Blacksburg nips Cavaliers

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Carroll County couldn’t duplicate the late-game heroics it used in a first-round win over C’burg.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County was able to pull off a dramatic win over one Montgomery County school in the Region IV Division 4 tournament. Duplicating the feat proved to be too much.


A night after edging Christiansburg by a point, the Cavaliers fell just short of toppling Blacksburg, falling 44-41 in the semifinals Wednesday night.

Carroll County (17-9) never led until Cydnie Cornell’s foul shot put the Cavaliers up 41-40 with 2:16 to play, but Carroll missed its next six shots from the floor and was 0-for-2 from the foul line down the stretch.

Mallory Jones gave the Bruins (19-7) the lead for good with an inside bucket with 41 seconds to go. She and Lacey McMahan each hit a free throw for a three-point lead, and the Cavaliers missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

McMahan hit a controversial 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter as her 40-foot bank shot appeared to have been launched after the horn, but the bucket stood, and Brooke Priest’s putback had Blacksburg ahead 24-12 at 5:05 of the second period.

Blacksburg went scoreless the rest of the half and Cornell had four points in an 8-0 run that cut the gap to 24-20 by halftime, and Carroll trailed 33-31 after Lindsey Martin’s follow beat the third-quarter buzzer.

Audrey Dickens drained a 3-pointer and hit two foul shots to knot the score at 40 before Cornell gave the Cavaliers their first lead.

“We had a hard time guarding those two post players,” Cavalier coach Marc Motley said of Jones and Katy Kipps. “Second half we knew we had to get after it, and we pressed and they turned it over a lot for us. But we couldn’t capitalize just enough when they turned over for us. We got some good looks but couldn’t knock them down.”

Dickens scored 10 points to lead the Cavs while Cornell added nine points and 10 steals. Kayla Goins chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Jones scored 12 and Kipps added 11 for the Bruins.

Blacksburg 17 7 9 11––44

Carroll County 9 11 11 10––41

Blacksburg (19-7)

Henderson 1 0-0 3, McMahan 1 3-4 6, Priest 2 1-4 5, Jones 7 1-2 12, Kipps 5 1-2 11, Long 0 0-0 0, Burks 0 0-0 0, Houston 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 8-16 44.

Carroll County (17-9)

Hill 0 0-2 0, Goins 2 5-6 9, Cornell 3 3-4 9, Dickens 3 2-2 10, Viars 2 0-0 4, Dalton 0 0-2 0, Neely 1 0-1 2, Martin 3 0-0 7. Totals 14 10-17 41.

Three-point field goals – Blacksburg 4 (Jones 2, Henderson, McMahan), Carroll County 3 (Dickens 2, Martin). Team fouls – Blacksburg 15, Carroll County 14. Fouled out – none.

Carroll County 44, Christiansburg 43: Rachel Dalton hit a layup in the waning seconds as the top-seeded Cavaliers escaped the No. 8 Blue Demons in the quarterfinals Tuesday in Hillsville.

Christiansburg (12-13) had the lead and possession when a charging call gave the Cavaliers (17-8) a chance. With Kayla Goins covered, Dalton took the inbounds pass and drove in for the winning points.

Christiansburg had a shot at the win with two seconds to go but missed.

Goins led all scorers with 16 points and Kaitlan Viars added 10 points for Carroll County. Emily Moran and Morgan Shrader both scored 13 points for the Blue Demons.

Christiansburg 8 7 15 13––43

Carroll County 9 10 13 12––44

Christiansburg (12-13)

E.Moran 13, Shrader 13, Motley 11, A.Moran 3, Childress 3

Carroll County (17-8)

Goins 16, Viars 10, Dalton 5, Dickens 5, Cornell 4, Hill 2, Martin 2.

Three-point field goals – Christiansburg 4 (E.Moran 3, A.Moran), Carroll County 3 (Dalton, Goins, Dickens).

Some information provided by Landmark News Service.