Wise Central completely dominated Lee on Monday, 59-25, setting up a showdown between Central (15-4, 8-1) and Ridgeview (15-4, 7-2) at the top of the district standings.
Abingdon (7-1, 12-5) is also at the top of the heap in the Mountain 7 standings. The Lady Falcons host Union on Thursday and are at Gate City on Friday.
With Friday’s big game at Central awaiting the Lady Warriors, coach Robin Dotson wanted to make sure there was no letup in Tuesday’s contest.
“We just wanted to come out and take control of the game early, and I thought we did a good job on that,” Dotson said. “It was a good start by our kids tonight. I thought we came out and played well defensively in the first half. In the second half we lost a little edge, but that’s to be expected.”
Central’s defensive edge in the first half was razor sharp.
“Defensively we didn’t let them take the easy shots. They did a whole lot of dribbling, but they didn’t get in scoring position a whole lot,” Dotson said.
The two-time defending VHSL Class 2 champions held Lee (4-14, 1-8) to two points in each of the first two quarters.
Central scored the first 12 points of the game before Lee’s first and only basket in the quarter — by Kaitlyn Brown — came with 3:18 left in the period.
The Lady Warriors added 10 points in the final three minutes to build a 22-2 advantage after one quarter.
Lee scored in the first 30 seconds of the second period, but that was it before halftime.
With Dotson substituting liberally in the second half, the teams played closer. Central outscored Lee 19-13 in the third to build a 51-17 lead, and each team scored eight in the final period.
BIG ONE COMING UP
With Monday’s game behind, Central turns its attention to the district contest with Ridgeview.
“It’s another one of those big Mountain 7 games,” Dotson noted. “It’s not the end of the world for either team. It’s one you want to win if you’re trying to win a district championship.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Dee Cvetnich led Central with 20 points and nine rebounds, and Brook Porter finished with 18 points for the Lady Warriors.
Olivia Mullins added 12 assists and five steals for Central.
Brown and Candace Quillen led Lee with seven points apiece.
CENTRAL BOYS PULL AWAY
In the boys’ game, Central used a solid third quarter to pull away for a 66-55 win over Lee.
Central (12-7, 5-4) led 29-24 at halftime before outscoring the Generals 17-10 in the third to build a 46-34 advantage.
Lee (3-14, 2-7) outscored Central 21-20 in the final period, but the damage had already been done.
Elijah Hayes recorded a triple-double for Central, finishing with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Ben Stallard led the Warriors with 17 points, and Tyler Vanover and Tre Mullins each added 10.
Lee’s Jacob Stewart led all scorers with 20 points. Jaxon Collier and Brayden Bundy finished with 12 apiece.