Carroll Countys junior varsity girls basketball team followed up its 12-0 record in Southwest District play by winning the Southwest District Tournament with a 35-19 victory over Tazewell.
The win helped the Cavaliers finish with a 19-3 record, Carrolls best season since head coach Shawn Montgomery began coaching the team in 2000.
Carroll never trailed, but fended off a pesky Bulldog squad early. After Tazewell closed the gap to 11-9 midway through the second quarter, the Cavs ended the half on a 7-0 run to take an 18-9 halftime advantage.
The 7-0 run was sparked by an Amber Cannaday 3-pointer and included four points from Maleah Neely. Montgomery credited defensive pressure from Lindsay Martin, Kandace Newman and Cagney Ayers in igniting the run.
Kallie Scott scored six of her eight points in the third quarter as the Cavs extended their lead to 27-16 heading into the final period.
We were able to drive through the traps and find Kallie underneath the basket for some easy layups, Montgomery said.
Cannaday scored six of her game-high 11 points in the fourth quarter after Tazewell switched defenses to a 1-2-2 trap. The Cavs also hit four of five free throws down the stretch to secure the championship.
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