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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 18, 2014 i Sports Features Central's Rion Caldwell scores this layup in the final of the Virginia High Tip Off Classic. Central defeated Castlewood 72-32. Lady Devils Runners-Up The Lady Devils knocked off Union's Lady Bears 60-40, and got a big win over county rival Lebanon 67-49 this past weekend, before losing the final contest of the Virginia Tip off Classic 72-32 to the defending Group AA State Champion Central Lady Warriors. Castlewood scored 10 quick points to take an early led in the first period of their quarterfinal game against Union. The Lady Devils led 15-6 at the quar- ter and 36-18 at the half and never looked back using their pressure and bench well. Sydney Elam led the Lady Devils with 9 points in the game and 13 'of the 14 players scored for Castlewood. Emily Higgins totaled 5 points 5 assists and three steals and Caitlyn Fleming added 8 points and 7 rebounds. The lady Devils finished the game with a 15 point 4th quarter for the 60-40 win over Union. The Lady Devils scored their first win over Lebanon in several years Friday night in the tourney semi-final. Castlewood again took the early lead but it was a 15-0 run early in the second quarter that gave them breathing room. The Lady Pioneers moved within two points, 14-12, when Sarah Stanley sank a three pointer. The Lady Devils picked up the pres- sure and used their defense to spark the run which held Lebanon scoreless for 5 minutes. Kacie Jessee fell only three assists shy of a triple double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 10 boards, and handing out 7 assists on the night. She also had out- standing defensive game holding Lebanon's newest 1,000 point club, member Hannah Cox, to 9 points before Jessee left the game in the 4th period. Castlewood's McKinley Isaacs led all scores with 2i on the night sending the Lady Devils to their first ever Tip-Off Classic Final. The defending State Champs were ready from the jump in Saturday's championship, pressuring the Lady Devils all over the court forcing 32 turnovers in the game. The Lady Warriors stout defense rewarded them with an 11-0 lead begin- ning the game, scoring 8 points from 5 Castlewood turnovers. JMU bound Logan Reynolds tallied 6 of her i 1 points in the first period and sophomore Annie Church tallied 10. The Lady Warriors led 20- 6 after the first quarter and ended any chance of a Castlewood comeback col- lecting 6 steals in the sec- ond period on their way to a 36-13 lead at the half. " I don't want to take anything away from our first 4 games(4-0) but we were just outmatched tonight," said Castlewood coach Barry Ruff. "Everything that counts in a game they were better at it. than us." "But the good thing, said Ruff, is that the season is still young and there's plenty of time for improvement." Central held the Lady Devils to a season low 23% shooting on 10 of 43 shots, also a season low in shots attempted for Castlewood. McKinley Isaacs paced the Lady Devils with 9 points and 8 rebounds, Caitlyn h'leming totaled 7 points and 7 rebounds. Church led all scorers with 21 points for the Lady Warriors, Reynolds tossed in 11 points to go along with 6 steals and 2 assists. Sophie Mullins tallied 12 points and 8 rebounds for Central. Scoring : Union (40)- Morgan 2, McKinney 5, Bishop 17, Webb 7, Homer 4, Chester 2, Bartee 3. Castlewood (60)- Higgins 5, Elam 9, Jessee 4, Fleming 8, Isaacs 6, Sh Couch 6, Purtee 2, Sa Couch 3, Strange 3, Hubbard 5, Ingle 3, Scarberry 4, Chafin 2. Lebanon: (49)-Stanley 5, Stinson 13, Woodlief 6, Cox 13, Farmer 4, Brooks , Castlewood: (67) Higgins 10, Elam 7, Jessee 14, Fleming 9, Isaacs 21, Hubbard 4, Scarberry 2. Central : (72) Elkins 6, Stallard 6, E. Mullins 7; Reynolds 11, Dotson 1 Church 21, P. Caldwell 2 S. Mullins 12, Cantrell 6. Castlewood : (32) Sh. Couch 2, Sa. Couch 1, Hubbard 6, Scarberry 1, Jessee 1, Fleming 7, Chafin 5, Isaacs 9. Haysi Tops Lady Spartans Montana Robinette pumped in 23 points lead- ing her 3-1 Lady Tigers to a win over Eastside Thursday at Haysi. Sydney Counts chipped in 14 points and 7 assists and Chasity Sutherland notched 11 points and 10 rebounds for Haysi. Hannah Wyrick tallied game highs in points with 24 and rebounds with 12 to go along with 4 assists in her varsity debut, Emily Moore tossed in 9 and Kaylee Jones 8 points for the Lady Spartans in their season opener. The Lady Spartans will face Hurley Tuesday at Eastside, Honaker Wednesday at Honaker, and will be back home Thursday against Council Thursday. Warriors top Devils Dalton Mullins' 17 point effort led Central to a 62-37 win over the Blue Devils in a rematch of the season opener at Central High Friday. Grayson Hall totaled 11 points and Cameron Salyer tossed in 10. Ben Couch paced the Devils with 13 and Jeremiah Statzer added 5 points. Castlewood will not play again until after Christmas at the Alpha Natural Resources tourna- ment at Uva. Wise. Yeary's Bomb Sinks Union Tri-County Tire Service (276.762501) (2,76, 629591  16618 E. ive'ide r SL Paul Va 24283 * MlonFrL 8am-Spin Sat. 6a*lpm - With time fading Eastside's Wes Yeary took a short pass from Justin Banks turned and fired the game winner as the buzzer sounded giving the Spartans a come from behind win 55-54 over a very athletic Union Bears squad (0-2). Eastside (2-0) held only a 3-0 lead very early in the game until Yeary's game winner. "I was kidding with the kids, that's how you draw it up," said Eastside's Patrick Damron. "But honestly, we had Derrick coming to the ball on a curl and Wes blasting up to the ball. It kinda busted and Wes made a play." Baskets by Bryce Spears and Jake Barnett gave the lead to the Bears which they would hold Eastside's Wes Yeary #14 scores over Union's #1 Jay Gavin. Ben Couch shoots this base line jumper vs Lebanon. until Yeary's game winner. Scores by James Mitchell ,Barnett and a Bryce Spears 3 put the Bears in front by 10 before Matt Green's deuce ended the first quarter with Union leading 16-8. Union's defense shut down most everything the Spartans attempted in the second frame. Blocked shots by Barnett and Raashaun Noaks and an offensive rebound by Jay Gavin led to four points each by Gavin and Mitchell. Just 15 seconds later a pair at the line by Barnett lifted the Bears lead to 14. Five points by Derrick Cusano and a driv- ing lay up by Adam Ketron helped Eastside stay in the game with Union leading 32-19 at the break. Union got a quickscore from Gavin to begin the third period, but with a lit- tle over 5 minutes left in the quarter Cusano hit his stride scoring 8 unan- swered points. After two Union free throws Cusano tacked on another field goal and a pair of free throws while his Spartan teammates gave up just two more field goals in the third cutting the Bears lead to nine points, 42-33, going to the fourth. Union went ahead 46-35 on a bucket by Justin Barker as the clock dropped below 6 minutes to play. Yeary bagged a three cutting into the Bears lead and after a Mitchell deuce Justin Banks, who had taken maybe 1 shot in the game stepped up with two huge jumpers cutting the margin under 5. Over the next 1:35 the Spartans hit 8 of 8 at the charity stripe and Union hit just 3 of 7 . Spears stood at the line With 0:7.3 to play and dropped 1 of 2 giving the Bears a 54-52 lead. Eastside took the ball up the court, missing a shot to tie the bali went out of bounds off a Union defend- er. With the inbo/lnds pass Banks found Yeary who turned and pulled off the game winner 55-54 as time expired. " This is a good game for us, said Damron. "To do anything in region 1A West you've got to beat athletic teams and Union is so dang athletic." Scoring: Eastside(55)- Yeary 14 (7rebounds,3steals), Counts 4,(8 rebounds) Banks 5, Cusano 23 (7 rebounds) Green 5, Ketron 4. Union(54)- Gavin 8 (12 rebounds), Barnett 16(8 rebounds), Noaks 3, Spears 9, Mitchell 10 (8 rebounds), Hall 4, Barker 4. Bollinger, Pioneers pound Devils Austin Bollinger poured in 27 points shooting 10 of 10 at the line leading Lebanon to a 75-54 win over Castlewood. Nick Helton tallied 17 with four triples and Owen Slate and Ben Long added 12 each for the Pioneers. Ben Couch dropped a game high 29 for the Devils, playing their first game without injured senior guard Brad Traverse. Couch started the game with a technical free throw due to a pre game dunk by the Pioneers, from there the game would swing in Lebanon's favor. The Pioneers went in front on a jumper by Long, followed by a three by Helton. A series of Castlewood turnovers helped Lebanon to a 9-0 run and a 12 point first quarter lead. Five points late in the frame by Couch closed the first with Lebanon leading 21-14. Bollinger collected 7 points, 2 steals, and 2 assists in the second and the Pioneer defense forced 5 turnovers building their lead to 14 at the break. "I was pleased with our defense tonight, we've been waiting 4 weeks to play," said Lebanon coach Thad Lambert. "We want to get offense from our defense, I thought we com- peted, very well tonight." Owen Slate took care of most of the offense for the Pioneers in the third quar- ter hitting 4 of 6 field goals for 8 points. Bollinger, Helton and Will Stamper each hit a three and Bollinger hit 6 of 6 at the line and Lebanon took their lead over 25 points. Logan Strange and Kyle Kennedy each had 4 in the period for the Devils. Castlewood had its best quarter of the game scoring 18 points in the fourth getting 14 from Couch. "We have to come out and play better," said Castlewood coach Casey Johnson. "We must be ready to compete, we need to play with intensity," said Johnson. Castlewood drops to 1-1 and Lebanon is 1-0. Scoring: Pioneers (75) Bollinger 27, Helton 17, Stamper 5, Long 12, Owens 2, Slate 12. Devils (54) Couch 29, Mabry 3, Stallard 4, Kennedy 9, Strange 4, Statzer 5. Advertise in the Classifieds! Call 276-762-7671! ::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: :::: :: ::: ......... iii:: ::::::.:::::::::::ii ::: :. :::::?:.:: ::::i :.:.:.::::i :.i:: ::i i:[ ::i:: ::::::::i:::: iiiifiii::::iiiiiiii}: Christmas Gift 2015 Ford Focus silver, Only $16,232 w/rebates Shop Morgan McClure Ford I It's the right thing to do!! MORGAN McCLURE Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535