The Lord Botetourt girls rallied after falling behind, but couldn’t catch Spotswood in a Region III, Division 4 basketball quarterfinal last week in Daleville. Botetourt dropped a 52-39 decision as the Cavaliers’ season came to an end at an even 12-12.
Things started off well for the LB girls, who were playing at home. They hit their first three shots and took a 7-0 lead to put the Trailblazers on their heels. However, Spotswood bounced back with an 18-2 run to take an 18-9 lead by the end of the quarter.
“They were making their shots and we weren’t,” said LB coach Chuck Pound. “They started hitting some threes.”
Spotswood standout Carter Williams finished with five threes for the game and 21 points total. The Blazers had a 32-21 lead at the half but LB continued to battle and hung tough. LB played them even at 10-10 in the third quarter and Spotswood had a two-point edge in the fourth.
“We were down nine after the first quarter and lost by 13,” said Pound. “They were a good team, but after the first quarter we played right with them.”
Two seniors led the Cavaliers, as Amanda Farmer had 12 points and Alisha Lyle had 11 points and seven rebounds. Ashlie Caldwell is the third senior and she was out with an injury.
Spotswood went on to win the Region III, Division 4 tournament and will play in a state quarterfinal game this week. For LB, sophomore Jade Lewis was named honorable mention All-Region III as the Cavs begin preparation for next year.
“We said last fall that we thought we could be pretty good by the end of the season,” said Pound. “I thought our girls kept getting better and better. I think a light bulb went on for some of them about halfway through the year, and you could just see us getting better. We’d like to keep playing, but we fought all year and never gave up.”