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Hot-shooting Cavs advance

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Carroll County went 9-of-15 from the arc and trounced Magna Vista by 42 points.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– Like any good team will do, Carroll County’s shooters were taking what the opposing defense was giving them.

Magna Vista was in a giving mood.

The Cavaliers shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, including a blistering 9-of-15 from 3-point range, and trounced the Warriors 71-29 in the Region IV Division 4 quarterfinals Tuesday.

The win was Carroll’s 20th against four losses and advanced the Cavaliers to the region semifinals last night (Thursday) at home against Bassett, a 48-42 winner over Christiansburg. Hidden Valley met Salem in the other semifinal. The winners of both semifinal games advance to the state tournament after meeting for the region title tonight.

“Early in the game we got Shy about three layups down low,” Motley said of center Shyann Dalton. “You can’t guard her one-on-one. You’ve got to have help and that leaves somebody open. We played them earlier in the year and we kind of knew we’d get some open looks, we just didn’t know whether we’d knock them down or not. But whoever shot it was hitting. I hope we didn’t burn them all up at once tonight.”

Carroll County never trailed after Rachel Dalton swished two early 3-pointers, including a 24-footer for an 8-2 lead less than four minutes in. Michala Hash ended the period with another trey for a 15-7 Cavalier lead.

Carroll County’s points came in bunches in the second quarter. Lindsay Martin hit from behind the arc, Shyann Dalton and Taylor Martin each converted old-fashioned three-point plays and Crysta Guynn connected from long range as the lead blossomed to 33-7.

Megan Alderman beat the halftime horn with a drive to the bucket as Carroll took a 30-point lead into the break, up 41-11.

After an early spate of turnovers and missed chip shots the Cavaliers settled in and shot 55 percent in the first half (16-of-29), including 6-of-10 on 3-pointers, and turned the ball over just once in the second period.

The Carroll County lead topped 40 points, 58-17, with Hayden Caldwell’s putback a minute before the end of the third, and Brittany Willard scored six fourth-quarter points for Carroll.

Hash led three Cavaliers in double figures with 14 points. Lindsay Martin scored 13 and Guynn added 10. Caldwell and Alderman grabbed six boards apiece.

Brandi Warner scored a team-high 10 for Magna Vista, which was held to 11-of-57 shooting from the floor.

“We held them to 11 in the first half, and we went to some zone in the second half, but we did a good job of keeping their best players from getting easy shots,” said Motley. “The shots they did make were either jumpshots or came off of turnovers.”

 

Magna Vista.............7    4    9    9––29

Carroll County......15  26  19  11––71

 

Magna Vista (7-13)

Johnson 0 0-1 0, Pritchett 0 0-0 0, Taylor 2 0-2 4, Warner 3 4-6 10, B.Hairston 0 1-2 1, Hightower 1 0-0 2, J.Hairston 0 0-0 0, Wilson 2 1-2 5, Dillard 1 0-0 3, T.Hairston 0 0-0 0, Nolen 1 0-1 2, M.Hairston 1 0-0 2, Thompson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-14 29

Carroll County (20-4)

Alderman 1 0-2 2, Hiatt 0 0-0 0, R.Dalton 2 0-0 6, T.Martin 2 2-5 6, Hash 5 2-2 14, Guynn 4 0-0 10, McCann 0 0-0 0, L.Martin 4 2-3 13, Sellers 1 0-2 2, Willard 3 0-1 6, S.Dalton 3 1-1 7. Totals 27 8-18 71.

 

Three-point field goals – Magna Vista 1-3 (Dillard), Carroll County 9-15 (L.Martin 3, R.Dalton 2, Hash 2, Guynn 2). Rebounds – Magna Vista 36 (Warner, Wilson 5), Carroll County 49 (Alderman, Caldwell 6). Turnovers – Magna Vista 13, Carroll County 15. Team fouls – Magna Vista 17, Carroll County 12. Fouled out – Warner. Technical fouls – none.