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Dalton powers Carroll to win

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Shyann Dalton scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Cavs downed Radford 47-27.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

RADFORD –– Shooting just five percent from the 3-point line doesn’t hurt so badly when there’s an unstoppable force in the middle.

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Carroll County hit just one of its 18 3-point attempts but leaned on Shyann Dalton’s 20 points and 12 rebounds to power the Cavaliers past defending Group A Division 2 state champion Radford in a 47-27 nondistrict win Monday night.

Nobody on Radford’s roster had the size to challenge Dalton, and the 6-foot-1 senior center hit three field goals in the first three minutes of each of the first two quarters, nearly outscoring the Bobcats by herself in the first half as Carroll County took a 26-13 lead into the break.

Dalton’s personal 6-0 run to start the game gave Carroll County (10-3) the lead for good. Radford (4-9), which lost heavily from last year’s state title team, misfired on its first nine field goal attempts and was just 1-of-12 from the floor in the first quarter.

The Bobcats did connect on their first two shots in the second period and quickly cut a 10-3 Cavalier lead to 10-7, but Carroll County answered with a 16-2 run starting with a Taylor Martin drive followed by three Dalton baskets from the paint.

Rachel Dalton knocked down the Cavaliers’ only 3-pointer of the night late in the run as Carroll stretched its lead to 26-9.

“Right now I don’t think that we’re playing with intensity on a consistent basis,” Carroll County coach Marc Motley said. “We’re winning, but I don’t know that we’re playing exactly the way I want us to be playing right now.”

Carroll County only managed to hit one of its 12 floor attempts in the third period and Radford was able to pull to within eight points when Hannah-Kait Facemire’s driving basket cut the gap to 29-21 with 3:32 left in the third. The Cavaliers answered by going on a quick 5-0 run, with Lindsay Martin going 5-of-6 from the foul line, to pull back out to a 35-23 lead to start the fourth quarter.

Facemire’s basket would be the Bobcats’ only field goal for more than eight minutes as Carroll County opened the fourth quarter with 10 straight points, including two Shyann Dalton stickbacks and transition scores from Lindsay Martin and Cassidi McCann. Shyann Dalton converted a Lindsay Martin feed for a 45-23 lead before Radford ended its dry spell with a Kate Little bucket with 3:30 to play.

“I thought our intensity was a lot better toward the end of the third quarter, start of the fourth quarter,” Motley said.

Dalton’s 20 points were a season high. She was the only double-digit scorer for either team. The Cavaliers did force 29 turnovers, including 19 steals, led by Taylor Martin and Lindsay Martin with four each.

 

Carroll County......10  16    9  12––47

Radford...................3  10  10    4––27

 

Carroll County (10-3)

Alderman 0 0-0 0, Hiatt 1 0-0 2, R.Dalton 2 0-0 5, Caldwell 0 0-0 0, T.Martin 2 2-4 6, Hash 0 3-4 3, Guynn 0 0-0 0, McCann 1 0-0 2, L.Martin 0 7-8 7, Sellers 0 2-4 2, Willard 0 0-1 0, S.Dalton 10 0-0 20. Totals 16 14-21 47.

Radford (4-9)

Mitchell 1 2-2 4, Carper 1 0-0 2, Facemire 2 3-4 7, Hines 0 0-0 0, Little 2 0-0 4, Marshall 1 0-0 2, Nolan 0 0-0 0, Harvey 2 0-0 4, Carter 0 0-0 0, Kleppin 0 0-0 0, Penn 1 2-2 4. Totals 10 7-8 27.

 

Three-point field goals – Carroll County 1-18 (R.Dalton), Radford 0-5. Rebounds – Carroll County 40 (S.Dalton 13), Radford 39 (Harvey 11). Turnovers – Carroll County 13, Radford 29. Team fouls – Carroll County 12, Radford 13. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.

JV – Carroll County won.