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HILLSVILLE –– A shooter’s philosophy dictates that if you’re making ‘em, keep shooting. If you’re not making ‘em, keep shooting until you do.
Right now, Crysta Guynn only has to worry about the first part.
Riding a hot streak that has extended through the last six quarters, Guynn came off the bench to pour in 20 points Wednesday, helping to lead Carroll County over Magna Vista 59-46 in a Region IV Division 4 quarterfinal game.
The Cavaliers advanced to Thursday’s region semifinals at Magna Vista, where they will face Piedmont District champion Bassett. The Bengals took a pair of nondistrict wins over Carroll in the regular season, by 1 and 11 points. The winner of that game advances to the region finals on Saturday and will earn a spot in the Group AA tournament that starts next week.
Guynn has scored 39 points in the last six quarters of play for the Cavaliers, starting with five 3-pointers and 19 points in the second half of Carroll’s district tournament finals Saturday. Against the Warriors, she knocked down a pair of treys within a minute of each other upon entering the game in the first period.
“She’s played well the last three or four games,” Carroll County coach Marc Motley said. “She’s shot the ball well, and right now she’s our best scorer. The way we play it could be anybody on any given night, and it’s just happened that the last three or four nights it’s been her.”
Megan Alderman and Taylor Martin both connected from downtown for the Cavaliers’ first six points, and Carroll County never trailed again after allowing Magna Vista to take a 5-0 lead.
Guynn scored nine points in less than two minutes starting with a pair of free throws. Her second 3-pointer was actually a four-point play that sent Carroll County into the second period with a 17-9 lead as the Cavaliers hit 4-of-7 from long range in the first seven minutes of play.
“We’re getting some pressure on the basketball and it’s leaving our shooters open,” Motley said. “As long as we’re getting people double-teamed, it’s pretty hard to close out on her.”
Makayla Hairston scored 11 of Magna Vista’s first 13 points, but the Warriors went scoreless for a six-minute stretch in the second quarter as the Cavaliers reeled off eight unanswered points. Hayden Caldwell swished a 19-foot jumper, and following a Magna Vista free throw, Jessica Sheek hit two foul shots for the Cavaliers’ biggest lead of the night, 29-14, just before halftime.
The Warriors stepped up the defensive pressure to start the second half and soon had made a game of it again, pulling to within five points, 36-31, at the 2:40 mark of the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Ocean Adams. Brandi Warner scored 10 points in the third for Magna Vista.
“We’ve played them twice this year and they’ve scored 24 and 26 points, and I thought they played much better offensively tonight than they did in either game early in the year,” said Motley. “[Hairston], man she gave us fits until she fouled out. And the Warner kid just started attacking, and she either got a foul called or she made a basket.”
But Guynn got hot again and scored seven of her nine third-period points in the final 2:23 of the period. She answered Adams’ trey with one of her own, cut to the bucket and converted a Machala Hash dish into a layup, and Hash completed a three-point play on the Cavaliers’ press break. Guynn barely beat the third-quarter horn with her fourth 3-pointer of the game, boosting the Cavalier lead back to 12 points, 47-35, after three quarters of play.
Carroll County hit 7-of-8 foul shots the final 2:23, including four by Martin, who finished with 13 points, to preserve the lead.
Hairston scored 18 points and Brandi Warner had 16 for Magna Vista.
Magna Vista............9 7 19 11––46
Carroll County......17 12 18 12––59
Magna Vista (9-11)
Thompson 2 1-3 6, Johnson 0 0-2 0, McDaniel 1 1-2 3, Adams 1 0-0 3, Warner 4 8-8 16, Hairston 7 4-4 18. Totals 15 14-19 46.
Carroll County (16-9)
Alderman 1 1-3 4, Sheek 1 2-2 4, Hash 3 3-3 9, Caldwell 3 0-0 6, Martin 2 8-10 13, Guynn 5 6-9 20, Sellers 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 21-29 59.
Three-point field goals – Magna Vista 2-11 (Thompson, Adams), Carroll County 6-13 (Guynn 4, Alderman, Martin). Rebounds – Magna Vista 24 (Warner 6), Carroll County 38 (Caldwell, Sellers 7). Turnovers – Magna Vista 17, Carroll County 21. Team fouls – Magna Vista 23, Carroll County 16. Fouled out – Adams, Hairston, Alderman.