Midway’s Raiders got their second win of the young season Thursday night, a road victory against 3A South Johnston. Final score 63-36.
That the 1A Raiders were battling toe-to-toe with a 3A team was pleasing enough for coach Matthew Creech, but the fact that they took a commanding lead and wound up with a 30-point win elated the coach.
“This was without question the best we’ve played so far this season. To play a 3A team in their house and the play the way we did, was impressive … these guys were impressive. They really stepped up and made things happen.”
South Johnston came out hot and went on an 8-2 early run. But Raider Tyler Mayes came off the bench with a hot hand and helped get Midway’s JV on track.
“Tyler played some big minutes for us early on. He did a great job off the bench,” Creech asserted.
The home team’s early run was the only time South Johnson led the game. After the first quarter, Midway was up 18-10. They only capitalized on that lead in the second period, heading into the half with a commanding 41-18 lead.
The Raiders extended their lead in the third period, finishing ahead 47-27, and they never looked back.
Creech said the key to the came was the hustle defense, with the Raiders coming out with a solid full-court press that created turnovers that quickly turned into points.
“In addition, our half-court offense was executed well, too. And, everyone seemed to know the role they were in and played it well. It was just a solid game for us.”
Leading scorers for Midway were Andre Sankey with 24 points; Parris Smith, 10; Cameron Hobbs, 9; Mayes, 9; Jamarrious Baggett, 2; Jackson Kerr, 2; Collin Warren, 2; and Matthew Core, 2.
Point guard Ayden Cannady, Creech pointed out, was pivotal in the game, creating opportunities for his teammates throughout the night.
“He had 10 assists. He was distributing the ball well and making things happen for us.”
The road win moves the JV Raider record to 2-1. Midway will be on the road again Friday, facing off with Rosewood.