Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sandy Creek, Whitewater split cross-class battle


By Jimmie Haywood

Brandon Lindsey led Sandy Creek to victory in Saturday night’s showdown between Whitewater and Sandy Creek. (Staff P

The Sandy Creek boys basketball team won their third straight game after overcoming a slow start to defeat Whitewater 59-45 on Saturday.
Senior guard Brandon Lindsey played a key role for Sandy Creek (13-3 overall, 4-1 region) in the contest with a game-high 19 points -- including eight straight points that sparked a Patriots 17-2 run between the first and second quarters. Javon Jackson also reached double figures for Sandy Creek with 12 points.
“It took us a while to adjust to their size,” said Sandy Creek coach Willie Reese. “Once we started dictating the pace so they could not throw the ball inside it went well for us.
“Brandon (Lindsey) is really playing well and under control. He put a lot of work into it over the summer so he is reaping the fruits right now.”
The loss snapped a four game winning streak for the Wildcats (11-6, 7-2). Phil Cofer and Phil Gardner scored 11 points each for Whitewater.
“Our most emphasis this week was beating McIntosh and Creekside last night,” said Whitewater head coach Mark Fisher. “We got in at 11 last night and these boys legs are gone, but take nothing away from Sandy Creek. They played great.
“We’re just going to regroup and focus on the region and get ready for the tournament.” 
Whitewater jumped out to an early 9-5 lead with 2:31 left in the first, but back-to-back baskets by Lindsey helped the Patriots gain their first lead of the game and capped off a 10-2 run the close out the quarter.
Lindsey opened up the second with another bucket as the Patriots scored the first seven points of the quarter to go up 22-11 with 5:45 left before the half. A Garner three pointer kept Whitewater in the game by making the score 22-14. A breakaway slam by Cofer made cut the score 27-21, but his team would go into halftime trailing 31-23.
The three ball was huge for the Patriots with five coming in the first half, but in the third quarter Sandy Creek’s touch from distance became shaky, allowing Whitewater to scrap their way back into the contest on the heels of free -throws and second-chance points to cut the deficit to 39-34 going into the fourth quarter.   
In the fourth, Sandy Creek continued to struggle shooting the ball, but the the Wildcats caught the shooting bug also as they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. With 6:46 remaining in the game and a 41-36 lead, the Patriots went on a 6-1 run to go up double digits and used that momentum to coast for the win. Lindsey accounted for eight of Sandy Creek’s 18 fourth quarter points.        

In a back-and-forth affair, the Lady Wildcats outlasted Sandy Creek by a final score of 41-37.
Kaelyn Dugger led the way for Whitewater (11-7, 6-3) with a team-high 11 points and Jada Coggins followed that up with eight points.
“It was  a good, ugly win,” said Whitewater coach Rashad Muhyee. “I think we were mentally and emotionally tired, but you got to have those ugly wins sometimes.  
Jasmine Jones and Martina Flasikova each scored 11 points for the Lady Patriots (7-9, 3-2).
“Right now our players have reached a wall and we just have to fight through that wall,” said Sandy Creek coach Elmer Williams. “And that starts with mental toughness.”
After jumping out to a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, Sandy Creek was outscored 16-4 in the second quarter and went into the half down 23-17.
Dugger had a productive third quarter as she scored six of Whitewater’s 13 points as they took a 38-26 lead into the fourth quarter. 
Despite being outscored 9-3 in the fourth, the Lady Wildcats managed to make the plays down the stretch defensively to hang on for the win.  


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