Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 6, 2012

Grundy wins, Tazewell falls in Borderline Classic

By ANTHONY STEVENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRISTOL, Va. — Grundy defeated Eastside 63-34 in the opening round of the Virginia High Borderline Classic on Wednesday night at the Bearcat Den.

Grundy’s reward is a winner’s bracket game tonight with Gate City at 8:30 p.m. The Blue Devils played in the state finals last season.

“You want to play people like that,” Grundy coach Craig Plymal said. “We know it will be a tough game with full-court pressure the entire game. We will have to play with some patience against a very good team. We just want to learn from it, get better and see how we come out in the end.”

Eastide took their final lead against Grundy at 8-6 after a basket by Erin Stanley. But Grundy (3-0) ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run and rolled to the win.

“We got off to a little slow start but when you get in these tournaments it can be like that,” Plymal said. “Once we got a little action out of our press, that got our transition game going. We got some easy layups and that was the difference.”

A tenacious defense with full-court pressure caused a lot of problems for Eastside. The Spartans had 17 turnovers in the first half. That enabled Grundy to take a 35-13 advantage at halftime.

“Coming in we knew who handled the ball and we pressured the ball,” stated Plymal. “We played good team ball, we had a bunch of girls score.”

Nearly everyone was in the act for Grundy with 12 different players getting on the board. Morgan Hall posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Savannah Charles was the only other player in double figures with a game-high 13 points.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well early, but we made up for it with our defense,” commented Charles. “One of our main goals was to play in your face defense. We wanted to create turnovers, get the ball back and play hard.”

Grundy (3-0) also had an eight to one advantage beyond the arc. Charles led the way with three treys.

“The 3 is good when it goes in,” said Plymal. “But you have to play a little defense behind it.”

Samantha Cole led the Spartans (0-2) with 10 points.



EASTSIDE (34)

Atwood 1 0-0 2, Powers 1 2-2 4, Dean 3 1-2 8, Cole 5 0-0 10, Stanley 2 0-0 4, Bright 2 0-1 4, Hill 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 3-5 34.

GRUNDY (63)

Hall 2 6-6 10, Cantrell 2 1-4 6, Lane 2 1-2 6, Thornsbury 0 0-0 0, Charles 3 4-5 13, Yates 1 3-3 6, Kyle 0 1-2 1, Elswick 0 0-0 0, Webb 4 0-0 9, Snead 2 1-2 5, Williams 1 0-0 2, Owens 1 0-0 2, Owens 1 0-0 2, Sperry 1 0-2 3. Totals 19 17-26 63.

Eastside..............................10   7     8     9  —  34

Grundy................................17  18  17   11 — 63

3-point goals – Eastside 1 (Dean 1), Grundy 8 (Cantrell 1, Lane 1, Charles 3, Yates 1, Webb 1, Sperry 1). Total fouls – Eastside 15, Grundy 9. Fouled out - none. Technicals – none.



Daniel Boone 46, Tazewell 44

The Bulldogs fell just short of pulling the upset.

Taylor Carmichel hit a 3-pointer from the left corner as the buzzer sounded to give Daniel Boone a win over Tazewell in the opening game Virginia High Borderline Classic

“We just didn’t finish,” said Tazewell coach Jason Southworth. “They kind of hit a lucky shot. It’s one of those where we should have won the game.”

Tazewell (1-3) had a 39-36 lead in the fourth quarter, but went almost five minutes without scoring. The Trailblazers went on a 7-0 run to take a 43-39 lead with a minute remaining. Taylor Catron finally got the lid off the basket for Tazewell dropping in the 3-pointer that banked in from out front.

After a Boone (4-3) turnover, Catron hit another shot to give the Lady Bulldogs a 44-43 advantage with 5.8 ticks left on the clock. Boone called a timeout and then pushed the ball up the floor to Carmichel who hit the game winner.

“We played well,” Southworth said. “We executed the things I wanted to do, but sometimes things just don’t go your way. I was pleased with the effort, my girls really got after it. It should have gone in the book as a ‘W’ but what can you do.”

Catron poured in a game-high 16 points, along with five rebounds and three steals, to lead the Bulldogs. Autumn Hash tallied six points and eight rebounds.

Jenny Snyder led the balanced Trailblazers attack with 11 points.

Tazewell will play Friday against Haysi at Virginia High at 4 p.m.



TAZEWELL (44)

Catron 5 4-4 16, Sanders 3 0-0 6, Sparks 1 0-0 2, Christian 1 0-0 2, Hash 3 0-3 6, Snapp 0 0-0 0, Holloway 3 0-0 6, Brown 3 0-2 6. Totals 19 4-9 44.

DANIEL BOONE (46)

Sheffey 1 0-0 2, Littleton 2 0-0 5, Jones 2 3-6 7, Campbell 2 1-2 5, Snyder 4 3-4 11, Cox 0 0-0 0, Carmichel 3 0-2 9, Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Persinger 1 0-0 2, Casey 2 1-2 5. Totals 17 8-16 46.

Tazewell................................12   8  13  11 — 44

Daniel Boone.......................10  12  10  14  —  46

3-point goals – Tazewell 2 (Catron 2), Daniel Boone 4 (Littleton 1, Carmichel 3). Total fouls – Tazewell 14, Daniel Boone 16. Fouled out - Hash. Technicals – none.