Lady Vikings Drop BHS

Nia Smith (24) goes up strong for the Lady Bengals. (Photo/Kristy Kimball Massey)

Nia Smith (24) goes up strong for the Lady Bengals. (Photo/Kristy Kimball Massey)

BLYTHEWOOD (Jan. 18, 2017) – The Blythewood girls gave Spring Valley their best shot Tuesday, but it wasn’t good enough to outlast Ashley Williamson and the Lady Vikings.

Williamson scored 22 points and Destiny Coleman and Lauryn Taylor scored 10 points apiece to boost Spring Valley to a 52-36 victory over the Lady Bengals at the Blythewood gym.

“We showed them a good and tight game,” Blythewood head coach Steve Inabinet said. “Even at halftime we thought we had a chance, but we made too many little mistakes, like missing a pass or making a layup, little simple things.”

Nia Smith had 13 points to lead the Lady Bengals (3-12 overall, 1-4 Region 5-5A). Lakyra Weeks had 12 points.

Blythewood was three days removed from their first region victory, a 67-66 win at White Knoll Friday. They looked to notch a second region win over the Vikings (14-4, 6-0), and played that way throughout the game.

With Williamson at the helm, Spring Valley was able to extinguish Blythewood’s rallies. Williamson had 11 points in each half and kept the Lady Vikings far enough ahead of the Bengals.

The Lady Vikings opened with a 13-4 lead in the first quarter, but Blythewood eventually found the basket and trailed Spring Valley 26-17 at the half.

The Lady Bengals made it interesting in the third quarter when Nia Smith made good on a 3-point play to open the quarter. Keayra Jackson hit the back end of a two-shot foul and Lakyra Weeks sank a transition basket to make it 26-23 Vikings at the 5:44 mark.

Spring Valley called a timeout at that point, and when play resumed the Lady Vikings finished the quarter with a 10-0 run. The Lady Vikings got baskets from Taylor, Coleman and Williamson, and then Williamson was 4-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Blythewood didn’t come close to overcoming Spring Valley in the fourth quarter.

“I feel good about them,” Inabinet said of his team. “The effort was there, we got off to a good start, but we had a couple of people who were having a bad game, and it’s hard to recover from that. But we’re getting better.”

Spring Valley 52, Blythewood 36

SV: 13-13-10-16 – 52

BHS: 4-13-6-13 – 36

Spring Valley

Ashley Williamson 22, Lauryn Taylor 10, Destiny Coleman 10, Porter 8, Davis 2.

Blythewood

Nia Smith 13, Lakyra Weeks 12, Mims 5, Jackson 3, Bostic 2, Jackson 1.