Wise Central moved into sole possession of first place in the Mountain 7 District girls basketball standings Friday with a 61-51 win over Ridgeview.
The Lady Warriors (16-4, 9-1) grabbed the top spot thanks to their win and Gate City’s 76-68 victory over Abingdon (14-6, 9-2).
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DOWN THE STRETCH
“That means we control our own destiny. It’s out there in front of us,” Central coach Robin Dotson said. “We’ve got two tough games next week on the road at Union and at Abingdon.”
The Lady Warriors play at Wise County rival Union on Tuesday and then Thursday at Abingdon. Two wins will give Dotson and the Lady Warriors another Mountain 7 championship and the district’s automatic bid and No. 1 seed in the Region 2D tournament in late February.
If Central loses both games, Abingdon would grab the regular- season title. If the Lady Warriors beat Union and lose to Abingdon, the two teams would finish as
regular-season co-champions and would have a playoff to determine the automatic bid to the regional tournament.
“We got off to a hot start,” Dotson said summing up his team’s play Friday.
Central started the game with a 3-pointer from Brook Porter, two more from Hannah Large and another from Olivia Mullins to build a 12-1 lead in the first 5:30 of the game.
Ridgeview then got two 3s of its own from Cassidy Thomas and a buzzer-beater from Amber Taylor to cut the Lady Warriors’ advantage to 12-9 by the end of the opening period.
Not deterred by Ridgeview’s 8-0 run over the final 1:29 of the first quarter, Central opened the second with another 3, this one from post player Dee Cvetnich.
The senior’s trey from the top of the key sparked a 9-1 run for Central, which led 21-10 with 5:16 left in the first half.
Ridgeview never recovered and Central kept its lead in, or close to, double digits the rest of the game.
“They came out and shot the ball really well early. They found some openings and made some adjustments,” said Ridgeview coach Donnie Frazier. “They just shot the ball real well from the 3-point line. It wasn’t like they were just rolling in. They were pretty pure all night long.
“If you give up those kind of shots like that to them, you’re losing because you’re not going to score too many on them.”
FROM THE SCOREBOOK
Olivia Mullins led Central with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
The Lady Warriors also got 13 points from Brook Porter and 10 from Hannah Carter. Cvetnich finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Nikole Counts and Brooklyn Frazier led Ridgeview with 10 points each.
WOLFPACK DOES IT AGAIN
Nick Phillips hit a shot from under the basket with 44 seconds remaining on the clock to lift Ridgeview to a 70-69 win over Central — the Wolfpack’s second victory over the Warriors this season.
Central (12-8, 5-5) brought the ball down the floor and had a chance to win in the waning seconds, but the shot attempt was blocked.
The ball then bounced around with players from both teams scrambling for it. Central got off a heave from between center court and the top of the key before the buzzer, but the shot was off the mark.
Gabe Counts and Gabe Brown finished with 18 points apiece to lead Ridgeview (10-10, 3-7). Phillips added 12 and Brody Counts and Tyler O’Quin had 11 each.
Central got 18 points from Tyler Vanover.