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Bobcats thwart Carroll rally

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The Cavaliers fought from 10 down in the fourth to force overtime but came up short at Radford.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

RADFORD -- Carroll County trailed for virtually the entire game until forcing overtime with a late rally, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling 54-49 to Radford in a nondistrict game Wednesday. After taking its only lead in regulation by scoring the game’s first two points, Carroll County (10-3) faced its largest deficit of the game, 37-27, with less than six minutes to play before staging a furious rally. Lindsey Martin sank two foul shots, and she and Kayla Goins dropped in 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to whittle the lead to 39-35 at the 4:46 mark. Another Martin trey, this one off the glass from up top, cut the Radford advantage to 41-40, but the Cavaliers still trailed 46-42 following Pip Pattison’s driving layup with 1:28 to go. Maleah Neely scored from underneath with 1:19 to play and Goins swished a pair of foul shots, finally pulling the Cavaliers even with 37 seconds left. Rachel Dalton forced Pattison onto the sideline for a turnover on the Bobcats’ next possession, giving the Cavaliers one final shot to win with 27 seconds left. Carroll County called a pair of timeouts with 11 seconds to go, but Martin’s desperation 3-pointer off of a loose ball bounced away at the buzzer. The Cavaliers managed to eke out in front when Martin hit one of two from the foul line with 2:24 left in overtime, but a Maryah Sydnor free throw 13 seconds later ended a string of 11 straight Radford misses from the line and re-tied the game, serving as a starting point in a 6-0 run that would ultimately decide the outcome. The Cavaliers missed two field goal attempts and two foul shots before Sydnor dropped in a soft half-hook from 10 feet out, and the Bobcats (13-2) hit five free throws in the final 37 seconds to ice the win. Nearly half of Carroll County’s points in regulation came in the final eight minutes as the Cavaliers managed just 25 points through the first three periods, shooting 25 percent from the floor (9-of-36) and less than 50 percent from the foul line (7-for-16) in that span. Radford closed the half with an 8-2 run to take a 21-15 lead into the break, with seven of Carroll’s points coming from Kaitlan Viars. The Bobcats began expanding that lead in the third quarter with a pair of Sydnor putbacks, and the smooth 6-1 forward hit a jumper from the wing as part of a three-point play for a 33-23 lead just before the end of the third. Sydnor finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds, overshadowing a triple-double by Goins. The Cavalier guard was a single rebound away from a triple-double on Monday, but accomplished the rare feat Wednesday with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals. She had 13 points, nine rebounds and six steals in the second half alone. Viars finished with 13 points, and Neely grabbed 10 boards to go with five points for the Cavaliers.   Carroll County......9  6  10  21  3––49 Radford...............13  8  12  13  8––54

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Carroll County (10-3) Goins 4 8-10 17, R.Dalton 2 1-3 5, Neely 2 1-6 5, Martin 2 3-5 9, Cornell 0 0-0 0, Viars 6 1-3 13. Totals 16 14-27 49. Radford (13-2) Pattison 2 6-12 10, Mundy 1 0-2 2, Facemire 0 1-2 1, Wright 0 1-2 1, Carter 1 2-4 4, Sydnor 7 10-11 28, Hale 1 0-2 2, Scott 4 1-6 9. Totals 16 21-41 54.

Three-point field goals – Carroll County 3-17 (Martin 2, Goins), Radford 1-8 (Sydnor). Rebounds – Carroll County 41 (Goins 13), Radford 39 (Sydnor 14). Steals – Carroll County 18 (Goins 10), Radford 10 (Sydnor 3). Turnovers – Carroll County 19, Radford 24. Team fouls – Carroll County 29, Radford 20. Fouled out – R.Dalton, Neely, Cornell. Technical fouls – none.

JV – Carroll County 42-16.