By Carey Phillips
Mitchell took control in the second quarter Saturday and breezed to a 65-40 non-conference women’s basketball victory over Smoky Mountain at Mitchell.
Paige Johnson led the Lady Mountaineers with 16 points, and Jill Pittman and Reagan Sparks had 13 apiece.
Macy Wike paced the Lady Mustangs (1-3) with 14 points.
“I wasn’t upset at the girls,” Coach Ollin Dunford said. “We seem to continue to fail with putting the ball in the hole. There’s nothing we can change with implementing our offense. When we have opportunities to get layups and miss or make a bad pass, that’s just a growth thing. We have shown potentially that we can be a good team.”
SM scored eight straight points to go up 8-3 on Julianna Welch’s basket with 1:16 on the clock and held an 11-10 edge at the end of the first quarter.
Mitchell took charge by scoring the second period’s first 16 points, including five by Pittman and four by Sparks, to lead 26-11 with five minutes remaining in the half.
The biggest margin of the half was 33-16 after Savannah Banks’ foul shot with 51.3 seconds to play, and the Lady Mounties led 33-19 at halftime.
The lead reached 42-24 on Pittman’s three-pointer with 4:11 to play in the third quarter, which ended with the score 48-32.
Wike’s basket cut the gap to 49-37 at the 5:20 mark.
The Lady Mounties put the game away with a 16-1 spurt, including seven by Sparks, for a 65-38 lead on Brooke Brewer’s three-pointer with 50 seconds to go.
Wike hit five field goals, including a three-pointer, and was three of three from the line.
Hannah Huddleston added six points, Natalie Parris and Kennedy Stewman both finished with five, Greenlee Flynn scored four and Welch and Allison Macke had three each.
Flynn was the top rebounder with 12.
The SM JVs fell to 0-2 with a 24-22 loss. The Lady Mustangs led 8-3 after the first quarter and 10-8 at halftime but trailed 15-14 entering the fourth period.
Alisha Hall scored nine points for SM.
“We started strong and did a lot of good things,” Coach Jason Melvin said. “Defensively, I thought we played really well, but we struggled to score. Our shots just weren’t falling, and Mitchell’s were. It was a tough loss, but it was good to be out on the court playing.”