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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Sports Features Raiders Grab Title Experience matters, especially in big games, and J.I. Burton used the experience of last years final four effort throughout their run to the 2014 Cumberland Conference tournament championship. The Raiders moved in front of Castlewood early in the second period and used solid defense throughout taking the win 61-45. Burton led 9-7 after a tight first period but a lay up by Ervin Beaty and a threepoint play by Alex Keys gave the Raiders the lead for good. Brad Traverse notched back to back baskets in the final 2 minutes of the half for Castlewood but Tra Adams' three pointer to end the half set J.I. Burton in front 26-18. The Raiders got 8 points from Alex Keys in the third period, and led 42-32 at the end of the third quarter, holding off a short Blue Devil rally. Burton struggled from the charity strip in the first half hit- .ting on just 4 of 14 but the experience of last years run to the Final Four paid big dividends in the closing frame. Forced to foul in an effort to come back the Blue Devils sent the Raiders to the line 9 times in the quarter and Burton respond- ed dropping 16-18. Austin Johnson (7-8), Beaty (6-6), and Kelly Thompson (3-4) secured the Championship for the Raiders. J.I. Burton will play a road game Tuesday evening in game 1 of regional play. Scores: J.I. Burton- Beaty 18 (10 rebounds), Keys 18, Johnson 13, Van Ness 6, Adams 5, Thompson 3. Castlewood- Traverse 16, Austin 14, Stallard 3, Moore 8, Purcell 4. Big Steal Saves Devils Dillon Trent hit the front of a one and bonus with 6.8 to go in the game, giving Castlewood a 3 point lead. Then, Tyler Austin made the steal that denied Clintwood a wide open look to tie the score saving the 54-51 win for the Devils in game one of the Conference 48 playoff. Austin's runner gave Castlewood a 5-4 lead and the Devils hit 6 of their first 10 shots grabbing a quick 15-7 lead midway through the funs/quarter. A Dakota zel block of a Nathaniel Mullins shot gave Collin Moore a triple and the Devils a 21-11 margin. Tanner Dingus' jumper closed the first period with Castlewood up 21-13. The Greenwave answered the challenge opening the sec- ond period with a drive to the rim, Nate Mullins taking the hit and dropping a pair at the line. Moments later Isaac Rasnick drew another foul converting the pair of freebies. Trent hit a base line two to keep the Devils in front but Clintwood stayed aggressive. Dalton Dahley's drive and kick out found Austin Reynolds waiting on the wing for the open three pointer cutting Castlewood's lead to 5 points. Trent's free throw put the Devils back upby 5 as the clock ran under 15 seconds in the half. The Greenwave raced up court with Dahley launching a three with 4 seconds left, Mullins grabbed the rebound and dropped the put back as the half ended with Castlewood leading 31-28. Tyler Austin pushed Castlewood's lead to 5 with a pair of free throws but Reynolds answered with a 2 and Boggs tied the game at 33 with a triple from the top of the key. George Saado's two gave Clintwood a short lived lead but Castlewood's Moore canned a big deuce and Austin's lay up set the off a steal by Brad Traverse set the Devils back in front. Scores by Moore and Trent made the Blue Devil lead 44-38 heading to the final 8 minutes. A Scores By Dahley and free throws by Reynolds cut the Devils margin to just two but Austin's fourth triple made the score 49-42 with just over 5 minutes to play. Dahley scored twice off Castlewood turnovers and again with a put back. Chris Purcell's free throws kept the Devils in front with 00:48 left in the game. Austin Turner knotted the game at 51 with a 15 footer with 12 seconds to go. Austin drew a foul and hit the one and bonus for the Devils. Clintwood fouled Trent Who hit the front of the one and one giving the Devils a three poirit lead. The Greenwave rushed the bali up the court, Reynolds looked to receive the pass but Austin stole the ball saving the win for Castlewood. Scores: Clintwood - Saado 2, C. Mullins 2, Rasnick 4, N. Mullins 6, Dahley 13, A. Reynolds 11, A. Turner 7, Boggs 7. Castlewood - Grizzel 2, Purcell 2, Traverse 3, Moore 9, Trent 14, Austin 24. Lady Devils Cruise Castlewood got a game high 14 points from Haley Crabtree and 10 by Emily Higgins in a 73-30 round one beat- ing of Twin Springs in the Cumberland Conference Tournament. Crabtree sank her opening triple and the Devils dashed to a 9-2 lead. Castlewood forced 4 tumovers in the quarter and Caiflyn Fleming's bucket gave Castlewood a 17- 9 lead after the first period. The Lady Devils, playing their 4th game in as many days, kept the pedal to the floor in the second period allowing the Lady Titans only 4 points and one field goal while scoring 18 in the frame. Crabtree tossed in 6 in the period and the Devils forced three more turnovers. Ten of the twelve lady Devils got into the scoring colunm in the contest and the Devils collected 50 rebounds. Jasmine McCloud paced Twin Springs with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Rykiela Street tallied 7 points and 7 boards. Scores: TSHS-Hazlett 4, McCloud 10, Bond 6, Dingus 3, Street 7. CHS-Crabtree 14, Puttee 4, Fleming 6, Isaacs 6, Couch 5, Hubbard 8, Kennedy 9, Elam 3, Scarberry 8, Higgins 10. Lady Devils Earn Day Off The Castlewood Lady Devils completed their 5 day 5 game journey with a 66-53 win over the Lady Spartans of Eastside Wednesday night at the Prior Convocation Center at U. Va. Wise. The semi-final victory sends Castlewood to the regional tournament vs. Honaker, Tuesday at Honaker. The only blemish on the 5 day series was a 1 point loss to rival Clintwood in a tie breaker for the top seed to the regional. Eastside started hot with scores by Erin Stanley, Kaylee  Jones, and Madison Powers taking an early lead at 8-3. Emily Higgins swiped a pass and found Caitlyn Fleming for a deuce sparking a 10-4 run to end the first. Stanley opened BOYS AND GIRLS ACTION .., Action from boys Castlewood - Clintwood game, above, and, below, girls Eastside - Castlewood game, both played at UVa-Wise last week. the secondperiod completing a three point play for Eastside. Higgins rponded for Castlewood stealing the dribble at mid court md streaking in for the lay up. Another Devil's reserve chilaed in when Sydney Elam drained her first of two triples in the quarter. Jones and Stanley kept the lady Spartans close each knocking down a one and bonus but the lady Devils would not be denied this evening. Junior guard Kacie Jessee followed up with 6 in the quarter, hitting 4-4 at the charity stripe, swiping an Eastside pass sending it ahead to McKinley Isaacs for 2 more. Isaacs and Jones traded scores as the half ended with Castlewood in front 38-26. Stanley carded 6 more in the third and Eastside tallied scores from Keely Atwood and Deja Stallard but Devils coach Barry Ruff continued to push the fight buttons. Korey Purtee now at the point guard position dropped a pair of triples and Lexie Kennedy came off the bench con- tributing 5 of 5 at the free throw line. "The biggest key to me is the free throw line," said Ruff. "We made 26 free throws tonight out of 38. That's why we lost on Monday and why we won tonight." The Devils led 55-41 ending the period. Stanley popped in 4 more for the lady Spartans and Jones hit 2 and added a free throw as Eastside whittled at the Devil's lead. But Jessee showed up large again for Castlewood draining the only field goal in the period, a three, and gathering up 2 of her team high 9 rebounds. Jessee grabbed her final rebound of the game at the offensive end of the floor tossing it out to Kennedy who was fouled attempting a three. Kennedy drained all three as the lady Devils secured their spot in Tuesday's regional tournament. "I'm worn out," said Jessee, "but it feels good." Scores: EHS 53 - Blackburn 2, Stallard 5(7 rebounds), Atwood 2, Bright 2, Jones 14(9 rebounds), Dean 6, Powers 3, Stanley 19. CHS 66 - Higgins 4, Elam 11, Kennedy 11, Couch 1, Isaacs 11, Fleming 5(8 rebounds), Jessee 13(9 rebounds), Puttee 10. Devils Survive Advance "Its all about survive and advance"; said first year Castlewo0d head coach Mark Dockery. "We played as well tonight as we have all year", Dockery said of his teams 75- 69 upset win of the Cumberland's regular season champion Eastside. The Devils overcame a Spartan rally that left them down by three early in the final period with some key rebounding by Brad Traverse and Dakota Grizzel and 7 huge points from wing Collin Moore. Castlewood caught fire taking a 9-4 lead early in the "must win" game, led by the senior duo of Tyler Austin and Dylan Trent. Eastside countered with back to back scores by Ryan Milgrim and Derrick Cusano but an offensive rebound by Grizzel gave Austin a look at his second triple of the quar- ter and Castlewood closed with a rally to end the period lead- ing 17-12. The Devils continued their barrage of the nets in stanza two, Mocre tossed in a 17 footer for two and after Trent lay up Mooe tallied again from beyond 15 feet. Eastside responded getting four points in the paint from Wes Yeary and a triple from Cusano. But the Spartans could not cool off the hot shooting Devils. Austin canned a pair of three's and Moore dropped in 6 more as the half ended with Castlewood leading 39-30. Every championship caliber team has at least one good rally every game, and Eastside's came as the third quarter began. Ryan Milgrim tossed in a deuce off a pass from Ben Yates and connected moments later getting a three point play. LIFETIME METAL ROOFING l O0% Fi:nana'ng ./" Free Estimate . " Free Roof Inspection Austin picked off a wayward Spartan and raced in for the lay up. Matt Green answered with a theft of his own scor- ing on a return pass for his first of two three pointers in the Eastside rally. Castlewood got two by Traverse and z" three from Trent but Eastside caught the Devils and the lead with Green's next trey. A Cusan0 bucket put the Spartans in front by three late in the third. Milgrim added two more as lime faded in the third but Traverse late two made the score 51-50 Eastside. Both teams hit big shots in the final 8 minutes but none was bigger than a 6 foot baseline jumper with 2:26 to play by the Blue Devils Grizzel, his only points of the night, (2 blocks 8 rebounds) giving Castlewood the lead for good. The Devils put the ball in Austin's hands and the sen- ior point guard took care of business. Austin dropped in 3-4 at the line and handed out 2 assists while dribbling away 1:54 seconds of the clock. The win sent Castlewood to the conference final and a shot at the west region 1A tournament. Eastside will host a first round game Tuesday evening. Scores: EHS - Milgrirn 21, Yates 5, Cusano 14 (9 rebounds), Yeary 10 (16 rebounds), Green 11, A. Buchanan 4, Counts 4. CHS - Grizzel 2 (8 rebounds), Traverse 10 (8 rebounds, Austin 28, Trent 13, Moore 19, Stallard 1, Comett 2. Lady Wave Rally for Title With 10.6 seconds left to play Clintwood grabbed their first lead of the night since taking a 4-3 lead with only 38 sec- onds gone in the first period. Kayla MuUins wide open game winning triple sent the Lady Wave home as Conference 48 champions, breaking a 52 all tie, snatching the game away from a dejected Castlewood squad that had conlrolled the game for 31 min- utes. Kacie Jessee got the lady Devils on the board first with a trey from the key. Then, following scores by Clintwood's Taylor Fleming and Katlin Phillips, Castlewood regained the lead they would hold for the next 30 minutes. A Sydney Elam three and a McKinley Isaacs deuce book ended a Phillips foul line jumper. The Castlewood lead would grow to 5 in the quarter but a pair of Taylor Fleming put backs got the Lady Wave within 1,15-14 to end the first. Clintwood's Samantha Stanley and Jessee traded three pointers and Taylor Fleming dropped 4 points in the second quarter but the Lady Devils pushed ahead of Clintwood at the foul line. Castlewood sank 9-10 in a 2:25 second span in which they allowed only a single basket to the Lady Wave. The Lady Devils carried a 32-28 lead to the break. Caitlyn Fleming opened the second half scoring 2 with a pass from Korey Purtee. But Clintwood would match each Lady Devils score with 3 in the period. Mullins covered Fleming's two with a wing triple, Emily Artrip's 3-ball matched a pair of free throws by Isaacs, and Flemings sec- ond lay up was answered by a three point play from Samantha Stevens. Mullins final 12 footer got the Lady Wave within 1 at 40- 39 going into the fourth. Scores by Isaacs and Fleming gave the Devils a 5 point lead with just under 5 left in the game and control firmly in Castlewood's grasp. With Fleming's lay up from Jessee at the 1:22 mark the Lady Devils led 52-48. Castlewood rebound- ed a Lady Wave miss and tumed up court but a Stanley steal found Ivy Gulley open for three and the Clintwood point guard made her only field goal of the game count dropping Castlewood's lead to 1 with 1:02 left in the game. 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