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Carroll completes perfect run

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The Cavaliers locked up the No. 1 seed through district, region play with their 53-point win.

By LARRY CHAMBERS

Staff

HILLSVILLE – It’s not often that a team can go through a basketball season undefeated in the district but the Carroll County girls’ completed the feat to finish 12-0 in their first season in the Three Rivers District Wednesday night with a 77-24 victory over James River.

Carroll County coach Marc Motley was excited about the feat. “Winning first place means we will play all of our early playoff games at home,” Motley said with a big smile. The first one comes up next Monday night but he has no clue as to who he will play.

The Cavaliers were impressive in the blowout victory over the visiting Lady Knights.

Mariah Carter took command of the game early, scoring 15 of her 31 points in the first period.

Carter scored the first basket of the game to give the Cavaliers the early lead. Morgan Stevens hit a layup to tie the game at 2-2 for the Knights but Carroll County scored 25 unanswered points to take a staggering 27-2 first period lead.

The Cavaliers’ swarming defense was fired up early, forcing the Knights to commit numerous turnovers that produced easy baskets for the Cavaliers.

Carroll pushed the lead to 46-9 at halftime and 66-12 after the third period. Motley sent in his reserves to finish off the Knights in the fourth period.

James River took advantage of the situation and put 12 points on the board in the fourth period to finish the game on a respectable note.

Motley complimented his team for their excellent play against the Knights. “I don’t know how they do it but they are ready to play every night,” Motley said.

He said the fact that they would be playing their playoff games at home was “huge.”

“Our fan base is like a sixth man during the game,” Motley said.

The student section for the Cavaliers was rather loud for both games Wednesday night.

Nine players scored for the Cavaliers against the Knights with Carter leading the pack. Amy Jo Caviness contributed 18 points for Carroll County.

Lacey Lucado led the Knights with seven points.

––LARRY CHAMBERS


James River...........2   7   3  12––24

Carroll County......27 19 20 11––77


James River (2-18, 0-12)

Lak. Lucado 3, Hix 2, Lac. Lucado 7, Montgomery 1, Crawford 5, Davis 2, Stevens 4.

Carroll County (18-3, 12-0)

Dalton 6, Caviness 18, Gallimore 6, Robinson 8, Alley 2, Giles 2, Carter 31, Kennedy 2, Shockley 2.

 

Three-point field goals -- James River 2 (Lak. Lucado, Lac. Lucado), Carroll County 3 (Caviness 2, Carter).

JV -- Carroll County won.