BRISTOL, Va. — The Gate City and Wise Central girls have met four times this basketball season, and four times the Lady Blue Devils came away with the win.
With both teams qualified for the VHSL Class 2A tournament semifinals, they still could square off one more time — and that would be to decide the state champion.
Gate City held off a determined Central team 44-38 on Saturday at Virginia High School to capture the Region 2A West championship.
Gate City will face Tuesday's Region 2A East loser between Brunswick and East Rockingham in the state semifinals at Virginia-Wise. Central will go on the road to play the Brunswick-East Rockingham winner for the right to play for the 2A crown in Richmond.
After opening 3-pointers by Gate City’s Rachel Kilgore and Central’s Logan Reynolds on Saturday, the teams played even for the first half. The score was knotted at 16 at the break.
With both teams suffering through errant passes and turnovers over the first two quarters, neither could get an edge.
“We were tired after the game we played Thursday night,” said Gate City coach Kelly Houseright, whose Lady Blue Devils defeated defending state champion Floyd County 64-62 to advance to the regional final. “That game was emotionally, physically and mentally tough, so we knew today was going to be even harder. We are just happy to get out of here with a win.”
The troubles continued in the third quarter for both the Lady Blue Devils and Lady Warriors, and the game was tied until Jordan Houseright’s basket at the buzzer staked Gate City to a 26-24 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Houseright found herself wide open under the basket and her shot gave Gate City its largest lead of the game, 38-32.
“We were coming off a big game the other day and it is hard to bounce back, but we got together around the second quarter and started making some big plays,” Jordan Houseright said.
Jordan Gose, who led Gate City with 16 points, opened the fourth period by scoring eight straight and her effort played a big part in helping the Lady Devils maintain their narrow lead.
Gate City went 6-for-6 from the free throw line to close out the win.
After being held to only four points by Martinsville in Thursday night’s regional semifinal win, Reynolds tallied a game-high 19 against the Lady Blue Devils.
“Gate City shot the ball well at times. They hit some key baskets in the first and the fourth quarters,” said Central coach Robin Dotson. “They had about three good runs and unfortunately that was enough for them.”comments powered by Disqus