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HILLSVILLE –– At least Carroll County can’t chalk up Monday’s loss to poor shot selection.
The Cavaliers repeatedly got open looks right under the basket, but getting those chippies to fall was the problem as Bassett took advantage of an unusually cold shooting night by Carroll to get away with a 46-35 nondistrict win.
Carroll County missed 21 times from under the bucket – more than half of those coming in the first quarter – and trailed by as many as 18 points before seeing a late charge run out of steam.
“Offensively, what else could you want?” Carroll County coach Marc Motley said. “We got every shot we wanted in the first half and couldn’t make them. That’s not counting the times we had a 2-on-1 break and bounced it off our knee.”
The Cavaliers (7-5) made just five shots from the floor through the first three periods and was shooting a frosty 14.3 percent for the game when Crysta Guynn hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 5:58 to play. Bassett (8-1) had led 37-19 early in the fourth but Carroll began climbing back in it starting with Guynn’s trey. Taylor Martin converted Machala Hash’s steal into a driving layup, and Hayden Caldwell’s bucket from the inside capped a 10-1 Cavalier run, trimming the Bengals’ lead to single digits, 38-29, with four minutes still to play.
But Bassett countered with eight unanswered points, including a 3-pointer from Ashlee Turner, to put the brakes on Carroll’s charge.
“We didn’t make anything the first three quarters,” Motley said. “In the fourth we made some shots, but we still missed a lot of easy ones right around the basket. I don’t know what else we can do other than get an open 2-footer. And the kids know that. I don’t have to tell them that.”
Including potential and-one opportunities, the Cavaliers missed layups on their first seven possessions, getting only a Caldwell putback and two Megan Alderman free throws in the first 3:30. Cassidi McCann’s three-point play squared the game at 7-7 at 4:21 of the first, but Bassett zoomed away with an 11-0 run into the second period. Andrea Venable swished two 3-pointers during the spurt and Kayla Barbour’s layup to open the second quarter put the Bengals up 15-7. The Cavaliers trailed just 23-15 when Bassett closed the half with five points in the final 12 seconds, including a layup and free throw by Simone Venable.
Carroll County would go the equivalent of half the game – from the 5:25 mark of the second quarter until 5:58 of the fourth – with just one field goal to its credit, Guynn’s third-quarter trey.
With an extremely busy week in front of them, the Cavaliers were somewhat in conservation mode, holding off on the full-court pressure until the fourth quarter and playing all 13 players in each half. Monday was the first of three games in three days, with a key road test Tuesday at Tazewell.
“I’m not saying we didn’t play to win,” said Motley, “because we did – we didn’t make shots – but we made sure we would have everybody fresh and everybody healthy for [Tazewell]. We didn’t want to burn anybody out.”
Carroll County had played to a one-point loss at Bassett earlier in the year, and the two teams may not be done with each other.
“I don’t think this one will affect us too much,” Motley said. “We know there’s a good chance we might see them sometime down the road in the regional tournament. I feel like we can play with them.”
Andrea Venable led Bassett with 16 points and eight rebounds and Simone Venable added nine points. Guynn and Hash scored six each to pace Carroll, which got eight rebounds from McCann.
Bassett................13 15 8 10––46
Carroll County......7 8 4 16––35
Manns-Massey 0 0-2 0, Gravely 0 0-1 0, Barbour 3 1-2 7, Turner 1 0-1 3, S.Venable 3 3-8 9, A.Venable 5 4-6 16, Martin 1 0-0 2, Scales 3 0-2 7, Wyatt 0 0-1 0, Seay 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 10-25 46.
Carroll County (7-5)
Alderman 0 2-2 2, Hash 1 4-6 6, Cain 0 1-2 1, Caldwell 2 1-2 5, Martin 1 0-0 2, Guynn 2 0-0 6, McCann 2 1-1 5, Farmer 1 0-0 3, Sellers 1 2-6 4, Willard 0 1-2 1. Totals 10 12-19 35.
Three-point field goals – Bassett 3-10 (A.Venable 2, Turner), Carroll County 3-13 (Guynn 2, Farmer). Rebounds – Bassett 38 (A.Venable 8), Carroll County 36 (McCann 8). Turnovers – Bassett 13, Carroll County 16. Team fouls – Bassett 20, Carroll County 21. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.
JV – Carroll County won.