Carroll County dominated the Region 4D Tournament in girls’ basketball this season and the Lady Cavaliers were rewarded handsomely, sweeping all-region honors.
Senior Mariah Carter was named Region 4D Player of the Year, head coach Marc Motley was tabbed as Region 4D Coach of the Year, and all three Lady Cavaliers nominated for the all-region team earned first-team all-region honors. That’s because Region 4D rules only allow you to nominate three players for the all-region team or sophomore Abigail Kennedy could have very easily made it four.
After running roughshod through the Three Rivers District (Carroll’s closest game was an 18-point victory over Floyd County), the Lady Cavaliers figured to have a tougher time in the Region 4D Tournament. It never happened as Carroll County (23-4) won its three region games by an average of 27.7 points per game, including wins of 36 points and 37 points over Liberty Christian Academy and Blacksburg, to claim the program’s second regional championship in school history.
Heading the charge was senior Mariah Carter, who led Carroll in scoring, steals, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. Carter became one of just seven girls in school history to reach the 1,000-career point milestone earlier in the season. She led the Cavaliers in scoring with 19 points per game despite sitting out the fourth quarter of many Carroll blowouts this season.
Much more than just a scoring threat, the Roanoke College-bound Carter finished second on the team in rebounds with 6.3 per contest. Defensively, she set herself up for many scores as she racked up a team-high 85 steals, or 3.15 per game, many of which she turned directly into layups on the other end of the court. Carter also led the team in field goal percentage (46.4 percent) and shot a team-high 75.2 percent from the charity stripe, making good on 82-of-109 free throws. She also connected on 32.1 percent of her 3-point attempts and hauled in 89 offensive rebounds, the second-highest total on the squad.
Joining Carter on the All-Region 4D First Team were Gallimore and Dalton. Also a senior, Gallimore was among the team leaders in almost all offensive categories. Her 10.8 points per game were the third-highest on the team and her 99 assists (3.67 per game) were the second-most by a Lady Cavalier.
Gallimore also finished with 46 steals, or 2 per game. While she possessed a lethal combination of scoring and passing ability, perhaps her outside shooting is what made her most dangerous. The Cavalier senior led the team with 68 3-pointers (2.5 per game) and she was third on the team in 3-point percentage at 34.2 percent (68-of-199).
A versatile playmaker, Dalton did a little bit of everything for Carroll County during the 2017-2018 season to earn first-team all-region honors. Dalton was among the team leaders in almost every category as she finished second on the club in scoring (11.6 points per game), third in rebounds (6 rebounds per contest) and third in assists with 81. She also helped ignite the Cavalier defense, pilfering 68 steals, second only to Carter. Dalton also made the second-most 3-pointers (18) for Carroll and was third in offensive rebounds (69) and free throw percentage (66 percent).
A sophomore, Abigail Kennedy continued to steadily improve throughout the season. Her scoring picked up as she grew more confident as the year went along and her interior defense and rebounding were particularly valuable for Carroll in the postseason. The center led the team in rebounding with 7.9 per game, blocks (34) and offensive rebounds (99). Kennedy also averaged 4.6 points per contest and finished tied for fourth on the team in steals with 46 in earning second-team All-Three Rivers District accolades.
2018 All Region 4D Girls Basketball Team
Mariah Carter -Carroll County
Madi Dalton -Carroll County
Danielle Gallimore -Carroll County
Sydney Burton-William Byrd
Megan Grant-William Byrd
Amiah Stables-Pulaski County
Briona Hurt -William Byrd
TC Younger -Charlottesville
Sapphire Johns-G.W. Danville
Emily Deitrick-Jefferson Forrest
Katie Evans –Salem
Jasmine Tinsley –Bassett
Naomi Jones-EC Glass
Jasmyne Warrer-G.W. Danville
Tiffany Carey-Jefferson Forrest
Emily Hill –LCA
Player of the Year: Mariah Carter -Carroll County
Coach of the Year: Marc Motley – Carroll County
Allen Worrell can be reached by calling (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN