SWEETWATER LADY CATS 56, MARYVILLE CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES 20
Sweetwater raced out to an early lead on Monday at Maryville Christian and never looked back in cruising to a second straight win on the road.
The Lady Cats’ defense showed up to play early, holding the Lady Eagles scoreless in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Sweetwater offense worked hard to take advantage of the situation. Madison Robinson, Abbey Barr, Mikalee Martin, and Kassedy McCool poured in baskets early to race out to an 8-0 advantage. Martin added two more layups and Mari Robbins added a layup and a free throw to give Sweetwater the 15-0 lead after one quarter.
Robinson opened the second quarter on a tear with two straight baskets, and though Mackenzie Harvey stopped the scoreless run with a Maryville Christian jumper, the Cats continued to press. Robbins managed a steal and a score and Barr drove home a 3-pointer for the Lady Cats. A Jesse Cooper trey answered Barr’s efforts, but Barr quickly responded with a steal and score. Emily Allen added a basket and Martin went coast-to-coast for a layup that put Sweetwater up 30-6 at halftime.
Cooper and Kenlee Likos kicked off the second half on a run for Maryville Christian, but those ended up as the only two baskets the Lady Eagles would score in the third quarter. Martin and McCool added baskets and Barr and Martin chipped in free throws to keep Sweetwater out in front. A Robbins 3-pointer combined with a Shea Wheeler steal and score and a Robinson layup put the Lady Cats in front 45-11 at the end of three complete.
Paige Damron and Likos led the Lady Eagles’ most productive quarter in the fourth period, but that didn’t change the outcome of the game. The Lady Eagles put up nine points, but the Lady Cats put up 11 on two 3-pointers from Martin and one from McCool and a layup by Robinson to keep the lead. In the end, the Lady Cats coasted in to victory with a 36-point margin.
Martin led Sweetwater with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Robinson added 10 points. Cooper and Likos led Maryville Christian with 7 each.
No. 5 SWEETWATER WILDCATS 83, MARYVILLE CHRISTIAN EAGLES 33
In the nightcap, Sweetwater held on despite the height of Maryville Christian to take a big win on the road in Maryville.
Matthew Kile and Dominique Oggs got Sweetwater going, scoring the first seven points of the game before Patrick Damron nabbed a steal-and-score to get the Eagles on the board. Isaac Pottorff added a jumper and Jack Goins added a 3-pointer to answer a trey from Kolbe Billingsley to keep the Eagles close, 10-7, in th eearly goings. Sweetwater felt the score was too close for comfort, though, and reeled off an 8-0 run behind Kile, Oggs, and Carson Hicks to close out the first quarter with an 18-7 lead.
Will English answered a second-quarter Oggs basket with a dunk on the other end for Maryville Christian but Billingsley quickly responded with two 3-pointers and Kile and Billingsley each added a layup as the lead ballooned to 31-12. Two more treys by Jayce Upton and Billingsley added to the lead and two Austin Long baskets to end the first half put Sweetwater on top 41-16 at the break.
To start the second half, Oggs traded baskets with the Eagles as English made a layup and Pottorff made a 3-pointer. Billingsley added a putback and a 3-pointer and Oggs and Hicks added layups before a second Pottorff trey swished through the net. The Wildcats responded with an 11-0 run led by two baskets from Hicks and a 3-point play from Billingsley before another Pottorff trey ended the third quarter with Sweetwater on top 66-32.
From there, the Wildcats went deep into the bench to get experience for younger players and they continued to succeed. The defense held Maryville Christian scoreless, save for a free throw, as Christian Baker scored his first points of the game for the Wildcats. Hicks added a trey and Upton added a layup before Dalen Gibby, Mikah Thaxton and Carson Kile all got into the scoring column with baskets.
Overall, the Eagles just couldn’t keep pace with the Wildcats’ hot shooting and the Wildcats took the road victory.
Billingsley led Sweetwater with 22, while Oggs added 18 and Matthew Kile added 12.
Pottorff finished with 13 to lead Maryville Christian.