ASHVILLE, Ohio -- Coming off of a confidence boosting win, Teays Valley (5-9) looked to pick up their sixth win and gain momentum heading into the latter portion of the season. Central Crossing (3-13), entered the contest trying to grab their fourth win of the season.
Maintaining control throughout the game, Teays Valley kept Central Crossing at a distance but had some extremely close calls towards the end. Teays Valley senior Clayton Knox had a stand out game, performing like a defensive animal and getting rewarded through the fast break often. Closing out the game, senior Camden Primmer sealed the deal for Teays Valley in a convincing 68-59 win.
Both teams started out blazing hot after the tip. Junior Garrett Meddock started Teays Valley’s hot streak with a three-pointer from the corner. Central Crossing then struck back with a finish in the paint and continued to go back and forth with the Vikings for most of the quarter.
Although Central Crossing shot it well early, Teays Valley grabbed a six point lead thanks to their excellent shooting from behind the arc. Four three-pointers, including two from Meddock gave them a 17-11 lead.
A large duration of the second quarter was Teays Valley’s to control. After continuing the trend of the first quarter for the first few minutes, the Vikings began to stretch the lead, thanks to elite defense from Knox. Knox dominated the quarter by getting two steals and three buckets all in transition.
While Knox was producing for the Vikings, Miller was giving all his effort to try and keep the Comets within striking distance. Miller put up nine in the quarter after starting the game scoreless.
Coming out of the locker rooms, both teams slowed down and did not produce consistently for the first portion of the third. However, Knox and Miller came to fruition once again. Trading blows throughout the third, the Vikings maintained their 12 point lead due to lack of offense from the rest of Central Crossing. Knox, slowing the game down, hit two three-pointers in the half court offense and continued to disrupt the Comets on defense.
Trying to rally Central Crossing to a win, Miller had his chances late, however, right when the chance was presented Teays Valley’s players started to hit their strides as well. Meddock finished the game out for the Vikings putting up seven in the final quarter, including a few of the final free throws. Even with an eight point quarter, Miller couldn’t get enough help from his supporting cast late in the contest, as the Comets ultimately dropped another one.
Clayton Knox (6’2” G / Teays Valley / 2020): Knox has been a defensive catalyst for the Vikings all season and he has proven once again how good he is at it. Getting two steals within a minute span in the second quarter, Knox created a 6-0 run and catapulted the Vikings ahead. This is one of the many examples of incredible plays Knox made tonight. Scoring 18 points for the Vikings, Knox showed how he can have his standout nights and is a major X-Factor for Teays Valley. The heart in Knox alone is good enough to give him a major presence on the court and his skills are an added bonus.
Devon Miller (6’4” F /Central Crossing / 2020): Miller was absolutely fantastic for the comets tonight and provided most of their offense. His abilities in the post and on the boards elevated his play, grabbing a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Miller also had the most assists on the team, leading them in all three major categories. Miller was an excellent leader and gave his best effort until the final buzzer rang.
Camden Primmer (6’2” F / Teays Valley / 2020): Primmer has been a consistent offensive presence for the Vikings and has proven over the course of the year he is the most skilled offensive player in the court. Often running the ball through Primmer, the Vikings succeed through his improved playmaking abilities. Putting up 11 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, Primmer was proficient in all areas of the game. Heading late into the season, look for Primmer to be a major key to the Viking’s playoff aspirations.