Defending state champs knock off Carroll County

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Floyd County used a 14-0 first-half run to roll past Carroll County, 80-67.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

HILLSVILLE – Floyd County’s defense allowed only six points in the opening eight minutes of the game Monday night en route to an 80-67 non-district win over Carroll County.

The Cavaliers (3-2) managed to keep the game close for the first 3:49 when Kayla Goins made a beautiful pass to Audrey Dickens, who drove to the lane and tied the score at 6-6 with 4:11 to play in the first quarter.

From there things got ugly quickly as the Buffaloes (9-1) blanked the Cavaliers for the remainder of the quarter during a 14-0 run.

Floyd led 20-6 at the end of the first eight minutes.

The second quarter opened with Dickens hitting a long 2-pointer to close the gap to 12. Floyd’s Alisha Gray answered quickly with a lay-up, putting the Buffaloes up by 14 with 6:32 remaining in the second quarter.

Carroll managed a 6-0 run with scores by Mary Alden Jones and Kaitlan Viars to pull within eight points at the 3:40 mark.

Floyd responded immediately with a long 3-pointer from Kayla Hartman. On the inbound, Hartman intercepted the pass and quickly put up another two points.

After a Carroll turnover, Hartman again drove into the lane before stopping short and nailing a long two, putting the Buffaloes back up by 15 with 2:15 left in the half.

Both teams traded possessions – and points – before finishing the half with Floyd leading 36-21. The Cavaliers were only outscored by one point in the second quarter.

The second half started off horribly for the Cavaliers, who missed three straight shots during an 8-0 Floyd run in the first 1:25.

Viars put the first Cavalier points on the board at the 6:16 mark, pulling the Cavs within 21 again. During the final 6 minutes of the third quarter, the Cavs managed to outscore the Buffaloes 24-12 to cut the lead to 11 heading into the final eight minutes.

Floyd County wasted no time ruining any chance of a Cavalier comeback, opening the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run during the first 2:07. The Cavaliers missed on five straight possessions and trailed 66-45 with 5:53 remaining in the game.

Carroll never quit though and managed to pull within 13 by the game’s final whistle.

Floyd’s Brittany Avancini led the way in scoring with 19 points, followed by Gray with 18. The Buffaloes only shot 50 percent from the field, but managed to hit all the ones that counted.

Carroll’s scoring was led by Goins with 21 points – all in the second half – and Dalton scored 16.

Floyd County 20 16 20 24––80

Carroll County 6 15 24 22––67

Floyd County (9-1)

Avancini 19, Ingram 2, Gray 18, Phillips 8, Miller 2, Borne 6, Hartman 11, Quesenberry 4, Bolt 10.

Carroll County (3-2)

Dalton 18, Jones 6, Goins 21, Neely 3, Dickens 6, Ayers 1, Viars 12.

Three-point field goals – Floyd County 4 (Avancini 3, Hartman), Carroll County 4 (Dalton 2, Goins, Dickens).

JV – Carroll County 39-31.