TAZEWELL, Va. — The task is daunting. Carroll County has won 70 straight Southwest District girls basketball games. That streak has to end eventually. Why not tonight?

"Us and Carroll County are big rivals, we're planning on giving them a loss," Tazewell senior Whitney Muncey said. "We're pretty confident this year, I think we'll be able to handle it."

It helps to have Muncey on their side. A three-year starter at Tazewell, Muncey scored 40 points in two games last week, and will enter tonight’s key SWD affair with Carroll County as the latest winner of the Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph player of the week award.

Muncey, who is averaging 15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists for the 4-3 Bulldogs, tossed in 22 points in a win over Hurley, and added 18 more in a loss at Abingdon.

“It is neat, it's a great honor too to get noticed for doing something good," said Muncey, who won this same award last season. "It's really special, it means a lot."

Tazewell is coming off a 13-11 campaign that included a Region IV first round tourney loss to Lee. Muncey, who is about 60 points of 1,000 for her career, is shooting for the school record of 1,142, and is hoping that this season goes longer than the last.

"My personal goal is to get 1,000, but I'm trying to break the record for our high school," Muncey said. "Our team goal is definitely to make it further than we did last year in regionals.

"We would like to make it to the state, but we'll just see when we get there. We'll take it one game at a time"

Muncey was the co-SWD player of the year and a Region IV first team selection last season, and was an honorable All-Group AA pick. She’s reached double figures in points in six of Tazewell’s seven games. She’s tallied 21 and 14 in games with Bland County, 17 at Pocahontas, and another 14 in an earlier win over Abingdon. Muncey, who is also a standout softball player, was held to five points against Marion, but contributed five rebounds, five steals and four assists.

“She's just a good all-around ballplayer, she can shoot the 3, she can take the ball to the hole, she's a good foul shooter, an and excellent passer as well,” Tazewell head coach Bill Mitchell said. “She has been playing really good, she sees the floor well, which leads to easy shots for other people and she gives up the ball and she’s not real selfish, and when we need her she steps up and wants the ball.”

And, she wants to win. Muncey’s play is complimented by talented junior point guard Allison Hunter, along with Zachlynn Blackburn, Samantha Shepard, Whitney Davis and Courtney Brooks.

“I have had a lot of help from teammates because we played good as a team, and coach has done a lot for us, he gives us everything and he puts a lot of time into it,” Muncey said. “I play pretty hard, it's fun and I like to work hard.

“It's fun to play basketball, I grew up playing sports so it's cool.”

Muncey’s career is slowing winding down. She thinks this group of Bulldogs could be heading toward a special season.

“The opportunity is there and all the talent is there, we've just got to put forth the effort,” Muncey said. “I think we will end up doing good, last year we should have went further than we did, but we ended up losing in the first round of the regionals.

“It seems like we're always right there and then we let up some at the end and that ends up getting us.”

Don’t expect that to happen this year.

Honorable Mention:

Kelly Pawlowski, Princeton: Scored 15 points in Tigers’ 62-46 win over Woodrow Wilson on Dec.12; Amanda Meade added 20 points and Cassie Staton contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Tonya Wright, Bland County: Scored 15 points in 52-46 overtime win over Giles on 14; Kendall Stuart added 19 points, while Kayla Kennedy collected 12 points and 10 boards.

Allison Hunter, Tazewell: Continued a big season with 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight steals in the Bulldogs; 95-54 win at Hurley on Dec. 14. Zachlynn Blackburn added 19 points and Whitney Davis tossed in 13.

Trista Thomas, PikeView: Collected 10 points and 10 rebounds in 57-40 loss to Summers County on Dec. 14...Added 10 points and 13 rebounds in a loss the following night against Wyoming East...Laken Coburn contributed nine points and five assists against Wyoming East.

Kathleen Bailey, Bluefield: Scored 11 points and 12 rebounds in a 54-21 win on Dec. 16 over Shady Spring. Aiesha Dewitt added 12 points in that win, while Kristen Roberts grabbed 10 boards. Apryle Buford added five steals and Stephanie Wallace contributed five assists.

Julie Fitzgerald, Pocahontas: Scored 22 points in a 55-54 loss to Iaeger on Dec. 14. Kristen Shupe added 18 in the loss.

Kayla Muncy, Iaeger: Tallied 13 points in 55-4 win over Pocahontas on Dec. 14. Brittany Cline added 12 and Terri McCoy tossed in 10.

Kerri Tiller, Montcalm: Tallied 21 points in 72-23 win over Mount Hope on Dec. 15. Sheena Johnson added 17, while Eva Grose tossed in 11.

Dominique Newbill, Mount View: Led the Knights’ to a 67-46 win over Matewan on Dec. 16, recording six points, seven steals and 13 assists. Desiree Cleage added 18 points, while Alexis Montgomery had 10 assists. Sonya Welch grabbed five steals.

Aelisha Allen, Hurley: Scored 18 points in the Rebels’ 96-54 loss to Tazewell on Dec. 14. Tara Hall scored 17 and Sarah Justus added 15.

Brittany Mansfield, Pipestem Christian Academy: Collected 18 points, 16 boards and eight steals in 40-31 win over Fenaca Trail on Dec. 14. Megan Kinzer added nine points and grabbed six boards. Miranda Norman added five points, five rebounds and six boards. Fifth-grader Hayley Shrewsbury scored six points in the varsity win.

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