Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 2, 2014

River View traps Panthers, defeating Lincoln County 77-69

By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRADSHAW — The River View Raiders came into Saturday evening’s game against the visiting Lincoln County Panthers with a tried-and-proven plan to stop panthers: Trap them!

The Raiders used a diamond full court press, with traps built in, that not only caught Lincoln County off guard, but stifled the visitors shooting in the opening quarter.

The Panthers made only one of their first 11 shots from the floor, while the Raiders (6-4) raced up and down the floor for a 17-4 lead that swelled to 23-4, 2:07 into the second frame.

River View head coach Roger Hale said, “Everybody’s playing lock-down defense.  I was really impressed tonight. … This is probably one of the better games we’ve had this year.”

The View lead stood at 32-17 at the break, as the Panthers started to find the range with their shooting, led by Jacob  Hudson who closed out the second with a trey and a deuce.

Taylor DeHaven, who took game scoring honors with 29 points, recorded a dozen in the first half to pace the Raiders.

The two foes played on more-or-less even terms in the third, with River View, behind six more DeHaven points and a like number by sophomore Tyree Baker, who finished his evening’s work with 18 points, extending the advantage to 50-34 heading into the fourth.

Lincoln County head coach Rodney Plumley decided to make a change in his club’s offensive scheme. “We’ve had such a hard time scoring this year,” he said. “We’ve had a hard time getting in any kind of rhythm and making shots. Finally, we just threw up our hands and said, ‘Let’s start getting after it. Hopefully we’ll create some opportunities to where we can start putting some points up.’”

That philosophy led to 35 fourth quarter points, compared to only 34 for three quarters.

The “getting after it” led to half a dozen Raider fourth-quarter turnovers and the Panthers outrebounding their guests 13-6, while cutting the deficit to eight at the end.

Hale said, “I think tonight was probably our best free throw shooting night.  That’s been our Achilles’ heel this year.”

On the evening, the View converted 29 of 39 opportunities at the charity stripe.

Jordan Wilson followed DeHaven’s 29 and Baker’s 18 with 11 points.  DeHaven paced the Raiders on the boards with 10 grabs.

Schylar Kelley and Hudson scored 16 and 10 points respectively for the Panthers.

The Raiders will visit Man Tuesday evening.

LINCOLN COUNTY (3-10)

Corey Rusk 4 0-0 9, Kaleb Porter 1 0-0 3, Jacob Hudson 4 0-0 10, Schylar Kelley 5 6-10 16, Andrew Davis 3 0-1 8, Jacob Ashley 1 2-2 4, Jacob Adkins 2 1-2 5, Jake Reynolds 3 0-0 6, Jacob Kirkendall 4 0-2 8. Totals 27 9-17 69.

RIVER VIEW (6-4)

Joseph McClanahan 1 0-0 2, Tyree Baker 6 6-6 18, Taylor DeHaven 9 10-12 29, Jordan Wilson 3 5-7 11, T. J. Stacy 2 4-7 8, Cameron Roberts 2 3-5 8, Jimmy Baker 0 1-2 1. Totals 23 29-39 77.

Lincoln County................4   13   17   35  —  69

River View......................17   15   18   27  —  77

3-point goals — LC 6 (Hudson 2, Davis 2, Rusk 1, Porter 1), RV 2 (DeHaven 1, Roberts 1). Fouled out — LC (Kelley, Davis, Ashley, Kirkendall), RV (McClanahan). Field goal shooting — LC 27-67, 40.3 %; RV 23-52, 44.2 %. 3-point shooting — LC 6-18, 33.3 %, RV 2-7, 28.6 %. Rebounds — LC 40 (Hudson 6, Kelley 5, Davis 5, Kirkendall 5), RV 38 (DeHaven 10, Baker 5, Wilson 5). Turnovers — LC 17, RV 20.