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HILLSVILLE – Carroll County remained undefeated and number one in the district following a 49-46 girls’ win over Tazewell Friday night.
It wasn’t easy for the Cavaliers (6-5 overall, 4-0 district), though, having to hold off a stubborn Bulldog (2-7, 1-3) team looking for only its third win in the last seven games.
The Cavs opened the game up on a mission to put the Lady Dogs away early, outscoring them 16-7 in the first eight minutes.
Carroll’s Kayla Goins led the charge, scoring 10 of her 26 points in the first quarter alone. Goins also played a part in four of the other points, assisting both Cydnie Cornell and Kaitlan Viars.
It appeared the Lady Cavs had Tazewell’s number, but the Dogs weren’t ready to give up.
Carroll opened the second quarter up with a lay-up by Brittany Hill to go up by 11, but the Dogs would come roaring back.
Tazewell began its 18-6 run with three points the old-fashioned way. The Dogs’ Breanna Vencill drove to the lane and was fouled on her way up. Vencill sank the basket and headed to the line shooting one. The three-point play sparked Tazewell’s run over the final 7:04, putting the Dogs ahead 25-24 at the half.
The Lady Cavs again flexed their muscles to open the second half, outscoring the Dogs 9-4 during the first 3:10 to regain the lead.
After trading possessions – and points – the Dogs trailed by three with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter.
Heading into the final eight minutes, the Cavaliers led 40-34.
Tazewell wasted no time putting points on the board, outscoring Carroll 9-0 during the first 3:57, taking the lead 43-40.
The lead was short lived, when Carroll’s Cornell stopped short of the 3-point line and nailed a trey to even the score with under four minutes to play.
The basket was the Cavs’ first of the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing play, Tazewell’s Katelyn Mitchell missed a long 2-pointer, giving control back to the Cavs.
Audrey Dickens drove into the lane and was fouled, sending her to the charity stripe for two.
Dickens sank both shots and put the Cavs up 45-43 with 3:21 to play in the game.
The Dogs responded when Vencill was left wide open near the 3-point line and sank a fade-away 2-pointer to even the score again.
After a Carroll turnover, the Dogs moved downcourt before Mitchell was fouled.
Mitchell made the first free throw, but missed the second to give Tazewell a one-point lead with 1:45 to play.
After both teams turned the ball over, Carroll’s Mary Alden Jones managed a steal and was fouled as she took her shot.
Jones went to the line shooting two, with the Cavaliers behind by one and 45 seconds remaining on the clock.
The first shot hit the rim and appeared to be bouncing out, before dropping through the net. The crowd went crazy as the Cavaliers tied the game again.
On the Dogs’ next possession, a bad pass turned the ball over and Carroll quickly got the ball to Goins.
Tazewell fouled Goins and sent her to the line shooting two.
She missed the first shot, but sank the second, putting the Cavs up by one with 35 ticks left on the clock.
The Dogs’ Kia Thorpe couldn’t sink a basket and gave the ball back to the Lady Cavs.
Viars was fouled and went to the free throw line. She sank both and put Carroll up by three with 26 seconds on the clock.
Tazewell ran out the clock, attempting one last second toss towards the net, but Vencill’s shot fell short, giving the Cavs a 49-46 win.
Goins led the way for the Cavs with 26 points, followed by Viars and Dickens with six points each.
The Dogs were led in scoring by Kelsey Sutherland who had 16 points and Mitchell with 13.
Tazewell 7 18 9 12––46
Carroll County 16 8 13 12––49
Tazewell (3-7, 1-3)
Sutherland 16, Mitchell 13, Muncy 6, Vencill 5, Barton 2, Cecil 2, Sparks 2.
Carroll County (6-5, 4-0)
Goins 26, Dickens 6, Viars 6, Cornell 5, Neely 3, Hill 2, Jones 1.
Three-point field goals – Tazewell 2 (Mitchell 2), Carroll County 3 (Goins 2, Cornell).