HHS girls beat Spring Valley 67-55
SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley and Huntington High’s girls basketball teams met for the last time in the regular season Thursday with the Highlanders pulling out a 67-55 win at the Wolves Den.
Huntington proved to be a little more experienced and athletic as it outlasted a Spring Valley team that featured five freshmen, including Ella Edwards who scored all nine of her points in the first quarter. At one point she had all of Spring Valley’s points and had outscored Huntington 9-6 in the opening period.
Edwards ran into foul trouble, however, and Huntington (11-8) got its chance to pull ahead.
Freshman Emma Sowder scored 13 points in the game tying her with senior Haley McComas for the team lead.
With Huntington holding a 23-22 advantage at the 3:10 mark of the second quarter, Madison Slash scored followed by Alezha Turner after she got a steal and converted on the offensive end.
Latahia Jackson made a free throw and Katie Swann hit a jumper that put the Highlanders ahead 30-22.
Sowder ended the scoring run by Huntington with two foul shots and followed those with a three-pointer at 1:14 of the second to pull Spring Valley back to within 30-27.
Jackson and Turner pulled Huntington away in the closing minute of the first half to give the Highlanders a 33-27 lead. Turner finished as the game’s high scorer with 18 points.
Spring Valley cut Huntington’s lead to five but Huntington pulled away again and had an 11-point lead by the end of the third period.
The Timberwolves rallied again as Huntington failed to score during the first 3:30 of the fourth period. McComas, who was honored at halftime as the lone senior on this year’s team, made two field goals while teammate Sydney Meredith got hot behind the three-point arc.
On two possessions she made triples that cut the Huntington lead to as little as four.
Huntington coach Lonnie Lucas slowed the game down once Ravyn Goodson hit a three to put the Highlanders back ahead 56-49.
The Highlanders took control of the game at the foul line where they scored their final 11 points from the foul line to seal the win.
“They took our inside game away from us,” Lucas said. “We’re not a good foul-shooting team so I don’t like to be in a position where we have to make foul shots to win.”
The win was Huntington’s third consecutive after back-to-back victories over Hurricane and Chapmanville Regional. The Highlanders next play at South Charleston on Saturday.
Spring Valley entered the game on the heels of a 50-point loss to Class AAA No. 1 Parkersburg on Tuesday. The Timberwolves have a Mountain State Athletic Conference placement game remaining on their schedule.
HUNTINGTON 15 16 16 20 - 67: Swann 15, Jackson 11, Turner 18, Slash 6, Goodson 12, Foley 2.
SPRING VALLEY 16 11 11 17 - 55: Saunders 8, McComas 13, Sowder 13, Meredith 12, Edwards 9.