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HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County needed a little time to dial itself in, but a pair of three-point possessions on either side of the midway point of the first half jump-started the Cavaliers, who went on to roll Christiansburg 72-31 in a River Ridge District girls’ game Wednesday night.
League-leading Carroll County (12-2 overall, 7-0 district) missed its first seven shots from the floor and was stuck on three points halfway through the first quarter, and led just 10-6 when Megan Alderman turned a steal into a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the opening quarter of play. Sami Reece opened the second period with a putback for a three-point play, and the Cavaliers were off to the races.
Trailing Christiansburg (1-14, 0-6) by a point with less than four minutes left in the opening period, the plays by Alderman and Reece highlighted a 22-2 run that put Carroll County in control for the rest of the evening. Mattie Kennedy hit a layup off a backdoor cut, Keely Lundy dropped in a running one-hander for a three-point play and Kennedy knocked down a 15-foot baseline jumper to cap the rally, which gave the Cavaliers a 25-6 lead.
Christiansburg finally ended a scoring drought of nearly five and a half minutes with a long jumper by Tori Deibler but Lundy ripped a trey from the top and Rylee Haynes hit two free throws off of an offensive rebound, then scored on a runner the next time down the floor as the Cavaliers took a 38-14 lead into the half.
After starting out 0-for-7 from the floor, Carroll County shot nearly 50 percent the rest of the half, hitting 13 of its final 28 shots.
The Blue Demons didn’t help themselves at the foul line, missing their first 10 free throws and hitting just 2-of-12 for the half. Christiansburg went 3-for-17 from the stripe for the game and was 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
Carroll County didn’t fall asleep after halftime, opening the third quarter with a 10-2 run, starting with a pair of Reece baskets underneath. Lundy went coast-to-coast off a defensive rebound to convert a three-point play, and Maycee Cain swished two 3-pointers 18 seconds apart to widen the Cavalier lead to 57-22 entering the fourth quarter.
One of four double-figure scorers for Carroll County, Cain scored all 10 of her points in the final 8:45 of the game. Lundy, who finished with a team-high 14 points, scored off an offensive rebound and Haley Turman finished a fast break to expand the Cavalier lead to 40 points, 68-28. Kennedy and Haynes would each finish with 13 points.
Carroll County owned the glass after the first half, outrebounding the Blue Demons 53-37 for the game as four Cavaliers had at least seven rebounds each, led by Kennedy with 10. Lundy was one board shy of joining Kennedy with a double-double. Alderman led the Carroll defense with five steals.
Christiansburg.........6 8 8 9––31
Carroll County.......13 25 19 15––72
Christiansburg (1-14, 0-6)
Deibler 4 0-2 8, McCoy 1 0-2 2, Martin 1 0-0 2, Davis 2 0-2 4, Brown 3 0-1 6, Dowdy 1 3-4 5, Stallard 2 0-4 4, Sanchez 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 3-17 31.
Carroll County (12-2, 7-0)
Alderman 3 0-0 7, Lundy 5 3-8 14, Cain 4 0-0 10, Kennedy 4 4-7 13, Haynes 5 2-2 13, McMillian 1 2-2 4, Turman 2 0-0 4, Reece 3 1-1 7. Totals 27 12-20 72.
Three-point field goals – Christiansburg 0-7, Carroll County 6-25 (Cain 2, Alderman, Lundy Kennedy, Haynes). Rebounds – Christiansburg 37 (Stallard 7), Carroll County 53 (Kennedy 10). Turnovers – Christiansburg 20, Carroll County 12. Team fouls – Christiansburg 14, Carroll County 15. Fouled out – Turman. Technical fouls – none.
JV – Carroll County won.