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Lady Warriors race off to fifth district title in eight years

Kevin Mays • Feb 17, 2019 at 2:53 AM

NORTON — Wise Central is playing its best basketball right now and that’s just the way Lady Warriors coach Robin Dotson wants it.

“We’ve been playing pretty good here lately and that’s what you want,” Dotson said after his squad’s dominating 70-31 win over Abingdon on Saturday in the Mountain 7 District tournament championship game on the Lady Warriors’ home floor.

“We’ve got things we can still get better at, so that’s what we’re working on.”

ANOTHER TROPHY FOR THE CASE

The championship was the fifth district tournament crown in eight years for Central, which has won back-to-back VHSL Class 2 championships and four state titles in the last five years.

Central fell to Ridgeview in the district tournament championship on the way to its second straight state title last year. This year, Dotson said the Lady Warriors were determined to win that title, too.

“We didn’t like losing that tournament championship last year and they were determined they weren’t going to do it this year,” Dotson said. “It was just a tremendous effort by the girls. It was just a great job. I’m proud of my seniors and what they’ve accomplished.”

Central will play its final home game this season Tuesday when it hosts Marion in the Region 2D quarterfinals.

FROM THE START

Central (20-4) never trailed Saturday, jumping ahead to a 32-19 halftime advantage.

The Lady Warriors scored the first eight points of the second half and cruised from there, outscoring Abingdon (17-8) by a 38-12 margin.

BIG AND SCARY NIGHT

The start of the second half included a 3-point shot from Brook Porter that gave the Central senior her 1,000th career point.

But the Lady Warriors got a scare a moment later in the game when Porter suffered a head injury after colliding with a teammate in a scramble for the ball. The extent of her injury was not known late Saturday night.

ON THE SCOREBOARD

Porter finished with 17 points. Dee Cvetnich also scored 17 for Central and Olivia Mullins had a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Peyton Carter scored 18 points to lead Abingdon.

’PACK WIN CONSOLATION GAME

With Class 3 Abingdon advancing to the Region 3D tournament, Ridgeview earned the Mountain 7’s second seed in next week’s Region 2D event with a 60-44 win over Gate City in the district’s consolation game.

The Lady Wolfpack (18-7) earned a home game in the regional quarterfinals and will host Graham on Tuesday.

Gate City (17-8) will be on the road for its regional quarterfinal, traveling to play Lebanon.

Gate City kept things close through the first three quarters of play, and the Lady Wolfpack held only a six-point lead, 47-41, heading into the fourth period.

Neither team scored much in the final period, particularly from the floor. Ridgeview managed three field goals in the fourth and Gate City failed to score from the field.

The Lady Wolfpack outscored the Lady Blue Devils 5-1 over the first 6:16 of the period before hitting 6 of 10 attempts from the free-throw line.

The Lady Blue Devils made only one foul shot in the quarter until Sarah Thompson sank two from the charity stripe in the final seconds of the game.

Bailey Frazier and Nikole Counts led Ridgeview with 16 points apiece, and Brooklyn Frazier added 15.

Counts also came down with 10 rebounds.

Thompson and Jaden Fullen led Gate City with 16 points each.

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