“Caleb has always had a great 3-point shot,” Piedmont head coach Tommy Lewis said. “If the defense doesn’t want to step out, then we want everyone to be able to shoot threes.”
Senior point guard Denard Spears added 15 points, but none bigger than two free throws with 12 seconds left to extend the Bulldog lead to two possessions.
“At the end, it came down to what it always comes down to: you have a senior point guard who took control of the game, did the right things, and hit his free throws,” Lewis said.
Saks and Piedmont traded the lead multiple times throughout the game, and neither could establish a dominant hand. This led to the two teams being tied at 44 heading into the last quarter.
“There is still a lot of football in Saks, and they’re going to be very tough by the end of the season, when they get their legs under them,” Lewis said. “Maybe we snuck one out tonight.”
The Wildcat offense was led by Roc Green, who finished with a game-high 21 points. Monty Young finished with nine points and eight rebounds, and Daniel Heard chipped in with eight points and 14 rebounds.
With the win, Piedmont moves to 2-1 in the area. Saks falls to 0-2, with an area game against White Plains Tuesday night.
Saks 51 Piedmont 36:Daja Johnson scored 11 points during the final quarter of Saks’ victory over area foe Piedmont. The win pushes the Wildcats’ area record to 2-0, with their next area game tonight against White Plains.
“It feels amazing to be 2-0 in this area, considering the end of the season we had last year,” Saks head coach Michelle Lively said. “We struggled to find our identity, and I know we are all pretty young in this area.”
Johnson finished with a game-high 17 points. Miracle Dennard chipped in with 14 points.
Saks held a one-point lead heading into halftime, before the Wildcats outscored Piedmont 19-11 in the third quarter.
“We challenged them during halftime,” Lively said. “We told them the score was 0-0, and we came out with our aggressive defense and played our game. It’s something they’re buying into, and when they do, they’re successful.”
For Piedmont, Carlie Flowers led all Bulldog players with 15 points, and Tiffany Prater added eight.