SWEETWATER LADY CATS 54,
MARYVILLE CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES 16
Sweetwater raced out to a 10-0 start on Monday night and never looked back in downing the Lady Eagles on Senior Night.
Senior Madison Robinson got things going before Mikalee Martin added a layup and a 3-pointer and Mari Robbins chipped in a 3-point play. Another trey and layup combo from Martin and a layup by Robbins put the Lady Cats in charge 19-4 at the end of the first quarter.
It was more of the same in the second stanza. Abbey Barr scored on a jumper and a layup, Emily Allen added a free throw, and Martin added a jumper to up the lead to 26-4. Two 3-pointers by Maryville Christian- one by Jessie Cooper and the other by Hallie Pickens- cut into the lead before halftime to make it 30-14 at the break.
Sweetwater’s defensive intensity changed in the halftime locker room. Already smothering their opponent, the Lady Cats picked it up more on the defensive end and limited the Lady Eagles to just two points in the entire second half, coming on a layup by Kenlee Likos late in the third quarter.
The rest of the game was all Lady Cats. Robinson connected from the free throw stripe before Barr and Martin deposited back-to-back 3-pointers. Shea Wheeler and Allen finished off the third quarter with a 42-16 advantage.
The Lady Cats put on an impressive 12-0 display in the fourth quarter. Martin and Wheeler were perfect from the free throw line and Barr added a layup. Reagan Moree added back-to-back shots and Trinity Upton scored near the end of the game to make sure every available Lady Cat got in the scorebook. Overall, the Lady Cats found a good way to send off departing seniors Madison Robinson and Kassedy McCool, who is still nursing an injury but hopes to play come tournament time. \
Mikalee Martin led Sweetwater with 19 and Abbey Barr added 9. Madison Robinson had 8 on senior night.
NO. 2 SWEETWATER 102,
MARYVILLE CHRISTIAN 43
Maryville Christian put up a fight early, but the Wildcats of Sweetwater quickly proved their state ranking by pulling away for a monster victory on senior night Monday night.
Senior Matthew Kile opened with a layup but Isaac Pottorrff answered for Maryville Christian. When Senior Dominique Orgs scored in response, it was Patrick Damron with a 3-pointer that had the counter punch for the Eagles, that put them in the lead. The teams continued to trade buckets until another Damron trey put the Eagles up by 2. Oggs responded with a 3-point play to take the lead and that ignited a 14-0 run by Sweetwater.
Oggs was responsible for three layups in the run, Kolbe Billingsley added a steal-and-score, and Kile and Carson Hicks drained 3-pointers to put Sweetwater up big 27-14 after one quarter.
From there, the Eagles never threatened. They managed just six points in the second quarter as Billingsley went to work with five straight points to open the quarter. Austin Long added a jumper and Oggs got another pair of old fashioned 3-point plays. A Kile layup and 3-pointer and two Billingsley free throws gave Sweetwater a 49-20 lead at halftime.
Damron opened the second half with a 3-pointer for Maryville Christian, but an 8-0 spurt by Sweetwater led by Kile and Oggs shut the door on any hope of a comeback. Oggs threw down a major dunk and was fouled while doing so, earning yet another trip to the free throw line. Kile added another layup and Senior Christian Baker dropped in a 3-pointer as the Wildcats took a 72-31 lead after three.
Sweetwater’s bench got plenty of action in the second half of the game, as Jayce Upton knocked down four free throws and a 3-pointer and Gibson Alford also drilled a shot from long range. Kade Correll chipped in a 3-pointer and two free throws of his own, and Dalen Gibby added four straight baskets for the Wildcats. Carson Kile followed in his brother’s footsteps and sank a late 3-pointer that helped the Wildcats top the century mark for the first time this season.