LEBANON, Va. — It was rally time in the girls Region D, Division 1 semifinals at Lebanon High School on Thursday.
Both Castlewood and Clintwood came back from late six-point deficits to record victories.
The Lady Blue Devils overcame 23 turnovers and 12 missed free throws to edge Haysi 37-36. The Lady Greenwave outscored Twin Valley 20-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 47-37 win.
Castlewood (20-5) will take on Clintwood (16-9) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Region D final at Virginia High. Both teams are assured berths in the VHSL Group A, Division 1 state quarterfinals to be held next weekend.
From the start, the Lady Blue Devils had trouble holding on to the basketball. Eleven first-half turnovers left Castlewood trailing Haysi 22-18 at the midpoint.
The Lady Devils trailed 26-20 halfway through the third quarter and seemed primed for the upset. A 7-3 run to close out the period narrowed Castlewood’s deficit to 29-27.
Haley Crabtree drained a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter, and suddenly, the Lady Blue Devils grabbed a 30-29 lead.
“We knew we needed to calm down,” said Crabtree. “I think my three gave us some energy and we began to play like we knew we could.”
Baskets by McKinley Isaacs and Caitlyn Fleming extended Castlewood’s lead to 34-29.
Haysi (14-13) clawed its way back and eventually got within 37-35 with 5.5 seconds left in the game.
The Lady Tigers’ Erin Hayden was held on an inbounds play and went to the free-throw line to shoot two and tie the game.
Her first attempt was good, but she missed the second and Castlwood got the rebound and ran out the clock.
“I have no idea how this win happened,” said Castlewood coach Barry Ruff. “We just kind of got it done with defense.”
Crabtree finished with 10 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils.
Hyden had 12 points to lead Haysi.
After leading 20-15 at the half, Clintwood watched as Twin Valley (11-13) stormed back in the third quarter to take a 31-25 lead with 1:10 left in the third quarter.
Kayla Mullins hit a basket to bring the Lady Wave within 31-27 as the third period ended.
She opened the fourth quarter by scoring four-straight points to tie the game at 31 and Katlyn Phillips’ bucket with 5:37 to go in the game put Clintwood on top 33-31.
The Lady Panthers briefly regained the lead 35-33, but the Lady Wave answered with a 12-2 run to close out the game.
“The girls were resilient and never panicked,” said Clintwood coach Donnie Fraizer. “Kayla was so big for us.
“For us to make it to the regional final is huge,” added Frazier.
Mullins had a game-high 20 points to lead Clintwood while Katelyn Jackson scored 11 points for Twin Valley.