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Gate City advances to Region 2D semifinals with win over Lady Bearcats

TANNER COOK • Feb 27, 2020 at 12:52 AM

GATE CITY — A nearly five-minute drought by Virginia High along with a subsequent 10-0 Gate City run was enough for the Lady Blue Devils on Wednesday night in a 45-35 Region 2D quarterfinals win over the Lady Bearcats.

Gate City moves into Friday evening’s semifinals at UVA Wise’s Prior Convocation Center against Lebanon.

Sarah Thompson — who overcame a slow start — led Gate City with a game-high 19 points.

Ale Sydnor spearheaded the attack for the Lady Bearcats with 14.

“That run definitely helped,” Gate City coach Kelly Houseright said. “We were where we needed to be defensively in the third quarter, thank goodness. We forced too many things in the third. We were able to make free throws down the stretch, and that was the difference.”

LONG DROUGHT

Virginia High went the first 4:39 of the second quarter without scoring a single point after only trailing 11-8 in the first period.

The Lady Devils took full advantage, going on a 10-0 run and gaining control of the game. Gate City ended the quarter nicely as well with Thompson making a great feed that led to a Sam Jerrell layup as time expired.

“We got some momentum heading into the locker room with that last bucket,” Houseright said.

LADY BEARCATS HANG AROUND

Despite not scoring in long spurts for the majority of the first half, Virginia High was still squarely in the game. The lead was cut to 36-29 with 2:30 left, but the Lady Bearcats could not make a single bucket from the outside.

Diane Spence hit Virginia High’s only 3-pointer of the game, and it came early in the first quarter.

“I thought we set the tone early on,” Houseright said. “In the third quarter, we didn’t do such a great job offensively, but we were good throughout the game on defense.”

A LOOK AHEAD

Gate City will get somewhat of a revenge game on Friday night when it faces the Lady Pioneers at 6 p.m. Lebanon controversially ended the Lady Blue Devils’ season last year in the regional quarterfinals.

“We just want to be who we are and go do what we do,” Houseright said. “Hopefully, we’ll go over there Friday night and play like we’re capable of playing. And maybe we’ll get a different outcome this time.”

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