Motley SWD’s top coach; Goins first-team

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Fifth award in last seven years for Cavalier coach.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 Carroll County girls’ basketball coach Marc Motley was named the Southwest District coach of the year and Kayla Goins led a list of seven Cavaliers named either first- or second-team or honorable mention on the all-SWD basketball team.

Motley picked up the league’s top coaching honor for the fifth time in the last seven seasons after guiding the Cavaliers to a 19-5 record, Southwest District regular season and tournament championships, a Region IV runner-up finish and a spot in the Group AA tournament. Goins was somehow passed over for the SWD’s player of the year award for the second straight year, but was a first-team pick for the third time. The third-leading scorer in Carroll County history and only the third Cavalier girl to top 1,000 career points, Goins finished her senior season averaging 15.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, dishing 3.3 assists and coming up with an astonishing 5.1 steals per outing. The senior guard/forward shot 46.7 percent from the floor, including 33.9 percent from 3-point range, and was a 72.3-percent shooter from the foul line. She was joined on the first team by Abingdon’s Lauren Wilson, Marion’s Brooke Henderson, Megan Robinson of Richlands, Tazewell’s Kelsey Sutherland and Graham’s Chelsea Gallinger. Gallinger was named the league MVP. Goins was also honored as one of the top five players in Region IV, earning first-team all-region status along with Patrick County’s Kylene Culler, Hidden Valley’s Kayla Osborne, Julia Scales of Bassett and Gallinger. Culler was the Region IV player of the year. Bassett’s Melissa Blair (Division 4) and Patrick County’s Glen Burnett (Division 3) were named the top coaches. A pair of sophomores made second-team all-district for the Cavaliers. Lindsey Martin averaged 10.0 points and 2.8 steals per game for Carroll County and was a 38-percent shooter from long range, while Rachel Dalton scored 7.2 points per game, handed out 2.0 assists and shot 41.8 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from 3-point range. Making the honorable mention list for the Cavaliers were Cydnie Cornell, Audrey Dickens, Maleah Neely and Kaitlin Viars.   2009-10 all-Southwest District girls’ basketball team

First team Lauren Wilson, sr., Abingdon; Kayla Goins, sr., Carroll County; Chelsea Gallinger, sr., Graham; Brooke Henderson, soph., Marion; Megan Robinson, jr., Richlands; Kelsey Sutherland, sr., Tazewell.

Player of the year Chelsea Gallinger, Graham Coach of the year Marc Motley, Carroll County

Second team Lindsey Martin, soph., Carroll County; Rachel Dalton, soph, Carroll County; Kelli Landreth, sr., Graham; Hanna Stiltner, soph., Grundy; Cassie Ringstaff, Richlands.

Honorable mention Abingdon – Logan Viers. Carroll County – Cydnie Cornell, Audrey Dickens, Maleah Neely, Kaitlin Viars. Graham – Maegan Henry, Mariah Lampert. Grundy – Savannah Charles, Samantha Owen, Lori Webb. Marion – Miranda HAyden. Richlands – Rachel Alley, Cassidy Richardson, Evan Ferrell, Rani Ratcliff. Tazewell – Keisha Barton, Iesha Mountain, Katelyn Mitchell, Amber Sparks, Molly Thompson.