Liberty Heights rallies for signature win
Make no mistake about it, Liberty Heights come from behind 44-39 win over Teays Valley was especially sweet for head coach Mike Wright. Being a non-association team, Liberty Heights doesn’t have a budget to fund their program or does the coaching staff get paid for coaching at Liberty Heights. It’s done for the passion and the fact they can make a difference and get young players on the radar to get to the next level. Trailing 29-19 at the half, coach Mike Wright “willed” his team to the win where they outscored Teays Valley 25-10 in the second half.
Eight different players got into the scoring column for Liberty Heights with 6’8 senior Dominique Davidson leading the way with a game high 14 points. Davidson’s effort was a microcosm of the team’s overall team play. This particular win was based on pure grit, toughness, and the fortitude of not quitting or giving up. Liberty Heights had every reason to pack the bags and head home with a loss, but the passion of head coach Mike Wright would not allow that to occur. He pushed and challenged his team every possession in the second half. The first half was a constant struggle to get into any offensive rhythm, but Liberty Heights won the game by their aggressive “in your face” defensive pressure. They contested every single shot, battled on the boards, and dove on the floor for loose balls. Simply put, they made one hustle play after another. It wasn’t the prettiest offensive game, but they walked away with an impressive win over a very talented Teays Valley team. In addition, they held 6’6 junior David Jones to 10 points and only two points in the second half.
6’8 ’20 Dominique Davidson (Liberty Height)
Dominique Davidson has been battling an ankle injury for the most part of the season. He injured it once again, but he wasn’t going to allow anything to get in his way of playing and closing out the win. Davidson finished with a game high 14 points, battled for rebounds and made his presence known on both ends of the court
Defense, defense, and more defense
Teays Valley is an extremely talented team. They lost 66-64 yesterday to Combine Academy. After allowing 29 points in the first half, Liberty Heights stepped up the pressure and held Teays Valley to six points in the third quarter and four in the fourth. Overall, Teays Valley was only able to make three shots in the entire second half. While Liberty Heights once again struggled to fine offensive consistency, they simply won the game by playing tough, hardnose defense.