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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 25, 2016 Page 7 Continued from page 6 first hall I thought we played really well," said Burton coach Aaron WilliamS. "I thought the second half was kinda a sloppy game for us. But, we knew Castlewood was going to play hard. They're going to play for 32. min- utes and never quit. Castlewood is going to live and die with the three point shot and tonight I thought we contested it pretty well and that's key." The second half ended in a 28-28 draw with Burton winning the third by a point and the Blue Devils taking the fourth by a point. The Raiders hit 7-8 free throws in the final 3:10 of play. Kennedy and Tyler Milgrim hit a pair of treys for Castlewood as time expired making the final score 66-45. Scores Castlewood (45) Kennedy 15, Statzer 7, Phillips 6, Justus 4, Milgrim 6, Turner 3, Baker 2, Cornett 2. J.I. Burton (66) Johnson 16, Collins 10, T. Adams 10, B. Adams 8, Tate 13, Williams 9. Eastside stops Twin Springs Twin~ Springs came out firing on all cylinders early in* Friday's second semifi- point surge by the Spartans that put Eastside in the lead 10-9. The Titans rebounded with 5 points by Ethan Damell and a basket by Matthews retaking the lead 16-12. A pair of scores by Cusano helped Eastside tie the score at 18 ending the first period. Following a Matthews jumper that got the Titans within 1, 23-22, Eastside turned a pair of defensive boards into a 7-1 run for a 30-23 lead. A jumper by Garrett Dougherty cut the lead to 30-27 but Eastside took advantage of a Titans tech- nical foul closing the half on an 11-0 run to lead 41- 27 at the half. "I thought our defense was a lot better in the sec- ond quarter, said Damron, and then obviously when the bail started going through the net we started scoring a little bit and that sorta helped our defense. I was really pleased with our rebounding, limiting offen- sive rebounds is key for US." The Spartans opened the third with a 6-0 run getting 4 points from Tim Counts. After a three point play by the Titans Thomas Sluss, Eastside reeled off a 14-2 run making the score 61- 32. Twin Springs bounced back with 5 in a row but the damage was done and Eastside didn't look back. Ethan Damell capped off his 17 point effort for the Titans scoring the first nal but Eastside weathered two jumpers of the final the storm booking an 83-42 quarter. Eastside closed the win. "It's kinda bitter game on a 15-0 run taking sweet, said Spartans coach the 83-42 win. Patrick Damron, you want to win the game but I hate to see coach McCrary go. He's a class act and always has been," Twin Springs hit on their first three scoring opportunities for a 6-0 lead. The Spartans came to life getting a layup from Luke Lawson. A three by Twin Springs Izaiah Matthews interrupted a 10 "I just told the kids, I said, boys don't blink, it will be gone," said Twin Springs coach John McCrary who closed his fifty year coaching career in Friday's semifinal. " We would have liked to have put on a better performance it being the last game I'm going to coach, at least in high school," said McCrary. "But Eastside is pretty good and they score with ease and we have to struggle to score. Our kids have come a long way this year. We had a terrible start to the season, a terrible pre- season with people hurt. We've got a couple of guys that are just leaming to play and now they're going to graduate. Eastside is good and Patrick's done with them and Cusano is an excellent player. Fifty years, yes its been a heck of a run. I was telling the kids when I came out of college I was going to go to law school. I was going to coach for the first semester, try to collect some money then go to law school. Then I turn around and it's been fifty years." Scores Twin Springs (42) Sluss 4, Dougherty 2, A. Hillman 5, Matthews 12, Damell 17, J. Hillman 2. Eastside (83) Ketron 15, Boles 9, Cusano 22, Lawson 4, Counts 11, Livingston 6, McReynolds 4, Rhoton 8, Lunsford 4. Lady Raiders are champs J.I. Burton grabbed 25 offensive rebounds and benefited from 32 Lady Spartans turnovers scoring 22 points on their way to a 52-36 win over Eastside and the Cumberland Conference Championship. The Lady Raiders will play a first round regional tour- nament game at home Tuesday. Eastside travels to Perry McClure Tuesday. Gracie Mullins led the Lady Raiders to the win scoring 13 points and Tierra Bates booked 11 points. Kaylee Jones paced Eastside with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Hannah Wyrick added 11 points. "It's a pride game," said Burton coach Jared Coffey. They know what we do and we know what they do. It's a game for Pride." Wyrick got Eastside on the board first in Saturday's championship tilt but the Lady Spartans would struggle throughout tO score. Rachel Mullins banked 6 points and Kemia Beaty and Brooklyn Bamette each had a pair of takeaways lifting Burton to a 12-6 lead ending the first period. Jones made the score 12-8 with a pair of free throws but the Lady Raiders countered with a 5- 0 run. Each time the Lady Spartans looked to break through Burton came up with a stop or forced anoth- er turnover. Scores by Jones and Wyrick cut the lead to 17-12. Gracie Mullins and Tia Bates cov- ered that and Sarah Mullins scored a three point play to end the half with Burton leadin g 24-13. Jones jumper put the Lady Spartans on the board first in the second half with 5:31 remaining. Both teams struggled from the field, but the Lady Raiders notched 7 to Eastside's 4 for a 31-17 lead. The Lady Spartans scored 7 points off Lady Raiders turnovers in the final stanza but a key 7-2 run by the Lady Raiders in the final 3 min- utes of play was enough to hold off Eastside for the 52-36 win. "That means 32 times you give the ball up," (without a shot) stated Ruff after the loss to J.I. Burton. It's the same press they've run against us twice. It's disappointing in a big game like this to be a 'no show' to get Out hustled in every facet of the game, its just disappointing.You want to be peeking in February and March and not going back to basics. This group has not been in this situation before and we're learning from it but in a do or die situation like Tuesday we have to have a short term memory of tonight and put it behind us." Scores Eastside (36) Wyrick 11, Moore 2, Jones 14, Mullins 1, Sykes 6, Still 2. Burton (52) Culbertson 3, R. Mullins 9, G, Mullins 13, Beaty 5, Bamette 1, Bates 11, Shepherd 6, S. Mullins 4. Counts' 3 clinches Cumberland Tim Counts three with 1:15 left in Saturday's Cumberland Championship game pushed Eastside in front and the Spartans held on for the 44-39 win over the J.I. Burton Raiders. "I thought it was an ugly game both ways, said Eastside coach Patrick Damron, I mean that because both teams played their tales off. It was an ugly game from an offen- sive stand point, but I can't say enough about the way we battled. It's nice to see us win a game where we had to grind it out." Derrick Cusano led all scorers with 21 and Counts ,chipped in 10 points for the Spartans. Nelson Tate notched a double double for the Raiders scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds. Austin Johnson added 8 points and 5 assists. Burton's Tra Adams broke the drought scoring a layup with 4:06 left in the first quarter. Brady Adams two gave the Raiders a 7-2 lead. Treys by Luke Lawson and Cusano madde the score 9-8 Burton going to the second period. Seth Boles gave the Spartans their first lead of the night dropping a three off a Burton turnover. Houston Thacker's three ball put the Raiders back in the lead 14-11. Eastside bounced back with a 6-0 run getting 4 from Cusano to take a 17- 14 lead. Cusano's three point play with an assist by Luke Lawson gave the Spartans a 24-18 halftime lead. Burton got scores from Outdoor recreation improving Southwest Virginia's economy Brady Adams, Johnson, Nick Collins and Tate in an 11-3 run opening the third quarter taking the lead back for the Raiders 29-27. The Spartans struck back with scores from Adarri Ketron,Counts and CusanO taking a 33-31 edge into the fourth quarter. The Spartans success- fully held the ball without a shot for just over a minute then Hunter Lunsford cashed in a drive for two. Lunsford executed the same move on the next possession and Eastside led 37-31. Johnson and Tra Adams stepped up big with three pointers tying the score at 37. Scores by Boles and Tate followed tying the score at 39. Tate was fouled on the tying bucket but missed the freebie. Cusano pulled the rebound and Eastside moved the ball into their half court set. Boles found Counts in the corner and the Eastside senior hit the biggest shot of his high school caree(. The Spartans denied the Raiders a good look at a shot. Twice the Raiders called a time out but could not get a good shot. Johnson put up a runner with 5 ticks left that felt wide. Cusano hit a pair of free throws to ice the win 44-39. "There were no surpris- es tonight," said Raiders coach Aaron Williams~ "Counts hit a tough shot, it was a long shot. They hit one more shot than we did, we just didn't shoot well enough to win the game. Even as badly as we shot it we still had a chance to win. We held a good team to 44 points and rebounded the ball pretty well in the second half." Scores Burton (39) Collins 2, Tate 10, Johnson 8, T. Adams 7, B. Adams 5, Thacker 5, Williams 2. Eastside (44) Cusano 21, Counts 10, Ketron ,4, Boles 5, Lunsford 4. -Spearhead Trails generate more than $6 million in private investment since 2013- With the long trending economic downturn in traditional Southwest Virginia indus-expansions being negotiated. tries like coal production, the Virginia Touri~sm Corporation (VTC) focuses on tourism MountainnCieff System (opened in June 2013) in St. Paul had more than $3 mil- develooment to help diversify the region s economy. Virginia s state tourism plan lion in private investment with a new restaurant and campground. 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