Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 12, 2012

Twin Valley wins in double OT

By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRISTOL, Va. — It could have been a Region D, Division 1 playoff preview.

If that happens, both coaches just hope their respective squads are playing a lot better by then.

Twin Valley escaped in double overtime with a 50-45 win over Clintwood in a clash between two young teams on day one of the Virginia High Tip-off Classic at the Bearcat Den.

While Clintwood went cold from the field and the line in the second extra period, Twin Valley’s Kara Goodman, Lakin Keene and Brandi Rose all hit free throws in the game’s final 2:24 to break a 45-45 tie.

Rose finished with 15 points, Goodman added eight and a game-high 22 rebounds and Katelyn Jackson contributed a game-high 18 points for Twin Valley.

The two clubs combined for 40 turnovers in a sometimes sloppy contest in which both teams’ shooting percentage hovered in the twenties most of the night. The Panthers (2-2) won despite hitting just 13 of 52 shots (25 percent) from the field.

“It’s still early and I know they’re going to improve and I hope we improve,” said Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman, whose club has battled injury and illness while breaking in several new faces this season. “We’ve not been together much, we can’t run anything.

“In five weeks we’ve had everybody there two (practices). We have a lot to cover, but we need to box out and make our foul shots.”

Kayla Mullins was the lone double figure scorer with 14 points to lead Clintwood, which made just three of 14 shots from the field in the two extra periods. Many of those misses were inside the paint.

“They didn’t put a lot of pressure out on us,” said Clintwood coach Donnie Frazier, whose team starts two freshmen and one sophomore. “(Twin Valley) stayed back in their 2-3. We just didn’t take care of the basketball.

“We didn’t make the smart pass and we didn’t come out and meet the ball. And we missed some point-blank shots in the overtimes.”

Neither team scored in the final 1:50 of regulation. Clintwood turned the ball over in transition in the waning seconds of the first overtime.

Clintwood (3-3) got within 21-18 at halftime and kept the pressure on, taking the lead late in the third period and early in the fourth quarter after a bucket by Katlyn Phillips. Her free throw with 24 seconds left forced the second overtime.

Twin Valley, which starts three sophomores and a freshman, scored the first nine points of the game and held a 19-10 lead late in the second quarter before the turnovers mounted. The Panthers took a little bit better care of the basketball at the end.

 “Coach Goodman told us to stop worrying and just play,” said Rose, the only senior in the Panther starting lineup. “We were getting frustrated with all the turnovers, but we finally settled down and played a little better when we needed to.”

Twin Valley will face Lebanon in a quarterfinal contest today at 5:30 p.m.



At Virginia High

 CLINTWOOD (45)

Gulley 2 0-1 6, K. Mullins 7 0-0 14, Phillips 3 1-3 7, Stevens 0 0-0 0, Fleming 2 3-4 7, Stanley 3 0-0 9, Counts 1 0-0 2, Artrip 0 0-0 0, S. Mullins 0 0-0 0, C. Mullins 0 0-0 0. Totals – 18 4-8 45.

TWIN VALLEY (50)

Goodman 2 4-6 8, Meadows 0 1-2 1, Keene 2 1-4 5, Jackson 4 8-8 18, Rose 4 6-9 15, Faulkerson 1 0-2 2, Harbin 0 0-0 0, O’quinn 0 1-2 1, Daniels 0 0-0 0. Totals – 13 21-33 50.

Clintwood............. 8  10  12  9  4  2  —  45

Twin Valley......... 13  8  19   8   4   7   —  50

3-point goals – C 5 (Stanley 3, Gulley 2), TV 3 (Jackson 2, Rose). Total fouls-C 17, TV 12. Fouled out-none. Technicals-none.