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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 25, 2016 Lady Devils Eastside with 28 points. Kelly Sykes collected 14 top Twin points and 9 rebounds and. Kaylee Jones chipped in 13 Springs points along with 8 rebounds. Vivian Roller Castlewood earned a paced the Lady Eagles with ~pot in the Cumberland 22 points and Lexie Conference semifinal with Rhoton added 15 points a 62-39 win over the Lady Titans Feb 16th at UVa Wise. Sydney Strange paced the Lady Devils with 14 points, Cassidy Fleming notched 13, and Sam ,Couch added 12 points. Abby Castle led the Lady ,T, itans with 13 points and Lenora Dingus chipped in 12 points. Threes by Castle and 2VIackenzie Warner staked the Lady Titans to an early (5-1 lead in the first period. Sam Couch tied the score at 6 with a jumper. Castle's second triple gave Twin Springs an 11-6 margin. The Lady Devils closed the period on a 10-2 run to take the lead 16-13 ending the "first quarter. The Lady -Titans tied the game at 16 scoring the first 3 points of the second frame. Castlewood would outscore Twin Springs 11-3 ~over the next 3:54 of the half, getting 5 points from Sam Couch and 4 from ~Strange, taking a 27-19 lead. and 5 assists. Back to back baskets by Grace Rhoton and Hannah Goins gave the Lady Eagles a slim 15-10 lead late in the first frame Wednesday, Jones nabbed a three point play in the final minute to make the score 15-13 with Rye Cove. The lead changed hands 4 tunes in the second period with the Lady Eagles forging a 7-0 run to lead 26-21 with a little over two minutes left in the half. A pair of layups by Sykes and Wyrick cut the half- time score down to 26-25 with Rye Cove in the lead. "We had a couple of steals off the press and Hannah (Wyrick) hit a cou- ple of threes and that's where the momentum picked up for us," said Eastside coach Barry Ruff. "I think that's when we started thinking we were going to play ball." Wyrick's layup off a pass from Sykes kicked off the third for the lady Spartans keying a 12-2 run. , Dingus' jumper put Abigail Roller converted a T~in Springs within fivejumper for the Lady ~aoints of Castlewood 3t- 2"6 opening the third peri- Od. Strange and McKinley Isaacs combined for 8 ,Lady Devils points in "Castlewood's 13-0 run through the next 3:35 that put the game away for the fifth seeded Lady Devils. Fleming and Isaacs totaled 12 of Castlewood's 16 fourth quarter points in the 62-39 win. Scores Twin Springs (39) Adams 3, Dingus 12, Duncan 4, Warner 7, Castle 13. Castlewood (62) Sh. Couch 4 (5 stls), Sa. Couch 1~ (5 ast), L. Couch 8 (12 rebs), Strange 14, Home 2, Fleming 13, Isaacs 9 (10 rebs, 8 blks). Devils oust : Rye Cove ' Castlewood booted Rye ,Cove from the Cumberland Conference Tournament, 80-47, in Tuesday's night cap at the Prior Convocation Center. Trey Phillips scored a .game high 20 points lead- ing the Blue Devils and Tyler Milgrim chipped in 1.5 points. All 11 Blue :Devils scored in the con- test. Ethan Hood led a trio of Eagles in double figures J'p with 13 points. Ethan ?Rhoton tallied 12 and Trey Pennington added 10 points for Rye Cove. ,, Castlewood got off to a quick start knocking down three 3 pointers in their first four field goals. Jake 'Justus and Clay Turner each scored 6 points for the .Devils, helping ,Castlewood to a 24-10 first _-quarter lead. The Devils -continued to fill it up in the !-second quarter. Milgrim :bagged 3 threes and :Phillips notched 8 points. ~astlewood led at the half 49-21. Rhoton tallied 6 of his :t2 points in the third but the Devils allowed just two other Eagles field goals in the third. Castlewood :'stretched their lead to 66- ~lto close the third. ~'phillips completed his 20 ,point effort with 5 in the final frame helping :Castlewood earn the meet- ing with J.I. Burton in Friday's semifinal. , Scores Rye Cove (47) -'I~Iensley 3, Pennington 10, 1-Iood 13, Carter 5, Rhoton 12, Hill 4. Castlewood (80) 1Vlilgrim 15, Mabry 2, LLong 1, Kennedy 8, -Strange 2, Statzer 4, Turner 9, Phillips 20, Justus 8, Baker 5, Cornett 6. Eagles. Sykes followed with a two for Eastside and Wyrick backed her up with 8 straight, including a pair of three pointers, that gave Eastside a 37-29 lead. The lady Eagles bounced back with a 9-2 surge getting 6 points from Vivian Roller cutting the Lady Spartan's lead to 39-37. Wyrick card- ed the final 5 points of the quarter giving Eastside a 44-37 margin. "We talk about winning the third quarter in every game," said Ruff, "and we came out and did that." Vivian Roller dropped in a long three with 5:04 left in the game cutting the Eastside lead to just 2, 48- 46. A pair of jumpers by Jones gave the Lady Spartans a 52-47 lead with 2:26 to play. Haley Mullins sent in a huge triple giving Eastside a 6 point lead with 2 minutes left in the game. Roller responded with 4 points for Rye Cove but Eastside closed the door hitting 7-10 free throws to lock up the 62-55 win. Scores Rye Cove (55) A. Roller 8, L. Rhoton 12, V. Roller 22, G. Rhoton 6, Sanders 2, Goins 5. Eastside (62) Mullins 6, King 1, Sykes 14, Wyrick 28, Jones 13. Big third lifts iiLady Spartans ~" Third quarter runs of 'I2-2, and 5-0 gave the /L dy Spartans just enough 7oom to get by Rye Cove's Lady Eagles 62-55 in their Cumberland Conference semifinal matchup. Hannah Wyrick led Lady Raiders knock out Castlewood J.I. Burton's 9-1 third quarter burst broke open a tight game sending them to a 57-49 senifmal win over the Lady Devils. Brooklyn Barnette post- ed 14 points for the Lady Raiders. Gracie Mullins totaled 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists in the win. McKinley Isaacs turned in 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 blocks in her final game for the Lady Devils and Sydney Strange chipped in 12 points. The Lady Raiders trailed 7-6 with 3:50 left in the In'st, but 5 Castlewood turnovers gave Burton 6 points in an 8-0 run and a 14-7 lead. Strange stopped the run with a three and an Isaacs basket made the score 17-12 Lady Raiders. Castlewood and the Lady Raiders matched score for score through most of ther second quarter. The'n, with 2:26 left in the half Strange canned a three with an assist by Sam Couch. Lauren Couch's jumper off a block by Isaacs tied the score at 31. A late free throw by Gracie Muliins gave Burton a 32-31 half- time lead. "We switched defenses at halftime and went back to a man to man," said Burton coach Jared Coffey. "We were in a zone in the first half and Castlewood did a good job of finding Strange. When they needed a bucket to match ours she hit it. I told our kids at half- time we're matching them score for score but we're not getting stops. We went back to playing man to man. I can hold them accountable if they have a man. Either you boxed out or you didn't, either you helped or you didn't. I thought we did a good job man to man." Barnette keyed the 9-1 third quarter run with a defensive rebound, sprint- ing to the offensive end in time to receive a pass from Gracie Mullins and nail a three pointer. Kacie Culbertson bagged 4 points in the run, and Gracie Mullins chipped in a two giving the Lady Raiders a 41-32 lead with 3:47 left. Isaacs gave Castlewood their first field goal of the half scoring a layup with 1:19 remaining. Shaakira Home added a jumper pulling the Lady Devils within 8 points 45-37 going to the fourth quarter. Castlewood got a jumper from Home and two free throws from Cassidy Fleming to pull within 4 points early in the final frame. The Lady Raiders responded with two each from Kemia Beaty, Culbertson, and Rachel Mullins to go ahead by 10, 41-31. Castlewood outscored the Lady Raiders 8-6 over the final 4:33 of the game getting threes from Sam Couch and Isaacs. But, Burton forced three crucial turnovers and the Lady Raiders hit three of four free throws down the stretch for the win. Scores Castlewood (49) Sh. Couch 3, Sa. Couch 3, L. Couch 6, Strange 12, Home 5, Fleming 4, Isaacs 16. J.I. Burton (57) Bates 2, R. Mullins 9, G. Mullins 12, Culbertson 8, Beaty Eastside players pictured with CumberlandConference Championship. trophies. L to R, kneeling, Drew Richards, Nick Livingston, Adam Ketron, Seth Boles, Luke Lawson. Standing, Texas Pridemore III, Colyn Sturgill, Blake Rhoton, Derrick Cusano, Tim Counts, Hunter Lunsford. Eastside's Kelly Sykes Culbertson. Bamette 14, S. Mullins 3. attempts a shot against Burton's Kacie Raiders defeat Blue Devils Senior point guard Austin Johnson turned in another solid game for J.I. Burton leading a quartet of Raiders in double figuers. Johnson scored 16 points shooting 47% from the field, pulled down 7 rebounds; and totaled 4 steals in 29 minutes of play. Nelson Tate tallied 13 points with 8 rebounds, Nick Collins chipped in 10 points with 14 rebounds, and Tra Adams also added 10 points. Kyle Kennedy paced Castlewood with 15 points and J.J. Statzer added 7 points along with 5 rebounds. Kennedy's jumper tied the score at 9 all late in the first period. The Raiders answered with 9 points from Johnson and Caleb Williams in a 9-3 run to end the frame with an 18- 12 lead. Williams scored three point play opening the second quarter. The Raiders posted a 12-2 run forcing three Blue Devils turnovers to gain a 30-14 lead. Statzer interrupted the Raiders onslaught with a triple: Burton tacked on 8 more before the half ended with the Raiders in control 38-17. "I was happy with the Continued on Page 7 Castlewood's Sam Couch scored on this lay up in the Lady Devils win over Twin Springs. Castlewood's Jake Justus #24 drives for a shot in Castlewood's semi-final against J.I. 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