Girls basketball: Sophomores help Timberwolves cruise past Generals
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Spring Valley employed domination through balance to earn its 16th consecutive victory and to prove again why the Timberwolves girls basketball team ranks second in Class AAA at Winfield Thursday.
Three different Spring Valley starters recorded double-doubles and the Timberwolves bench followed in strong suit en route to an impressive 75-45 win at Winfield.
"We're about seven deep and any one of those seven can hit double figures any given night," Timberwolves Coach Bo Miller said. "We don't care who scores. They don't care who scores, who gets the points. They just want the (wins)."
Sophomore point guard Sarah Kelly contributed perhaps the most eye-popping stat line for Spring Valley (16-2). Kelly finished with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, but that was secondary to her 13 assists against Winfield (8-9).
"That's how Sarah plays," Miller said. "She sees the floor better than anyone I've ever coached. She's so unselfish."
In addition to her point production and assists, Kelly finished with a game-high six steals and posted four rebounds, too.
As her assist total indicated, Kelly consistently found open teammates, particularly fellow sophomore Madison Morris in the post.
Kelly said her on-court relationship with Morris dates back many years, thus their strong rapport.
"Me and Maddy have played together since third grade," Kelly said. "We have played together for a long, long time.
"I just kind of look up and she's open. She finds the open spot and I feed her the ball."
Morris, a 6-foot-1 forward, finished with a double-double behind 19 points and 10 rebounds.
"We knew coming in we had to play tough on Madison Morris inside," Winfield Coach Tim Toler said. "She seems like she's grown even more since last season. She's a nice player and they got people outside where they can play inside-out. They're probably the best team we've played all season."
A third sophomore, Brooke Heck also posted a double-double for Spring Valley with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Rebounding proved key for the Timberwolves. Spring Valley shot just 32-of-80 from the floor, but collected 49 rebounds to create plenty of second- and third-chance scoring opportunities.
Miller said the rebounding advantage is a product of both physical talent and mental awareness.
"We're athletic and we got girls who can jump," he said, "but we definitely work on positioning."
Spring Valley led 42-26 at halftime behind solid rebounding and unselfish play. The Timberwolves continued to increase their advantage in the second half in the eventual winner.
Despite the wide margin, Toler said he was pleased by his team's hustle.
"I know it was a 30-point loss, but our effort - we played hard all the way through," he said.
In the defeat, senior guard Haeley Moore contributed a solid individual performance. Moore finished with a game-high 21 points, shooting 13-of-17 from the free-throw line.
"She gives everything she's got every ballgame," Toler said of Moore. "I think she's finally starting to understand her role of playing like a leader."
Behind Moore, Winfield's Morgan Eggleton also posted a nice showing with 16 points, including four made 3-point baskets.
Since starting the season 0-2, Spring Valley has won 16 in a row.
Winfield visits Nitro 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Spring Valley returns to action to play host to Logan 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.