CHATTANOOGA — Although Walker Valley has scored just one point more than its last three opponents, the Mustangs have a pair of wins to show for it.
After dropping an exciting 54-52 battle against archrival Bradley Central a little over a week ago, coach Bob Williams’ “Stallions” edged out McMinn County Tuesday evening 55-53 and nipped Baylor 49-48 Wednesday evening in Chattanooga.
“It’s always a tough game when you play Baylor, especially down there. It’s the first time we’ve beat them on their home court since the 2009 state tournament team,” declared Coach Williams.
“We played pretty good defense and were patient on offense, waiting to get open shots,” he added.
After winning four of their first five games, the Walker Valley girls have dropped back-to-back double-digit decisions this week, falling to McMinn County 60-50 Tuesday and Baylor 48-34 on Wednesday.
Both Mustang squads will return to District 5-AAA action Friday evening as Soddy-Daisy pays a visit to “The Stable.”
In the hotly contest seesaw battle Wednesday, Walker Valley’s boys led 10-9 at the first horn, but trailed 20-19 at the halftime break.
The host Red Raiders (1-2) pushed their advantage to three points (36-33) at the end of the third frame.
Baylor was still up a point with 30 ticks remaining on the clock when Mustang senior Austin Harwood was fouled on an inbounds play and then sank both ends of the one-plus-one to give Walker Valley (4-3) the lead.
After running the clock down before taking a potential game-winning shot, the Raiders got the ball into Matt Clendenen’s hands but 6-foot-6 Mustang senior Lukas Korn got a hand on the ball as the shot was taken to record a block.
Korn led the Walker Valley attack with 16 points, while classmate Brandon Crews helped out with 14, including four 3-pointers.
Clendenen led all scorers with 20 points on the evening, while Amadeo Dolussani netted 10 behind the strength of a trio of treys.
“This was a good win for us,” declared Coach Williams. “We’ve played some tight games lately and to pull out two wins like we have the last two days is tremendous.”
LADY RAIDERS 48
LADY MUSTANGS 34
Walker Valley (4-3) started the game strong, but the hosts were able to battle back and eventually run away with the victory.
Baylor (3-4) erased an early eight-point deficit and after trailing by just three at the intermission, pulled away down the stretch.
The Lady Mustangs scored 16 points in the opening quarter, but mustered just 18 points the rest of the game.
Kaleigh Clemons led Baylor with 13 points and Abby Hubert chipped in 10.
Jaclyn Griffith led Walker Valley with 12 points.
Walker Valley 10 9 14 16 — 49
Baylor 9 11 16 12 — 48
MUSTANGS (49) — Lukas Korn 16, Brandon Crews 14, Swafford 6, Harwood 5, Morrow 5, Melton 3, Jones, Russell, Williams.
RED RAIDERS (48) — Matt Clendenen 20, Amadeo Dolussani 10, King 8, Lups 4, Upshaw 3, Mase 3.
3-POINTERS: WV 6 (Crews 4, Melton, Morrow); Baylor 5 (Dolussani 3, Clendenen, Mase).
RECORDS: Walker Valley 4-3; Baylor 1-2.