Lady Warriors slay Honaker Tigers

Photo by Erica Yoon
Lady Warrior Keila Williams looks for a shot around Honaker’s Taylor Perkins while Jamie McGlothlin looks on.

  JOHNSON CITY--It's was the difference of night and day for the Lady Warriors in the second round of the Chick-Fil-A tournament at Science Hill.
  After a disappointing opening loss to Clinton, the Warriors rebounded by destroying Honaker, Va. on Tuesday in a 79-23 final.
  "We sat down and had a heart-to-heart talk with all of them and I think that helped," said Happy Valley coach Ben Godsey. "It's not too late for our team to turn it around and this is a step in the right direction, but hopefully we'll continue this tomorrow. I was really pleased with the way some of our kids stepped up and played and as a team we played pretty well."
  Happy Valley stretched out to a 20-point lead by the end of the first quarter, as they did an excellent job of moving the ball and dominating the inside.
  The Warriors were led by Keila Williams who finished the evening as the games leading scorer with 20 points.
  Williams poured in six points during the first period, along with Samantha Canter and Brandi Dugger who also contributed solid scoring for the Warriors.
  "We needed this for a confidence booster and the coach talked to us all individually before the game, so we got rid of a lot of attitude," said Williams.
  Honaker received a couple of baskets from Taylor McGlaughlin but they were unable to match the Warrior intensity to start the game.
  Happy Valley increased their advantage to 25 after a three-point goal came from Hannah Banks halfway through the second period.
  The Warriors led 36-13 at half-time, as their full-court pressure took it's toll on the Tigers throughout the contest.
  "We used our quickness in pressing the ball, and I'm pleased with our performance today," said Godsey. "Overall we were patient on offense and worked it for some good looks."
  Happy Valley picked up where they left off to start the third quarter with Williams coming out and scoring the first five field goals of the period.
  "Thanks to Shanna Raines, she give me a lot of great passes," said Williams. "We passed the ball around really well today and it was better than what it was before. I felt like everybody wanted it and that's what we needed."
  The Warriors finished the quarter off by making a few steals and turning them into fast-break points with Amber Duncan and Banks finishing off the lay-up.
  Canter ran the break to perfection at the beginning of the final period, as she finished with 14 points and scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter.
  Billie Mullins was the only scorer for Honaker in the final period to lead the Tigers with eleven in scoring.
  The Warriors were able to get all 10 players in the scoring column by the end of the contest, as a three-pointer from post player Lori Forbes put the final exclamation point on the victory.
  Happy Valley will go up against David Crockett on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in an effort to finish fifth place in the tournament.
  "We improved and got a little bit better today, for we had a good game from Keila inside and Sam ran the ball real well," said Godsey. "We looked ahead and ran our offensive fast break real well and got some easy buckets."