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Valley Springs pushes past Viola

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BATTLE IN HIGHLAND: Viola's Dedra Johnston drives past Valley Springs' Lexie Curtis in the Highland Classic Nov. 10. Photo/Mullins
Defensive pressure helped the Valley Springs Lady Tigers build a big lead early against the Viola Lady Longhorns Nov. 10 in the Highland Classic at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center.

And while Viola was able to adjust a bit to that pressure in the second half of play, Valley Springs was still able to post a 37-29 victory over the Lady Horns.

Class 3A runners-up a year ago, the Lady Tigers looked every bit the part as they jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead over Viola by forcing the Lady Longhorns into turnovers and missed shot opportunities.

With 38 ticks left on the first-period clock, Viola finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a layup from Dedra Johnston (four points).

Valley Springs lead 11-2 after the first period and extended that to a 17-4 lead midway into the second.

Heather Simmons knocked down a trey for Viola, Michaela Thompson (nine points) got free for a baseline shot and Leslie Shrable (five points) sank a deuce to pull the Lady Horns within 10, 21-11.

Valley Springs tossed in the last three points of the first half to move in front 24-11 at the break.

The Lady Longhorns had a better grip on things in the third and started to find an answer to Valley Springs' aggressive defense.

Taylor Griggs (six points) started a period-ending 6-0 run with a layup that kept Viola hanging around, down 32-21 after three.

But Valley Springs managed to do enough to keep the Lady Longhorns from pulling much closer in the fourth, with the Lady Tigers winning 37-29.

Hayley Scott paced Valley Springs with 11 points, while Kayla Carlton added nine and Arielle Saunders eight.

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