Just like its varsity counterparts, Carroll Countys junior varsity girls basketball team completed an undefeated Southwest District campaign Feb. 13.
The Cavaliers did it despite struggling past Graham the night before. Even though Carroll walloped the G-Girls by 27 points in the first meeting, the Cavs held on in the fourth quarter for a 31-24 victory.
Carroll led by three at the half and just one point after three quarters, but outscored Graham 10-4 in the fourth to hold on.
They pretty much broke our press, threw over top of it and Mariah Lambert had 13 of their 24 points, Carroll JV head coach Shawn Montgomery said. We got some steals from our press and pulled away at the end.
Amber Cannaday led the Cavs with 10 points, while Kallie Scott and Kandace Newman each chipped in five.
The Cavaliers followed that up with a 53-11 hammering of Richlands the following night to complete its unblemished district campaign. Montgomery made sure there would be no struggles this time.
I actually got onto them a little after the Graham game that we cant take teams lightly even though we beat them by 20-some points the last time, Montgomery said. We got a lot of pressure on them and we were up 31-6 at halftime.
Maleah Neely, who didnt play the night before because of illness, led the Cavs with 10 points. Lindsay Martin and Holly Hurst each added six points in the victory.
With the unbeaten district season already behind them, the Cavs followed it up Thursday with an impressive 43-38 victory over Floyd County.
Carroll County led 15-8 after the first quarter and maintained the lead the rest of the game. Still, Floyd made it a fight until the end as Amber Ingram scored 15 points and made a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The Buffaloes trimmed the Cavalier lead to four at one point, but Carroll got it back up to six with a minute left before Cagney Ayers put the game away with a 3-pointer.
We broke their press and we shot a three. I said, I cant believe we are doing this, and Cagney Ayers shot it and it went in and put it away, Montgomery said.
Neely led Carroll with 10 points, while Martin and Newman scored nine and eight, respectively.
With the win, Carroll County finished the regular season 17-3. In the process, the Lady Cavs made their head coach extremely proud of them.
I am just really pleased. I thought we would be good, but they really exceeded our expectations, Montgomery said. I have been coaching eight years, and my first or second year was the last time we beat Floyd in junior varsity before (Thursdays) game. Not only did we win the district, but we were able to compete with the better programs around like Floyd, Patrick, Pulaski and Radford.