BRISTOL, Va. —
When Patrick Henry denied Richlands star Brittany Alley the ball in the first half, Montana Hearl and Cassidy Richardson stepped up.
When the Rebels rallied in the second quarter and second half, Alley came to the rescue.
Allen scored 13 of her 15 points after the intermission as the Lady Blues pulled away to a 52-35 win over Patrick Henry in Thursday’s nightcap of the Virginia High Tip-Off Classic.
Hearl scored 11 points and Richardson added 10 for Richlands, which opened the game on a 19-5 run.
Kasey Uecker hit a key 3 as the Rebels rallied to within 23-17 before halftime.
“They were playing a little triangle-and-two and we had some other girls step up, Cassidy Richardson and Montana Hearl got us a big lead in the first quarter,” Richlands coach Dennis Palmer said. “We got out to a big lead with our pressure, but we got a little bit lazy on defense and instead of sprinting out and closing on their shooters we were standing around there in the second quarter.”
Davis hit a 3, Richardson added a bucket and Allen warmed up in the third period, igniting a 14-2 run. Allen capped with a 3-pointer and a layup that gave the Lady Blues (4-0) a 44-27 lead with 6:41 remaining.
“Brittany got free and hit a couple of big shots,” Palmer added. “And Cassidy got in the lane and made some nice passes and Montana hit a couple more shots and we were finally able to open up a lead again.”
Tyree Wilmoth led Patrick Henry with 11 points.
Richlands will face Chilhowie in the semifinals tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Lebanon 52, Twin Valley 33
After going without a field goal for more than eight minutes Lebanon made up for it in the final 6:42 as they pulled away from Twin Valley.
All five Lebanon starters scored four or more points in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers finished the game on a 22-5 run.
Hannah Cox hit back-to-back buckets to begin the closing run and finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, four steals three assists and two blocks.
Lebanon forced 20 turnovers and held Twin Valley to 22 percent (11-of-50) shooting from the field. That included an 0-for-12 stretch in the final six minutes.
Katelyn Jackson led the Lady Panthers with 16 points. Kara Goodman added 12 rebounds and Hannah O’Quinn blocked four shots.
“We played well for about three-and-a-half quarters and then their quickness hurt us,” Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman said. “That and (Cox), she killed us on both ends of the floor. But for that first three-and-a-half quarters we played better than we did (Wednesday) night (against Clintwood).”
Twin Valley plays in a consolation game on Saturday.