Before Tuesday night, Taylorsville’s solo win in Region 5-2A came by way of forfeit.
Behind 24 points from senior guard Kolten Blakeney, the Lady Tartars defeated their Smith County rival Mize 54-32 inside the school’s gymnasium.
"Blakeney is our leading scorer," said Taylorsville head girls basketball coach Angela Moore. "She and one of our post players usually combine for about 75 percent of our points.
"We were a little out of sync tonight, but in the end, we're satisfied with the win."
Taylorsville danced around a 10-point or more cushion in the early going, gaining several leads of 12 that were eventually cut back down to 10 on four separate occasions.
“Our purpose was to get as many people in the game as we could,” said Moore. “We wanted to give everyone plenty of playing time. Because of that, we never got chemistry going the way we wanted to.”
Leading 25-11 at the break, Taylorsville built on its lead by the end of the third period. In the final two minutes of the period, back-to-back three’s by Tamara Williams and Trinity Bender pushed Taylorsville’s lead to 16, 40-25.
“We’ve been working on our shots from the outside,” said Moore. “It helps to open us up on the inside. That is just part of our game plan. We want to hit those shots on the outside to give us some opportunities on the inside.”
Taylorsville outscored Mize in the final period, 14-8, to secure the win and improve to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in Region 5-2A.
“We have a very tough 2A region for girls,” Moore added. “Whomever comes out as our top four, it’ll be close. We have to work hard to get one of those positions.”
A total of nine Lady Tartars walked with points on the night. Besides Blakeney’s 24-point performance, Kywana Johnson led the rest of the field with six.
Taylorsville resumes region play on Friday night at Enterprise (10-7, 0-3). Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.