Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 25, 2014

Grundy shoots by Panthers

PILGRIM'S KNOB, Va. — Grundy got its share of extra possessions Friday, thanks to Paige Owens.

The sophomore post helped the Lady Wave get by Twin Valley, 43-37, in Black Diamond District play Friday night.

Owens and Morgan Hall each posted double-doubles for Grundy (8-7). Hall, whose free throw with 1:43 remaining snapped a 37-37 tie, had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds and Owens contributed 10 points and a game-high 19 rebounds.

“The play of Paige Owens was the difference in the game,” Grundy coach Craig Plymal said. “We thought she had the best match-up for us and she did.”

Kara Goodman scored 14 points and Alexis Vance scored all 12 of her points in the first half for Twin Valley, which led 19-17 at the break.

“Our second half rebounding and the defense of Emily Lane on Vance made a difference, and so did Autumn Sperry,” Plymal added. “She got in a good rhythm shooting the ball and helped us on defense.”

Sperry hit three 3-pointers and finished with 10 points. Lane dished out five assists.

Twin Valley (7-5) was done in by a 2-for-17 shooting effort in the third period.

“We missed our layups, we missed our foul shots,” Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman said. “We got the shots we wanted in the lane, we just couldn’t make them.”

Hannah O’Quinn, whose bucket inside tied the score at 37-37 with 2:21 remaining, hauled in 15 rebounds and blocked and five shots for the Lady Panthers. Vance had five steals.

Grundy 74, Twin Valley 42

Saturday’s nightcap was a close one until Grundy flexed a little muscle in the second quarter.

The Golden Wave made a 23-4 run in the period and finished with four double figure scorers to snap a three-game losing streak.

Baylen Dillow and Wes Peck each scored 17 points, Jordan McCoy dropped in 16 and Charles McCoy added a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

“Defensively we stepped up and took control of the game in the second half,” Grundy coach Todd Tiller said. And we pushed the tempo to the way we like to play.”

Dillow controlled the inside, pulling down five of his nine rebounds in the decisive second quarter. Jordan McCoy led the Wave fast break and scored 12 points in the first half as Grundy built a 41-20 halftime lead.

“I thought Baylen, physically, inside made a big difference,” Tiller said. “He was able to get a lot of rebounds and muscle a lot of shots up.

“Jordan is good in transition He always seems to be leading the break and running the lane good and we were able to find him.”

Brandon McGlothlin scored 12 points and Thomas Burniston added 11 for Twin Valley (1-11).

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