Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 22, 2013

Black Diamond girls finished as Panthers, Tigers fall

By ANTHONY STEVENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

LEBANON, Va. — Freshman Kayla Mullins proved impossible to stop, as she score nine points in the fourth quarter to boost the Greenwave to a 47-37 victory over Twin Valley to advance to the finals. Mullins logged a double-double with a game-high 20 points, 13 rebounds and also grabbed four steals for good measure.

The Panthers had a huge third quarter overcoming a 20-15 halftime defecit to go up 31-27 going to the final stanza. But Clintwood (16-9) took over in the fourth quarter outscoring Twin Valley 20-6.

“When we fall behind, none of these girls get down,” remarked Mullins. “We’re always ready to go. We never hold our heads down, we keep playing, we keep working hard and it pays off in the end.”

The Greenwave kept the Panthers from scoring for almost three minutes the start of the fourth and only allowed one field goal the final eight minutes.

“I attribute that to our young kids who did good job of closing off the perimeter for Twin Valley,” said Clintwood coach Donnie Frazier. “When they did drive Katlyn Phillips did a great job of taking charges.

“If you relax on defense, Twin Valley will hit a couple 3’s and we did that in the third quarter. But we refocused and took care of the ball down the stretch.”

Katelyn Jackson finished with 11 points to lead Twin Valley (11-13).

“Number 14 (Kayla Mullins) just killed us, that’s all there was to it, plan and simple,” Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman said. “She just wanted it more than my girls. We have a lot of growing up to do.”



CLINTWOOD (47)

Artrip 0 5-6 5, K. Mullins 7 6-8 20, Fleming 0 0-0 0, Stevens 1 5-9 7, Phillips 1 1-2 3, Gulley 4 0-0 9, Stanley 1 0-0 3, S. Mullins 0 0-0 0, Counts 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 17-25 47.

TWIN VALLEY (37)

Rose 2 1-1 6, Jackson 3 2-2 11, Goodman 3 1-2 8, O’Quinn 2 1-2 5, Meadows 0 1-4 1, Daniels 0 0-0 0, Keene 2 2-2 6, Stanford 0 0-0 0, Bailey 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 8-13 37.

Clintwood..............................11  9  7  20  —  47

Twin Valley..............................10  5  16  6  —  37

3-point goals – Clintwood 2 (Gulley 1, Stanley 1), Twin Valley 5 (Rose 1, Jackson 3, Goodman 1). Total fouls – Clintwood 12, Twin Valley 20. Fouled out – O’Quinn, Phillips Technicals – none.



Castlewood 37, Haysi 36

It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Castlewood girls. Mission accomplished. The Blue Devils won Cumberland District regular season and tournament title and now you can add a trip to the state quarterfinals to the list, along with the opportunity to claim a regional title.

The contest was in doubt until the final buzzer sounded but Castlewood took a 37-36 win over Haysi at Charles C. Long Gymnasium to advance to the Region D, Division 1 title game against Clintwood on Saturday.

“People have underestimated these girls all year,” Castlewood coach Barry Ruff said. “We really didn’t play like a number one seed tonight, that’s the biggest thing.”

Haley Crabtree led the Castlewood offense with 10 points. Erin Hyden dropped in 12 points for Haysi.



HAYSI (36)

Mondrage 1 3-4 5, Hyden 4 4-6 12, Edwards 1 0-2 2, Count 2 2-2 6, Sutherland 2 5-6 9, Robinette 0 2-3 2, F. Whitner 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 16-23 36.

CASTLEWOOD (37)

Crabtree 3 2-2 10, Purtee 1 1-3 3, Kennedy 1 2-2 5, Jessee 2 0-0 5, Fleming 3 0-10 6, Hubbard 0 0-0 0, Elam 1 0-0 2, Isaacs 3 0-0 6. Totals 14 5-17 37.

Haysi......................................10  12  7  7  —  36

Castlewood............................14  4  9  10  —  37

3-point goals – Haysi none, Castlewood 4 (Crabtree 2, Kennedy 1, Jessee 1). Total fouls – Haysi 18, Castlewood 18. Fouled out - Sutherland. Technicals – none.