The Lady Warriors (24-4) seemed to be on a mission to another championship run, dispatching Martinsville 68-39 in the state quarterfinals at the Virginia-Wise Prior Convocation Center.
Central advanced to face a familiar foe for the fourth time this season. The Lady Warriors will battle Mountain 7 District rival Ridgeview at 6:30 p.m. in the Final Four on Tuesday. Ridgeview (21-7) defeated Floyd County 53-46 in their quarterfinal.
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“We know them pretty well and they know us pretty well,” Central coach Robin Dotson said of the Wolfpack. “And like I told them, when you get to this point you don’t expect any easy games. You play your best and the best team that night moves on.”
SETTING THE PACE
Central wasted little time in setting the tone Friday. The Lady Warriors led 5-4 with 5:05 to play in the opening quarter before closing out the period on an 11-0 run to build a 16-4 lead.
Central enjoyed a 33-10 lead at halftime and never let its lead fall below double figures the rest of the way.
“It was a real good defensive effort,” Dotson noted. “They’re so quick and they don’t always take great shots. And it’s just hard to box out sometimes because they’re shooting runners and turnarounds. But we’ve worked hard on boxing out all week.
“To hold them to 10 points, that’s a testament to our girls and their pride in their defense.”
BIG IN THE MIDDLE
Dee Cvetnich dominated the middle for Central. The senior finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds — including eight offensive boards — to lead the Lady Warriors.
“When we get this far, we always play hard and give our best effort,” Cvetnich said.
MAKING A RUN
Martinsville (18-9) increased its offensive production in the third quarter, outscoring Central 18-12.
“Our goal was not to let them get to the basket,” Dotson said. “And a few times they did and they were hitting runners outside the lane. And (Destiny Jones) hit those three 3s and, shew, we don’t know where those came from. We hadn’t seen that from her.”
Brook Porter scored 18 points for Central, and Hannah Carter had 14.
Jones and Latroya Gravely led Martinsville with 11 points apiece.