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.