Spring Valley’s near-constant fouls kept Wildcats in ballgame
Columbia, SC (James Bowers) - Bailey Harris’ Wildcats dropped a close one on the road to Spring Valley Friday night, but the score was closer than the location of the court. The Vikings fouled Lexington shooters with regularity, and free throw shots made up a significant portion of LHS’ scoring. Otherwise, it was not the greatest offensive show Lexington had ever put on as they trailed 21-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Lexington’s shooting steadily improved throughout the game and the Wildcats actually outscored the Vikings 15-13 in the final period. Spring Valley’s offense shot with efficiency as usual, with three of the Viking’s players getting into double digits. Perry Dozier’s club played hard defensively, but this resulted in those pesky fouls that let the Wildcats back in the game when they could have padded their lead.
Lexington came to within a point of the Vikings on a number of occasions, but Spring Valley never allowed the go-ahead score. Leaders for the home-standing Vikings were Junior Antwaan Moore, who had 19 points, Rashaad Williams had 12 points, while Jamal Williams had 10 for the Spring Valley squad.
For Lexington, Tyler Reed led the way with 22 points, followed by Mason Carver with 15. Jonathan Corley scored 8 for the Wildcats.
Perry Dozier’s Vikings will return to action with the third of a six game homestand Tuesday, when they face a struggling White Knoll squad. One week later, SVHS plays Irmo on January 30, as they look to sweep the Jackets after a 82-62 road win on January 5.
Spring Valley is aiming for a solid region finish, as it currently holds a 5-2 mark (9-7 overall) in 5-5A play. The Vikings are chasing Blythewood, who defeated them 70-46 in their first meeting, and will host the Vikings on February 9 in both team’s regular season finale. Blythewood is 14-2 overall, 7-0 in region play. Unless the Bengals are beaten by both River Bluff and Spring Valley, they will win the region title outright.
Lexington will host Tim Whipple’s Irmo club on January 23, and they aim to avenge a 43-34 road loss to the Yellow Jackets from December. The Jackets are coming off back to back losses to Dutch Fork and Blythewood.
Later next week, on Friday, arch rival River Bluff will come calling, and Bailey Harris will attempt to avoid a third loss to a Gators team coached by his former player Ben Lee. The Gators beat the Wildcats 54-40 on their own in the Lake Murray Tip Off Championship in November. RBHS followed that up with a 46-38 victory against a visiting Lexington squad. River Bluff will come into that game.