Friday nights’ District 5-A showdown between Silverdale and Grace Academy started out slow, but by the time the third quarter rolled around, the Golden Eagles had found their groove.
The first have featured just 27 points between the two teams, but Grace head coach Jon Mattheiss, whose team led 16-11 at the break, thought the defensive struggle presented his team with a big opportunity.
“We were just looking for one run,” Mattheiss said. “I just kept talking about it at halftime. If we get one good run off of our defense and convert two or three baskets and get to a 10 points lead in a low-scoring game, that would would be huge.”
That’s precisely what the Golden Eagles did in the third quarter.
Aaron Powell and Louis Savard each knocked down 3-pointers to spark a 23-6 Grace run, and the visiting Golden Eagles carried that momentum to a 49-32 win over the Seahawks.
“We just had that one spurt that made all the difference in the world,” Mattheiss said.
Powell scored a game-high 16 points for Grace (5-2, 2-0), Savard added 12 and Austin Smith also finished in double figures with 11.
Silverdale overcame its first-half offensive struggles in the final two quarters, but the third-period hole it dug itself was just too much to overcome.
“I thought both teams defenses were stronger than their offenses,” Silverdale head coach Randy Evans said. “There was a lot of push on offense but no one was really scoring.”
John Hall led the Seahawks with 15 points, while Spencer Mossburg added 12, all of which came in the second half.
“We were trying to find an inside presence,” Evans said. “We did a pretty good job of that, we just threw it away quite a bit trying to get it inside.”
Both teams return to action Tuesday when Silverdale (3-4, 0-2) travels to Lookout Valley and the Golden Ealges host Cumberland (Ga.).
Siverdale girls 51, Grace 18
Mariah Massengill scored a game-high 22 points for the Lady Seahawks while Sloane Woodard added 13 and Silverdale rolled to a 51-18 victory over the Lady Eagles.
Grace trailed 28-14 at the break, but with a combination of turnovers, fouls, and strict Silverdale defense, the Lady Eagles were stopped in their tracks in the second half. Silverdale only gave up four points in the final two quarters.