Lady Knights advance in Class AAA
HUNTINGTON -- It took a quarter Monday night for Cabell Midland to play like the team that broke into the Top 10 in the West Virginia Associated Press girls basketball poll earlier in the day.
The Lady Knights, who checked in at No. 10, weathered a sloppy first period, finally discovered their rhythm in the second and went on to defeat Lincoln County, 67-33, in a Class AAA Region IV, Section 2 tournament game at Huntington High's Lucas-Archer Gym Complex.
"It's been a thing up here," Cabell Midland coach Matt Adkins said of the way his team starts out on Huntington High's floor. "Three years ago, we scored one point (in a quarter) against Spring Valley. I thought we're not going to repeat this junk."
In the second game of the regular season, Huntington High rolled to a 61-40 win over the Lady Knights on that same floor.
"We got a game on the rims, the floor," Adkins said. "We'll be all right."
Prior to the game, Adkins and the players got praise from fans for entering the Top 10.
"People came up and congratulated me. I said congratulate the girls. They did it," Adkins said.
Cabell Midland returns to Lucas-Archer Gym on Wednesday for the semifinal round. The Lady Knights take on No. 2 Spring Valley at 6 p.m. Third-ranked Huntington High faces Logan at 8. The winners meet for the title Friday at 7.
In the first quarter Monday, Cabell Midland (17-6) had just two field goals and Lincoln County (3-20) matched that. Adkins called a timeout early in the period to make a point.
"Intensity. No matter who you play, where you play, you have to have intensity," Adkins said. "You have to do what got you here. You've got to play up every night, not down."
Lincoln County managed just one field goal in the second quarter and finished the half with 20 turnovers.
Sierra Jordan led the Lady Knights with 14 points. Twelve different players scored, meaning Cabell Midland's starters got to rest in the second half and think about Wednesday. In the regular season, Spring Valley rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Lady Knights, 56-54, in overtime at Cabell Midland.
Guard Grace Jarrell knows the Lady Knights can ill afford a slow start Wednesday.
"No energy. Just flat," she said of the team's first-half play. "I know it was that bad. All year we've been a second-half team. Things seem to kick in. We've got to pick up the pace. When the ball goes up Wednesday, we've got to play all four quarters."
Lindsay Prichard led the Lady Panthers with 14 points.
LINCOLN COUNTY 4 5 11 13 -- 33: Slone 1 1-3 3, McCallister 0 2-2 2, Prichard 4 4-6 14, Lucas 1 0-0 2, Thompson 3 1-3 7, Adkins 0 2-2 2, Stenley 1 1-2 3. Totals: 10 11-18 33.
CABELL MIDLAND 10 22 21 14 -- 67: Bias 1 4-4 7, Adkins 1 0-0 2, Haggerty 3 1-1 7, Alderman 1 0-0 2, Jordan 5 4-7 14, Stephenson 2 0-1 5, Jarrell 2 0-0 4, Bennett 1 1-3 3, Ellis 1 0-0 3, Ferguson 1 0-0 2, Harden 4 1-2 9, Pitkin 4 1-1 9. Totals: 26 12-19 67.
3-point baskets: LC 2 (Prichard 2). CM 3 (Bias, Stephenson, Ellis).