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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 28 2010 Devils thump Twin Springs Sports Features Deacons roll by Rebs by Allen Gregory After a tough loss to Castle- wood on Tuesday the Deacons of Patrick Damron added another win to their ledger with an easy 71-28 victory over Ervinton at Clinchco on Friday The Deacons ran to an early and big lead on their way to the victory. They jumped to a big 26-7 first quarter lead and by half time they led 48-13. Then they took their foot off the pedal and coasted in the second half. Every Deacon that played scratched the scoring column and four of the Deacons hit double figures. SCORING: St. Paul---Edmonds 11, Ellis 5, Lawson 13, T. Hileman 2, Fritz 13, Phillips 16, Dupuie 7, D. Hileman 4. Ervinton--Breeding 2, Tur- ner 3, MeCowan 8, Cape, Rose 8, Milgrim 6, Lewis, Counts, Mullins, Yates. Devils outdefense Deacons by Allen Gregory A Blue Devil defense that held St. Paul to seven second half points was the big story in the Blue Devils 57-40 win at Castlewood on Tuesday, January .19. Defense was the key according to Blue Devil head man Wayne Rasnick. The Blue Devils didn't shoot well in the first half according to their coach. While the Blue Devils did not shoot ~,ell, the Deacons hita Lady Devils win by Allen Gregory Barry Ruff and his Lady Blue Devils continued to stay in the thick of the district fight with a close win 44-41 at Twin Springs on Friday. , Teams always get a battle when they play on the Titans court and Friday was no different. Plus they had to play minus the scoring punch of Nicole Counts because of an injury. The Devils were able to get the job done with balanced scoring, tough defense and extremely hard work on the lot of close in shots and hit several treys in the first half and jumped to a 33-21 halftime lead. Patrick Damron said his team became passive in the second half because of foul trouble. Several of his players made silly fouls in the opening half and early in the second hall To protect them he had to play "zone defense" much of the second half which led to getting into a passive style of play. While the Deacons struggled the Blue Devils' Ruben Rasnick, Justin Smith and Zach Bush turned up the pressure and began to get to the rim. They finished with 11, 18 and 12 respectively. That trio also controlled the boards on both ends of the floor as Bush and Rasnick were able to get several key put backs. SCORING: St. Paul-- Edmonds 7, Ellis 13, Lawson 6, Fritz 2, Phillips 4, T. Hileman, D. Hileman 8. Castlewood-- Smith 11, Rasnick 18, Puckett 5, Collins 1, Justice 7, Bush 12, Kennedy 3, Fields. Big upset for Lady Deacons by Allen Gregory It was an unusual game in Friday night, January 22 was a big night for St. Paul's Lady Deacons and their coach Seth Padgett as they got their first district win of the season. It was a big upset of the Lady Rebels of Ervinton by a score of 44-37. The Deacons, as they have usually done, jumped on top in the first quarter but were able to keep their poise and get the big win. many ways. First, the Deacons were able to beat a team ranked ahead of them. Moreover, just three players for the home team were able to scratch the scoring column, off a tough Deacon defense. SCORING: St. Paul-- Mullins, Evans 14, Arrington 8, Edmonds 16, Young 6, Wells, Bradley. Erviflton--Ka Hill, Hi Hill, Mullins, CH Hill 16, Rasnick 13, Bond 8. by Allen Gregory Castlewood's Blue Devils of Coach Wayne Rasnick got a stronger hold on first place in the Cumberland District with a 51-30 win at Twin Springs on Friday. It's never easy to defeat the Titans on their home floor. But the Devils have come up with their own special brand of defen- Deacons get by by Allen Gregory One night after losing to arch rival Castlewood, the Deacons fought off a lethargic start to get a 59-38 home court victory over John I. Burton on Wednesday, January 20. Joe Hunnicutt and Sawyer Turner led a second quarter charge that brought the Raiders to within two at 27-25 at halftime. After getting off to a quick start the Deacons hit a lull as they have done in several games this year. They could not control the ball and missed some easy shots. They had worked their way to a comfortable lead 18-10 at the close of the first quarter. In the second half after Knights roll by by Allen Gregory The Coeburn Blue Knights took sole possession of second place in the Cumberland Dis- trict with a 71-60 defeat of St. Paul at St. Paul on Saturday, January 23. The Deacons missed their first eight shots of the game and hit only six shots in the first half. By the end of the half, the Deacons were down 28-46. Early in the third quarter, the Deacons made a run at the visitors getting a basket from Trevor Hileman and two from Reid Edmonds and one from Corey Ellis. Ellis and Edmonds added free throws to their se that holds the leading scorers of teams to well below their average. They did this at Twin Springs when they held Kris Jordan and Jared Finch to 9 and 4 points respectively, both well below both players average. While holding both those players to below double digits in scoring, they had three of their own hit double figures in Raiders going to a zone they had to keep their big man from getting into the middle. The zone shut him down in the second half because Hunnicutt had just two points after half time. "We are young," head coach Aaron Williams, said, "but we will learn." Their youth showed in the second half when they turned the ball over eleven times in the second half. Many of the turnovers came at key times. SCORING: J.I. Burton-- Hunter 2, Maggard 2, Robinette 7, Hunnicutt 15, Turner 10, Farmer, Maaya, Miles 2. St. Paul--Ellis 6, T. Hileman 9, Edmonds 6, Phillips 16, D. Hileman 4, Lawson 7, Fritz 11, Dupuie. Deacons baskets and St. Paul trailed 31- 26 after a trey by Holden Burke. The Deacons could not continue the run as Burke hit a deuce and Phillip Riner a deuce and free throw to start another Knight run. After the game Knight Coach Larry Harris said it was a game of runs and the one in the third quarter was important. Harris added that when Riner and Andrew Pate got in foul trouble, Tyler Courtney and Ryan Porter came off the bench and played extremely well. (Continued on page 4) scoring. SCORING: Castlewood--Smith 11, Ras- nick 11, Justice I0, Bush 9, 2, Mullins, Jenkins, Collins ~ennedy Dingus, Fields 2, 5, Owens 1, Taylor. Twin Springs--Jardan 9, S Campbell, Sluss 5, Campbell 7, Finch 4, Wisor Smith 2, Strouth 2. Lady Knig ats down Lady Deacons ' by Allen Gregor~ Coeburn's Lady Blue ~nights kept their Cumberland District at perfect with a 48-30 win over St. Paul at the Deacon Den On Sat- urday, January 23. i, The visitors broke On top early and had a lead of 1/1-4 as the first quarter ended. The Deacons fou back with a strong defense and~ held Coeburn to two second ~uarter points. The Deacons put up n~ne in the second period and the teams were tied at 13 at the break.~ Those numbers aren't going to scare a lot of teams. Both teams found the bhsket a little more often in the lhird canto and Coeburn worked lheir way to a 27-25 lead at the end of that period. . I, Coeburn's experience and numbers began to pay off in ithe final canto as they hit some cl in shots and ran away to get win. Samantha Perry got the blg quarter started with two close ~n shots. L SCORING: Coeburn--~ Wyrick 6; Light 5, L. Lawson 8, Nixon, Perry 10, Cole 7, Tickle~ Johnson 2, Morgan 4, Iff, Lawson, Burke 6. St. Paul-- Evans 13, Arrington 4, Wells 11 Edmonds 2, Young, Mullins 'Bradley. t boards because the Titans get a lot of second chance points in all their games. SCORING: Castlewood-- Banner 7, Statzer 9, Jessee 16, McReynolds 2, Gilbert 10, Layton, Phillips. Twin Springs-- Campbell 15, Weddle 2, Criswell, McConnell 17, Devine 6, Powers 1. Lady Devils 42 Lady Deacons 37 by Allen Gregory As always when the Lady Deacons and Devils get together it turns into a battle royal. Tuesday night's affair at the Devil Den was no different. The ;blue team, in this battle, came out with the win by a score of 42-37. - For a good portion of the -game the Blue Devils had the upper'hand. But down the stretch .it turned into a battle royal. Through most of the first quarter and much of the second , quarter, it looked to be a cake walk for the home team. Near the end of the half the Deacons found a spark and began .to battle back and trailed 20-13 at the half. With the post players of each team, Haley Gilbert of Castle- wood and Hannah Edmonds of the Deacons, sporting double figures in scoring averages hav- ing off nights it fell to others to hit the scoring column. During the second half and late in the game the Deacons, behind. Aleah Wells and Rachel Evans, would get close. But every time the Deacons would get close, Leitha Statzer or Nicole Counts would get a key bucket for the Devils. Statzer was especially tough as she hit several key free throws to keep the lead in the hands of the Blue Devils. SCORING: St. Paul--Evans 8, Mullins, Arrington 4, Wells 13, Edmonds 8, Young 4, Bradley. -Castlewood--Banner 5, Counts ~12, Statzer 17, Jessee 2, Gilbert 6, McReynolds, Phillips. A VDOT Tip for Driving in Snowy Weather Do not use cruise control. You should maintain manual control over your car's speed during snow or zce. 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