Sesser-Valier used a big third-quarter run to blow open a close game against the host Spartans on Tuesday night.
Sesser-Valier won the game 54-35.
Sesser-Valier took a 22-20 edge into halftime. The Red Devils exited the locker room and surged way ahead in the third period.
Waltonville tied the game at 22 to start the second half after a bucket from Ryan Majewski. But Sesser answered with a 13-2 run. The big offensive surge put the Red Devils up 35-24. Austin Zahm and Dalton Banach stopped the Sesser lead from growing with free throws and a bucket in the final 90 seconds of the period.
“We don't have the bodies to make up that many points and to be able to press and trap,” Waltonville coach Brian Gamber said. “We just don't have the personnel to do that. So once we got down, it's tough playing catchup.”
Justin Winchester paced Waltonville with 12 points, and Hunter Coggins added eight.
Jordan Gunter led Sesser-Valier with 15 points. Jacob Vanway was also in double figures with 11.
Waltonville finished with 20 turnovers in the game. Several led to easy scores on the other end for Sesser.
“We knew they were going to come run and jump, trap,” Gamber said. “They didn't want us to run our sets.”
The game was close throughout the opening half of action.
Waltonville held a slim lead through the opening four minutes of play. Sesser doubled up the Spartans at 14-7 after a bucket from Tyler Baxter in the second quarter. Waltonville fought back into the game. Winchester forged an 8-0 run of his own to get the Spartans close. He dropped down a pair of 3-pointers and followed with free throws. The offense helped Waltonville claimed a 15-14 edge midway through the second.
“We were right where we wanted to be,” Gamber said. “Because if you would have told me they had 22 points at halftime I would have felt like we were in a great spot and we were.”
Waltonville is 7-13 this season and hosts Grayville tonight.