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Carter-led Cove fends off rival Twin Springs

By KEVIN MAYS, kmays@timesnews.net • Feb 13, 2018 at 1:05 AM

WISE — Holton Carter scored 11 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, Trey Pennington had 14 points and Peyton Peters finished with 10 for Rye Cove, which held off upset-minded Twin Springs 47-42 on Monday in the opening round of the Cumberland District boys basketball tournament at Virginia-Wise’s Prior Convocation Center.

The game between the Scott County rivals remained close throughout and was tied at 21 at halftime.

The Eagles (11-10) advanced to the tournament’s semifinals Wednesday to play second- seeded J.I. Burton.

Ethan Hillman led Twin Springs (5-16) with 21 points, and Dean Jurnegan scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds.

PIONEERS ADVANCE

The Williams boys were at it again for Thomas Walker on Monday.

Senior Taylor Williams scored 22 points — 16 in the second half — and junior Alex Williams, who is not related to Taylor Williams, scored 17 — 15 in the first half — to help the Pioneers to a 74-67 come-from-behind win over Castlewood in their Cumberland tournament opener.

Thomas Walker moved to on Wednesday’s semifinals to meet top-seeded Eastside.

Fifth-seeded Castlewood (4-16) led for most of the first half and held a 34-33 halftime advantage.

Thomas Walker (10-13) picked up the pace a little in the second half, much to the liking of Pioneers coach Jerry Myers.

“We wanted to play fast,” Myers said. “We had a little quickness out there and we wanted to fast-break every chance we had.

“We finally made some big plays. I thought we played a little flat in the first half and didn’t move the ball. Of course, part of that comes from defense. You play better defense, you get more chances at fast breaks.”

Better defense led to more of the transition game for the Pioneers and a chance for the 5-foot-8 Taylor Williams to drive inside.

“We were trying to push the ball up the court as much as we could and penetrate and get a foul and try to make some foul shots,” he said.

The plan worked. After not attempting a free throw in the first half, Taylor Williams finished 12-of-16 from the line.

Freshman Caleb Yeary scored 20 points for the Pioneers.

Castlewood got 29 points from Brady Gilbert along with 13 points and 11 rebounds from Jonah Cornett and 10 points from Zach Owens.

GIRLS GAMES

Twin Springs 59, Thomas Walker 41

Twin Springs advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal round after placing four players in double-figure scoring.

Abby Castle led the Lady Titans (10-9) with 22 points. Lauren Duncan finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Emaleigh Powers added 11 points and Aubrey Powers scored 10.

Bella Schwartz and Kim Lee led Thomas Walker (4-17) with 14 points apiece. Tayln Dibrell had nine rebounds.

Twin Springs never trailed. The Lady Titans led 18-15 after the first quarter then outscored Thomas Walker 17-4 in the second period to pull away.

Twin Springs will play top-seeded Eastside tonight in the tournament semifinals.

J.I. Burton 54, Castlewood 18

The game was decided early after J.I. Burton (15-8) jumped out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead. The Lady Raiders outscored Castlewood 31-18 the rest of the way.

Burton, which will play Rye Cove at Virginia-Wise’s Prior Center tonight in the semifinal round, got 19 points from Brooklyn Barnette and 10 points and 10 rebounds from Maggie Williams.

Hannah Ingle scored 12 points to lead Castlewood (0-21).

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