On a night when their head coach was inducted into the CCHS Sports Hall of Fame, the Carroll County girls’ basketball team put on a show worthy of enshrinement as well.
In what quite possibly may have been a school record, the Lady Cavs scorched Christiansburg for 36 points in the first quarter en route to a 70-36 River Ridge District in Hillsville on Friday. Carroll County (15-1, 10-0 River Ridge District) opened the game on a 16-0 run, made 11 of its first 12 shots from the floor, and was on pace to score more than 200 points for a while – going up 20-2 a mere three minutes into the game, or one point for every nine seconds. The Cavaliers would shoot 79 percent from the floor (15-of-19) in the first quarter to open a 36-6 lead after eight minutes.
“I don’t know that I can remember since I’ve been here ever scoring 36 points in a quarter. We were absolutely lights out,” said Carroll County head coach Marc Motley, who was one of five to be inducted into the CCHS Sports Hall of Fame at the conclusion of the girls’ game. “We missed one three I think in the first half.”
Mattie Kennedy and Jade Holt both scored 10 points each in the first quarter alone. The onslaught continued in the second quarter as Keely Lundy and Mariah Carter each drilled a 3-pointer to open the frame on a 10-0 run, putting the Cavs up 46-6. Carter’s three in particular looked like a bad shot at the time, but like almost everything else Carroll threw up, went in.
“She wanted to join the party. She said, ‘There is a party going on and they didn’t invite me so I’ve got to get mine,’” Motley joked of the shot and the incredible start.
Lundy would bury another three and Carter added a steal and layup to increase the amazing Cavalier start to 51-8 before Carroll finally took the pedal off the gas for a little bit. In all, eleven different Cavaliers scored as everybody contributed in the blowout win.
“Those kids you are seeing play later on are busting their hind ends every day pushing these five or six starters and that makes a lot of difference,” Motley said. “My reserves can play with a lot of teams, they can beat a lot of teams we play and that makes our other kids have to play harder every day in practice.”
Holt scored 12 of her season-high 13 points in the first half. She proved too much for the Blue Demons to handle inside. Kennedy also finished with 13 points and Lundy added 11, while Carter scored 10.
“She played hard. (Jade Holt) is a kid that has always been a slow starter over the last three years but by the end of the year she is always focused and ready to play. And she has been focused and ready to play the last six or seven games,” Motley said.
The Cavalier coach said things seem to be coming together for the Cavaliers. After a bit of a shooting slump to start the season, Kennedy is starting to get hot and pick up her shooting. Just as important, the team has scoring options all the way around to compliment a stout defense.
“I’m hoping we keep playing that way. I think these kids have aspirations of going a little further than they did last year,” Motley said. “Keely loves to attack the basket and she passes well. She has led us in assists the last three seasons. Mattie is leading this year and that is the difference in our team. Our kids, Mariah’s points are down just a little bit, Mattie’s points are down just a little bit, but we’re scoring a lot more as a team because we have a lot more contributors. We have a lot more kids that can score, which makes it a lot tougher to guard. I think that is probably the difference in our team from last year. We have more options on offense but defensively we seem to be able to get out and put more pressure on the basketball.”
After the Hall of Fame ceremonies, the entire Carroll County girls’ team came into the lobby to have their picture taken with Coach Motley on the special night. Additionally, between 15 and 20 of his former players were there to celebrate the accomplishment with him.
“It was pretty humbling for me. I was very appreciative of everything, all those kids showing up. I couldn’t be any luckier to have kids like that come back, of course they are grown-ups now,” Motley said. “You talk about however many wins, we couldn’t have any of that stuff without these kids working hard in the summer and the offseason and practicing hard and playing hard for us. So that plaque out there is as much theirs as it is mine. They are the reason it is up there. I am just kind of the person that sits out there and hopes I’ve got them in the right direction.”
Cburg 6 14 9 7 – 36
Carroll 36 18 11 5 – 70
Christiansburg – Cromer 1 0-0 3, Moschella 4 2-4 12, Stoner 2 0-0 4, Lewis 2 0-0 5, Kemp 1 0-0 2, Allen 1 0-0 2, Wright 0 2-2 2, Carr 1 0-2 2, Blaine 1 2-4 4. 3-pointers – Moschelle 2, Cromer 1, Lewis 1.
Carroll County – Lundy 4 0-0 11, Dalton 2 2-3 6, Caviness 1 2-2 5, Gallimore 2 0-0 5, Robinson 0 0-1 0, Alley 1 0-0 2, M. Kennedy 5 0-1 13, Giles 0 1-2 1, Carter 4 1-1 10, Holt 6 1-2 13, A. Kennedy 1 0-0 2, Garland 1 0-0 2. 3-pointers – Lundy 3, M. Kennedy 3, Caviness 1, Gallimore 1, Carter 1.
Carroll Co. 71, Pulaski Co. 34
Carroll County used a balanced offense and a stifling defense to cruise past Pulaski County 71-34 on Jan. 24 in a River Ridge District win in Hillsville.
Keely Lundy led 10 different Cavalier scorers with 15 points and eight different Lady Cavs scored at least six points. Meanwhile, the Carroll defense only allowed Pulaski (6-10, 5-4 River Ridge) to score double figures twice in a quarter, 11 points each in the second and fourth periods.
Mattie Kennedy and Kenda Robinson each scored nine points for the Cavailers, while Amy Jo Caviness and Jade Holt both chipped in eight. Madi Dalton scored seven for Carroll and Mariah Carter and Megan Garland both netted six points.
Pulaski 6 11 6 11 — 34
Carroll 15 27 16 13 — 71
Pulaski County – Lowe 7, Stables 6, Coffey 6, Akers 5, Haynes 4, Ratcliff 4, Greer 2. 3-pointers – Stables 2, Akers 1.
Carroll County – Lundy 15, M. Kennedy 9, Robinson 9, Caviness 8, Holt 8, Dalton 7, Carter 6, Garland 6, A. Kennedy 2, Giles 1. 3-pointers – Lundy 3, Caviness 2.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN