GATE CITY — There can be only one — at least for the time being.
Morgan Gose scored 12 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Gate City girls held off Wise Central 45-40 in a much-awaited Mountain District collision Friday night.
Both teams appeared in the VHSL Group A Final Four in Richmond last season.
“I think the difference in the game was that we settled for the perimeter shot and they attacked more and got fouled. They made five more free throws than we did and that was the difference in the game,” said Central coach Robin Dotson.
The big difference-maker for the Lady Blue Devils (11-1, 2-0) was Gose, who didn’t take a free throw in the first half but asserted herself with an 11-for-16 showing at the stripe in the second half.
“Morgan is doing a lot for us,” said Gate City coach Kelly Houseright. “She’s doing everything we want her to do this year. I think she had a solid all-around game for us tonight, both offensively and defensively.”
Her primary defensive assignment was Lady Warriors dynamo Logan Reynolds, who scored 19 points to pace Central (6-3, 0-1).
Gose’s commanding maneuvers hung the fourth foul on Reynolds with 7:26 remaining in the game. Gate City led by three when Reynolds fouled out with 4.8 seconds left to play. Gose sank both free throws for the final margin.
Jordan Gose added nine points for the Lady Blue Devils.
Carrie Cantrell scored 10 points for the Lady Warriors before fouling out with 2:06 remaining in the game.
In the boys game, Dylan Jenkins scored 15 of his game-high 20 points and Gate City rolled to a 76-40 victory.
Jenkins hit three trifectas for Gate City (4-3, 2-0). John Reed Barnes knocked down four beyond the arc on his way to 14 points.
Caleb Mills scored 12 points to pace Central (4-6, 0-1).
“Gate City has a good basketball team,” said Warriors coach T.J. McAmis. “I thought they played hard and with a lot of heart.”For an expanded version of this article, please see Saturday's print edition or our electronic edition.