Siegel's boys picked up their second big win of the week, defeating La Vergne 64-49 on the heels of a road win at Riverdale Tuesday night.
The Stars fast-paced offense, combined with few mistakes, fed into their early 32-25 halftime lead. Siegel committed just three turnovers in the early going and forced the Wolverines to hit from deep as 14 of their 22 attempts came from beyond the arc.
“(After our break) we wanted to focus on taking care of the basketball and keeping our man in front of us, and we did a great job of that tonight,” Siegel coach Dyron Birdwell said. “I thought the guys did a good job playing the game at our speed and find the open man.”
Despite the pace, it was a low-scoring 12-6 third period that the Stars began to gain some separation. Jaylan Wetzel scored half of Siegel points in the third before shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor in the fourth to carry out the home win.
“They could not keep up with us when we pressed, and as the game went on we could find the open man and hit those shots,” guard Zion Swader said.
Siegel’s Matthew Schneider scored a game-high 19 points, including shooting 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
“(Matthew) is a scorer and helps himself with how good of an offensive rebounder he is,” Birdwell said. “He came off the bench tonight, which is new for him, but I am proud of the way he responded.”
Junior Zion Swader put together a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and added an impressive six steals. Swader led a defense that controlled the boards as the Stars outrebounded the Wolverines 34-20.
“This week my dad has challenged me to be more aggressive,” Swader said. “We want to make it to the Glass House (MTSU's Murphy Center) this year, so we needed to bring energy (early in the district).”
La Vergne’s Antuan Rhodes-Williams made five 3-pointers en route to his 19 point performance.
LA VERGNE (49): Antuan Rhodes-Williams 19, Devin Kline 13, Cam McCllough 9, Tony Nowlin 5, Jaden Rodgers-Brown 3
SIEGEL (64): Matthew Schneider 19, Jaylan Wetzel 16, Zion Swader 13, Martise Jackson 6, Brennon Marsh 5, Elijah Buckner 5
Siegel 49, La Vergne 29
The Lady Stars found their rhythm in the final quarter and rode out with a 49-29 win over the La Vergne.
“Our shooters had to be patient tonight, run our stuff and live and die by the three,” Lady Stars coach Shawn Middleton said. “We are struggling without a post presence but at the end of the day we need to play defense.”
Siegel outscored the Lady Wolverines 16-5 in the final frame. Freshman Azariah Abell scored connective baskets amidst the run on her way to an 18 point night.
“She handles the ball well and her she gets after it which is all you can ask for out of a freshman,” Middleton adds on the aggressive nature of Abell.
Siegel's Serenity Lillard contributed seven points, 10 rebounds alongside backcourt mate Atria Davis, who had seven points and five boards.
LA VERGNE (29): Tiyana Condra 11, LaShawnda Stevens 8, Sarah Duol 5, Justice Dudley 3, Kori Grimes 2
SIEGEL (49): Azariah Abell 18, Serenity Lillard 7, Atria Davis 7, Monica Peralta 6, Shaiyanna Booker 4, Erin Vanhook 3, Carrington Creasy 2, Crystal Peralta 2