Carroll County’s girls overcame foul trouble and a feisty Blacksburg squad for a 45-26 victory on Jan. 24 that kept the Cavaliers unbeaten in River Ridge District action at 8-0.
Carroll, which improved to 13-2 overall, couldn’t pull away from Blacksburg (3-4, 8-7) until the fourth quarter when the Cavaliers limited the Bruins to just one point. Meanwhile, Keely Lundy scored seven of her game-high 21 points in the period to help lock up the win.
“Both our point guards had four fouls at the end of the game. I was just trying to keep one in at all times,” said Cavaliers Head Coach Marc Motley, whose team was also playing without starter Crysta Gwynn. “Some of our kids who aren’t used to playing a lot of minutes, played a lot tonight.”
Rylee Haynes, who started in place of Gwynn, drew praise from Motley. “The Haynes kid came in and played well for us,” he said. Haynes sank two 3-pointers and finished with eight points.
Although he felt his team may have been a little flat at the beginning of the game, Motley said credit also had to be given to Blacksburg.
“I don’t feel like we came out of the blocks ready to play, but Blacksburg is well coached. They do a good job of taking you out of your comfort zone,” he said.
That being said, Motley noted that his team did a good job defensively.
“We’re not ultra-quick, but we can put a little bit of pressure on you. We want you to take tough shots,” he said. “The only negative part of the game for us was we turned the ball over too much.”
Carroll did finish with 18 turnovers, but forced Blacksburg into 23. The Cavaliers also won the rebounding battle 25-17 and outshot the Bruins 39 percent to 31 percent. Sami Reece led the Cavaliers on the boards with seven and Lundy grabbed six.
Although Blacksburg only led once, 10-9 early in the second quarter, the Bruins stayed within reach of Carroll for most of the game. After losing the lead, the Cavaliers pulled out to an 18-10 lead and held on for a 23-17 halftime advantage.
It looked as if Carroll was ready to put Blacksburg away at the start of the second half. Reece hit a turnaround jumper in the lane, Megan Alderman sank a jumper and Lundy scored on a putback to give the Cavaliers a 29-17 lead. However, the Bruins did get back within six, 31-25, with just over a minute left in the third quarter.
A driving layup by Lundy with one second left in the period and a basket inside by Haley Turman to start the final quarter put Carroll up 35-25. The Bruins then missed the front end of a one-and-one and Alderman answered with a bucket.
Blacksburg scored its last point of the game on a free throw with 5:11 remaining and Lundy answered with an old-fashioned three-point play. From that point on, the Bruins were forced to foul. Lundy hit four of six free throws and Mattie Kennedy hit one of two to lock up the win.
Blacksburg 7..10….8….1 - 26
Carroll Co.9..14..10..12 - 45
Blacksburg – McMahon 1 2-3 4, Rader 0 0-2 0, Ballein 2 0-0 4, Everett 1 3-5 5, Boyle 1 0-2 2, Nickle 0 1-4 1, Martin 4 2-2 10. 9 8-18 26.
Carroll County – Alderman 3 0-0 6, Lundy 7 5-7 21, Kennedy 1 1-2 4, Haynes 3 0-0 8, McMillian 1 0-1 2, Turman 1 0-0 2, Reece 1 0-0 2. 17 6-10 45.
3-Pointers – Blacksburg (none). Carroll County 5 (Lundy 2, Haynes 2, Kennedy).