begin to unravel at the hands of the Owls.

Ooltewah outscored Walker Valley by 12 points in the third period, and were able to take the lead 53-46 by the end of the third.

The Owls were able to net five 3-pointers in the third period, while the Mustangs hit none.

During the fourth period the Mustangs played a game of catchup, and in the last minute of play Caio Hysinger was able to tie up the game at 60-60.

Ooltewah won the tip to start off the four minutes of overtime and went on to get a basket recorded on the board first, only to have Hysinger answer with a 3-pointer that put Walker Valley up by one.

Both teams were able to add one point apiece at the charity stripe, and once again the game was all tie up 64-64 with two minutes left.

Another foul shot put the Owls up momentarily by one point, until Tucker Godfrey netted a basket that put the Mustangs ahead by one point.

The score was 66-65 in favor of the home team as the clock ran down to the last 13 seconds of play. Ooltewah’s Antonio Jackson drew a foul, and scored on a free throw to tie up the game.

A foul by Jackson Brownfield gave the Owls’ Ben Snider a chance to hit the game-winning point.

“The timing was bad on some of our fouls,” Walker Valley head coach Bob Williams said.

Despite an attempt to net one last basket in the final seconds of play, the Mustangs fell to the visitors 67-66.

“In any big game that’s close, when two teams are playing hard like that it comes down to who makes plays at the end. They made one more play than we did,” Williams said of the narrow loss.

The last two Walker Valley games were won by free throws made in clutch situations, but on Tuesday night, the Mustangs found themselves on the other side of the fence as it was a free throw that ultimately cost them the win.

Harwood led Walker Valley with 20 points, followed closely by Hysinger with 19.

Ooltewah was led by Jaqueze Robinson with 17 points and Jackson with 14 points.

The Mustangs will be back in action on Thursday as the Sequoyah Chiefs come to town.

LADY MUSTANGS 74

LADY OWLS 25

The Lady Mustangs entered into their matchup with the Lady Owls coming off of a 78-62 loss to McMinn County.

The previous defeat seemed only a blip on the radar as Walker Valley would completely dominate Ooltewah for a 74-25 victory Tuesday night.

“They played real hard, they shared the basketball, and they helped on defense,” Walker Valley head coach Jessica Stone said.

In the first period the Lady Mustangs recorded four 3-pointers which were split two and two by Victoria Jones and Peyton Davis. The period ended with home team ahead 18-5.

During the second period Walker Valley hit four more 3-pointers, contributed by P. Davis, Lyndsey Macon, Callie Davis, and Kathleen Alomar. Ooltewah’s Tamiyah Baker was able to net two 3-pointers of her own.

The second period would end with the Lady Mustangs leading 43-15.

The home team defense only allowed the visitors three points coming into the second half, ending the third period up 58-18.

The Owls would gain only seven more points in the final period, while the Lady Mustangs racked up another 16, wining the game 74-25.

“You can tell that they’re listening in practice and they’re trying to do it,” Stone said of her team’s improvement.

P. Davis led the Lady Mustangs with 17 points and three 3-pointers, followed by Jaclyn Griffith with 11 points, while both Jones and C. Davis had 10 points and two 3-pointers.

Stone hopes that her team will have the chance to redeem itself from a previous Sequoyah loss, as the Lady Chiefs come to town Thursday night.

They beat us last time, so hopefully we can turn things around this time.”

GAME SUMMARIES

Girls

Walker Valley 18 25 15 16 — 74

Ooltewah 5 10 3 7 — 25

LADY MUSTANGS (74) — Victoria Jones 10, Percy 1, Peyton Davis 17, Macon 5, Jaclyn Griffith 11, Callie Davis 10, Cox 4, Alomar 6, Watson 2, Spenn 2, Mowery 6, Beavers, Wilson.

LADY OWLS (25) — Cross, Jones 2, Hale, Kennedy, Tamiyah Baker 11, Dudas, Cain, Jones, Barrett 8, Young 2, Hale, Featherstone.

3-point goals: Walker Valley 9 (P. Davis 3, Jones 2, C. Davis 2, Macon, Alomar); Ooltewah 3 (Baker 3).

Free throws: Walker Valley 9-of-16; Ooltewah 6-of-9

Records: Walker Valley 9-12 5-AAA 4-5 ; Ooltewah 3-16 5-AAA 1-8

Boys

Walker Valle 18 16 12 14 6 — 66

Ooltewah 15 14 24 7 7 — 67

MUSTANGS (66) — Anthony, Godfrey 8, Austin Harwood 20, Caio Hysinger 19, Lukas Korn 10, Melton, Cartwright, Russell, Crews, Swafford 6, Brownfield 3, Hunt.

OWLS (67) — Antonio Jackson 14, Jaqueze Robinson 17, Ware 5, Maston 5, Presley 3, Hasanbegovic, Turner, Fritz 1, Boyd, Carr, Bass, King 6, Cathron, Wooden, Ben Snider 16.

3-point goals: Walker Valley 3 (Hysinger 3); Ooltewah 9 (Jackson, Robinson 2, Presley 3, Bass 2, Snider).

Free throws: Walker Valley 15-of-22; Ooltewah 15-of-29.

Records: Walker Valley 11-9 5-AAA 3-6; Ooltewah 14-5 5-AAA 8-1.