Walker Valley takes 3-of-4 HOC games

By JOE CANNON
Posted 11/25/19

MARYVILLE — Battling Mother Nature to play four games Saturday paid off with a trio of victories for Walker Valley, in TSSAA Hall of Champions games at William Blount High School in Maryville.

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Walker Valley takes 3-of-4 HOC games

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MARYVILLE — Battling Mother Nature to play four games Saturday paid off with a trio of victories for Walker Valley, in TSSAA Hall of Champions games at William Blount High School in Maryville.
 
The hot-shooting Mustangs remained unbeaten with victories over Clinton (81-66) and the host Governors (63-52), while new head coach Drew Lyness got his first victory at the Lady Mustang helm, beating the Lady Dragons (85-62), but came up short against the tough Blount girls (62-43).
 
Walker Valley will return to the court tonight as Baylor comes to "The Stable" for a pair of varsity games. The boys will start the evening off at 6, with the girls playing the nightcap at 7:30.
 
"Baylor boys are leaving to go out of town right after, so they wanted to get an early start," Lyness texted Saturday to explain the flip-flop.
 
The WV squads will be back in Maryville at the end of the week, this time at Heritage High School, for a Thanksgiving Classic event. The Herds will play the host squads starting at 3 p.m. Friday, then return Saturday at 1:30 with the Mustangs (3-0) facing Maryville before the Fillies (1-2) face Knox Webb.
 
MUSTANGS 81
DRAGONS 66
 
Clinton won the 3-point shooting contest 12-11, but Coach Will Campbell's Stallions galloped away with the 15-point win.
 
Walker Valley raced out of the gate for a 20-12 edge at the first pole, but then had to hold off the "fire-breathers" 26-25 in an explosive second stretch.
 
The Mustangs sealed the victory with a 22-12 edge in the third furlong before coasting to the back stretch.
 
Junior Hayden Moore and senior Jake Smith ripped the chords for 21 points apiece for the victors. Moore drilled 7-of-7 long-range bomb attempts for his tally, while Smith drained a pair in a dozen-point opening quarter.
 
Seniors Braden Davis, Reid Berger and Blake Campbell helped out with 11, nine and eight points respectively for the Bradley County boys, the latter of which nailed a couple of 3-balls himself.
 
Jaxon Garner drained a half-dozen 3-pointers while posting a game-high 22 points to pace Clinton (0-2). Chase Lockard netted 17 points, including four from distance. Trevor Bryant nailed a trey in his 10 points in the loss.
 
MUSTANGS 63
GOVERNORS 52
 
Walker Valley won all four periods, jumping ahead 15-10 by the first horn and pulling up 31-22 at the intermission.
 
The Mustangs had just a one-point edge 14-13 in the third frame, but then impeached the "office-holders" with their best quarter, 19-15, to wrap up the session.
 
Blake Campbell rode roughshod over the hosts with a 30-point performance, including two of the three Mustang 3-pointers, plus draining 8-of-9 free throw opportunities.
 
Senior Noah Duprey and Berger pumped in a dozen points apiece in the victory.
 
Tanner Prats paced Blount with 11, while Trey Clemmer and Cameron George netted 10 each.   
 
LADY MUSTANGS 85
LADY DRAGONS 62
 
After a tight (17-14) opening eight minutes, Walker Valley galloped away in the second period to build a 40-28 advantage,
 
Clinton, which had dropped its Saturday opener 59-53 to the hosts, fought back to pull back within single digits by the third break, but the Fillies finished strong with a 26-11 run in the final frame.
 
Lee University softball signee Laney Harris led the way for the Lady Mustangs with a career-high 28 points, drilling four 3-pointers along the way. She netted 10 of her 16 first-half points in the second frame, plus went 4-for-4 at the free throw line. 
 
Junior Michele Benson pitched in with 16 points, including 13 in the second half, with a pair of long-range bombs.
 
Senior post Tasia Roberts netted 13 points, while junior Emma Bentley added 10. Abbie Caldwell, a junior guard, collected nine points.
 
Sarah Burton and Naryah Sanders led Clinton (1-2) with 18 and 12 points respectively.
 
LADY GOVERNORS 62
LADY MUSTANGS 43
 
In the second game of the day for both teams, the host Blount squad built a big lead before holding off a late rally for the win.
 
The unbeaten Lady Governors (3-0) netted 14 points in both of the first two quarters for an 11-point (28-17) halftime advantage, before securing the victory with an 23-12 run in the third period.
 
Walker Valley fought back to win the final eight minutes 14-11, but couldn't climb out of the hole.
 
Roberts paced the Lady Mustangs with 11 points, while Harris was held to just nine, with only one 3-pointer.
 
Sophomore point guard Cayce Davis added eight points, with a pair from beyond the arc for the Herd.
 
Jenny Kallenberg, who drilled a trio of treys, and McKenna Myers led the victors with 17 and 15 points respectively.
 
Game Summaries
Saturday, Nov. 23
Hall of Champions Games
at Wm. Blount HS
Maryville
Girls Games
Clinton14142311 — 62
Walker Valley17231926 — 85
LADY DRAGONS (62) — Sarah Burton 18, Naryah Sanders 12, Moore 9, Kelley 8, Bunch 5, Starnes 4, Harris 4, Ushiff 2.
LADY MUSTANGS (85) —  Laney Harris 28, Michele Benson 16, Tasia Roberts 13, Emma Bentley 10, Abbie Caldwell 9, Brie Lonas 5, Cayce Davis 4, Jaynes, B. Harris, Patel. 
3-POINTERS: Clinton 4 (Burton, Sanders, Bunch, Kelley): WV 8 (L.Harris 4, Benson 2, Lonas, Caldwell).
FREE THROWS: Clinton 16-of-26: WV 13-of-16.
RECORDS: Clinton 1-2; Walker Valley 1-1.
 
Walker Valley       9    8    12    14 — 43
Wm Blount          14  14    23   11 — 62
LADY MUSTANGS (43) — Tasia Roberts 11, Laney Harris 9, Cayce Davis 8, Madison Jaynes 5, Michele Benson 4, Abbie Caldwell 4, Emma Bentley 2, Patel.
LADY GOVERNORS (62) — Jenny Kallenberg 17, McKenna Myers 15, Kendyl 6, Love 6, Kaglev 6, Couples 4, Kelly 3, Cooper 1.
3-POINTERS: WV 3 (Davis 2, L.Harris); WB 5 (Kallenberg 3, Myers, Love). 
FREE THROWS: WV 8-of-15; WB 5-of-8.
RECORDS: Walker Valley 1-2; Wm Blount 3-0.
 
Boys Games
Clinton                  12   25    12  17 — 66
Walker Valley       20   26   22   13 — 81
DRAGONS (66) — Jaxon Garner 22, Chase Lockard 17, Trevor Bryant 10, Winchester 8, Harrison 5, Wandell 2, Thackeson 2.
MUSTANGS (81) — Hayden Moore 21, Jake Smith 21, Braden Davis 11, Reid Berger 9, Blake Campbell 8, Sausville 4, S.Davis 3, Duprey 2, Tyson 2
3-POINTERS: Clinton 12 (Garner 6, Lockard 4, Bryant, Harrison): WV 11 (Moore 7, Smith 2, Campbell 2).
FREE THROWS: Clinton 10-of-19: WV 16-of-20.
RECORDS: Clinton 0-2; Walker Valley 2-0.
 
Walker Valley      15   16   14   19 — 63
Wm Blount           10   12   13   15 — 52
MUSTANGS (63) — Blake Campbell 30, Reid Berger 12, Noah Duprey 12, Moore 3, B.Davis 2, Smith 2, Sausville 2. 
GOVERNORS (52) — Tanner Prats 11, Trey Clemmer 10, Cameron George 10, Cooper 8, Gibson 8, Myers 3, England 2. 
3-POINTERS: WV 3 (Campbell 2, Moore); WB 8 (Gibson 2, Cooper 2, George 2, Prats, Myers). 
FREE THROWS: WV 12-of-17; WB 6-of-10.
RECORDS: Walker Valley 3-0; Wm Blount 2-1.

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