WISE — Kayla Mullins is just a sophomore, with a lot of prep basketball still to play and memories to record for Clintwood.
On Saturday in the Cumberland Conference 48 tournament, she added a memory that will be recalled for some time.
With her team trailing Castlewood by one point, 52-51, and 18 seconds remaining in regulation, Mullins sank a 3-pointer to give the Lady Greenwave a 54-52 lead and ultimately a tournament championship.
Clintwood won 55-52.
“I caught the ball and I said we are going to beat you right now,” Mullins said. “You can’t get frustrated and be like I’m not going to make it. You have to have the confidence.”
After the basket, guard Ivvy Gulley blocked a possible tying shot by Castlewood and sank a free throw for the final margin.
Mullins finished with 12 points to go with 11 rebounds. Taylor Fleming scored 11 points.
Caitlyn Fleming led a trio of Lady Blue Devils in scoring with 16 points, also grabbing 17 rebounds. McKinley Issacs had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Kacie Jessee tossed in 10 points.
Clintwood (18-6) hosts Northwood on Monday in Region 1A West play. Castlewood (18-7) travels to Honaker on Tuesday.
The boys’ championship was a little less dramatic.
J.I. Burton pulled away after leading just 9-7 following one period and beat Castlewood 61-45 for its first Cumberland title.
Castlewood (11-10) trailed 28-18 at the half and could never get closer than nine. Six straight points by Tyler Austin pulled the Blue Devils to within 51-42 late in the fourth period.
Alex Keys and Ervin Beaty scored 18 points each for the Raiders (13-10). Austin Johnson chipped in 13.
Brad Traverse topped Castlewood with 16 points. Austin had 14.
Eastside, which won the regular-season league title, hosts Haysi on Tuesday. Burton travels to Honaker.
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