Adairsville boys 55, Sonoraville 54
ADAIRSVILLE — Sonoraville showed their resiliency and fight as they came back from an eight-point halftime deficit to take a lead in the fourth quarter, but Adairsville made just a few more plays down the stretch to send the Phoenix to their first loss in subregion or region competition.
Sonoraville (15-3, 3-1 subregion) struggled in the first half and trailed by as many as 10 before heading into the locker room down 30-22. But the Phoenix found some life in the third quarter, coming back to tie the game at 34-34 before eventually trailing 43-40 at the end of the period.
The fourth quarter featured incredible intensity by both teams and their fans as it was a very loud environment as each side went back and forth with runs. Sonoraville took a one-point lead three times during the final period with one being at 49-48 before Adairsville (9-8, 4-0) went on a 5-0 run to go up 53-49. Sonoraville’s Landon Jones hit a huge 3-pointer with just over a minute left to cut the deficit to one, and then Wil Walraven nailed a pair of free throws to put the Phoenix up 54-53 with 25.2 seconds left. But Adairsville’s Cody Henderson was fouled and made both free throws with 10 seconds left to give his team the lead and a last-second shot by Sonoraville was unsuccessful.
“Credit to (Adairsville),” said Sonoraville coach Brent Mashburn. “They played really hard, and we needed to make a few more plays at the end. I thought we were a little passive in the first half, but we came out and played with a little more confidence in the third quarter. We knew it was going to be a tough game here, and we knew we were going to get their best shot. We made some plays down the stretch, hit some big shots, got some stops, but they did too. They got one more than we did.”
Sonoraville’s Trent Daniel led the way for his team with 18 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. The Tigers did their best to take away the leading score for the Phoenix, Walraven, focusing much of their defensive attention on the senior, but he still managed to score 12, eight of those in the second half. Lucas Brooks was the third Sonoraville scorer in double figures with 11.
Hunter Hice had a huge game for Adairsville with a game-high 21 points. Henderson added 11, and Mason Boswell and Ethan Belcher each scored seven.
Mashburn said his team just needs to learn from the loss and continue improve as they still are aiming for that top spot in the subregion.
“We’ve just got to go to work and get better,” said Mashburn. “There is plenty we need to work on. We get a chance to bounce back at home in our next one. So we’ll go try to get better. We look forward to the challenge.”
Sonoraville is back at home on Tuesday to host rival Calhoun at 7:30 p.m.