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Carroll girls stay perfect in SWD

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By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– With about 30 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 37, Carroll County called timeout to set up a final shot. The last half-minute dwindled away without an attempt being made.

The Cavaliers can be thankful for second chances.

In virtually the same situation in overtime, this time with the Cavs down a point and having called timeout with 20 seconds showing, Carroll County got a 3-pointer from Kayla Goins and survived two last-second Abingdon attempts to hang on for a 47-45 Southwest District win.

The Cavaliers (8-7 overall) remain undefeated in district play at 6-0, while the Falcons dropped to 7-7, 4-3.

Goins fed Hailie Lineberry underneath for a 39-37 lead early in the extra session, which kicked off a 7-1 run for the Cavaliers. Goins rattled home a free throw to complete a three-point play and Jessi Watts swished two from the foul line for a 44-38 lead with 2:23 to go.

The Cavaliers didn’t score again until Goins’ three with nine seconds left.

Samantha Mitchell canned a 3-pointer from the left wing as Abingdon went on a 7-0 run. Jessica Stepp’s two foul shots put the Falcons on top 45-44 with 24 seconds to go before Goins nailed the big shot off an inbounds play.

Carroll County still had nine seconds to sweat out, though, and Abingdon got two excellent looks at the bucket. Morgan Grant’s runner from eight feet dropped off the bucket to a waiting Allison Meade, but her putback attempt rolled around the rim and then fell off as the horn sounded.

Carroll County reached overtime by holding the Falcons without a field goal the first 6:50 of the fourth quarter. Trailing 31-27 after the third period, the Cavaliers tied the game at 32 when Audrey Dickens converted a Goins assist with 2:44 to go.

Samantha Whittmore’s foul shot put the Falcons back up by one point before Goins swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 2:03 mark.

Mitchell’s 15-foot jumper at 1:10 – Abingdon’s only field goal of the quarter – tied it at 35 but Watts scored off a Cydnie Cornell feed 15 seconds later for a 37-35 Carroll lead.

Meade knotted the game again with 42 seconds left on a pair of foul shots, and the Cavaliers never got off a potential game-winner.

The Falcons made a living at the free throw line, shooting 39 freebies. Whittmore’s two foul shots sent Abingdon to the half with a 24-20 lead.

Carroll County had led only once in the first half at 15-14, but found itself in front early in the second half by opening the third period with a 5-0 run, and survived despite being outscored 22-10 at the foul line and having three players foul out.

Goins led the Cavaliers with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Watts added 12 points and four steals.

Mitchell paced Abingdon with her 14 points.

Abingdon 14 10 7 6 8––45

Carroll Co 13 7 7 10 10––47

Abingdon (7-7, 4-3)

Meade 1 5-8 7, Grant 1 4-11 6, Mitchell 5 2-2 14, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Stepp 1 3-4 5, Perdue 1 2-6 4, Whittmore 1 5-8 7. Totals 11 21-39 45.

Carroll County (8-7, 6-0)

Hill 0 2-2 2, M.A. Jones 0 0-2 0, Goins 6 2-5 17, Watts 2 7-9 12, Cornell 1 1-4 3, Dickens 2 1-2 5, Rippey 1 0-0 2, Lineberry 3 0-1 6. Totals 15 13-25 47.

Three-point field goals – Abingdon 2-5 (Mitchell 2), Carroll County 4-12 (Goins 3, Watts). Rebounds – Abingdon 33 (Perdue, Whittmore 6), Carroll County 39 (Goins 12). Turnovers – Abingdon 19, Carroll County 25. Steals – Abingdon 13 (Meade 5), Carroll County 7 (Watts 4). Team fouls – Abingdon 20, Carroll County 25. Fouled out – Watts, Rippey, Lineberry. Technical fouls – None.