Taylorsville built a substantial lead in the second period - and kept on building.
Led by three players in double-digits, Taylorsville captured a 41-point win over Region 5-2A and Smith County rival Mize Tuesday night at home, 87-46.
“I thought our bench played well tonight,” said Taylorsville head boys basketball coach Brandon Jennings. “The second group of guys we put in moved the basketball and moved inside-to-out, which is what I’ve been preaching to them all year.
“The second group set the tone after our first group came out flat. I’m proud of the way our bench guys played.”
The athleticism of Taylorsville was on full display by the second period. The Tartars, with their fast-paced play, outscored Mize 29-15 in the period to lead 47-28 at the halfway point.
“I’ve been playing against Coach Kyle [Magee], who does a great job at Mize for years now,” said Jennings. “But we’re so much deeper than anybody we’ll play. And that’s what I told our guys. They have to be excited if it’s the 12th man or the number one guy scoring. It can be anybody on any given night. We have about five guys averaging double figures for us.”
Senior Jabez Griffith led Taylorsville with 18 points. Junior Jeffery Pittman and sophomore LaJames Ducksworth also finished in double-digits with 16 and 11, respectively. Nine other Tartars contributed point-wise too.
Taylorsville continued to outscore Mize in the second half, 40-18, to earn its second win in a highly competitive Region 5-2A.
"We have Puckett coming up," added Jennings. "And we have Enterprise Friday night. All these teams are well-coached and play hard. Of course, Bay Springs is too and has shooters everywhere. Then you have Heidelberg, who was the preseason pick to win all of [Class] 2A. They're a very good team. Coach [Billy] Wright does an excellent job with them. I believe the road goes through Heidelberg and Bay Springs to win the district."
The Tartars improve to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in Region 5-2A.