High School Sports

Spring Valley trounces Nation Ford

Facing Class 4A defending champion Spring Valley in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday, Nation Ford hung in as long as it could.

It wasn't long.

About four minutes into the game, Spring Valley shut down the Falcons' offense and rolled to a 70-29 win.

"It's all business in the playoffs," Spring Valley coach Anne Long said. "You can't be nice to any team. You put your game face on, get after it and get it done when you can."

Spring Valley (23-2, 10-0), the No. 1 seed out of Region 4, did not play its best early. Three Vikings starters picked up two fouls apiece in the first quarter, and in the opening minutes their shots were not falling. Nation Ford took a four-point lead as the Vikings went scoreless in the first two minutes.

"We did what we wanted to do early, which was to make them take shots outside, not let them get inside, and that worked for a little while," Falcons coach Frank Snider said.

Four minutes in, the Vikings tied the score. But when Falcons guard Haley Sanders drilled a 3-pointer that put the Falcons back in front, it seemed Nation Ford might challenge Spring Valley.

Asia Dozier made it clear that was not going to happen, responding with a 3-point bucket to put the Vikings ahead for good.

In the 12 minutes remaining in the half, Spring Valley outscored Nation Ford 22-3.

The Falcons had the right idea on offense but struggled to execute, especially against the Vikings' greedy defense. Sophomore guard Shaquita Walker made four steals in the first half, all of which the Vikings converted into points.

"She usually gets us going there," Long said. "Once she gets to scoring, it's kind of a snowball effect."

Walker finished with nine points. Dozier had a game-high 18, and Xylina McDaniel chipped in 17.

Spring Valley next faces the winner of the T.L. Hanna/Hillcrest contest at 7 p.m. Friday.

Spring Valley 70, Nation Ford 27

NF: Trull 5, Glover 2, Meadows 2, Bright 2, McCulloguh 8, Smith 1, Sanders 7, Walker 2. SV: Robinson 9, Walker 9, Asia Dozier 18, Bryan 8, Lawrence 7, Xylina McDaniel 17.

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