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G-Girls outscore Bearcats
Graham (56) Vs. Virginia High (51)
Feb 11, 2016
By GEORGE THWARTS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, Va. — Headed into Thursday night’s game at Graham Middle School, the Virginia High girls basketball team already had a lock on the top seed to next week’s Southern Empire Conference (39) tournament in Bristol.
That didn’t keep the G-Girls from playing like it was still up for grabs.
Dejah Carter scored 21 points and hauled in 16 rebounds and Graham held on for a 56-51 win over the visiting Lady Bearcats.
“We just didn’t contain the big girl. She out-rebounded us single-handedly ... by herself,” said Virginia High head coach Kevin Timmons, who’d hoped Lady Bearcats post Savannah Jacobs would rise to the occasion.
“(Jacobs) plays travel ball with her. She should understand how big she is. She should know better than anybody else in the conference because they play together all summer,” Timmons said.
“I can’t make any excuses for her. We just needed to box out. Dejah wanted it more on the glass,” he said.
As Graham’s inside game went, so did the outside. Lexi Kiser hit four 3-pointers on her way to 19 points for the G-Girls (12-6).
Kiser said she had no idea what Graham’s seeding for next week’s tournament will be nor whether the G-Girls will end up playing Richlands to settle the No. 2 seed. On Thursday, the team was focused on what was in front of them.
“Virginia High is a powerhouse team and they’re a great program with a great coach. We knew we had to come out and work hard for this win,” said Kiser, who also praised the effort Graham got on the boards from Karrah Large and Casey Spencer.
“They all contributed on the boards. They attacked it and got the rebounds we needed to win that game,” Kiser said.
Carly Moretto, who opened the third quarter with a trey for the 37-29 lead, finished with 11 points. She also opened the fourth frame with a trifecta.
“I think its a difficult job for a freshman point guard type person. She and Lexi can pretty much interchange in the point. She handles herself well and sees the pass well. She’s just honing those skills every game,” said Graham head coach Jessica Gunter.
Taylor Owens and Hayley Bryant led Virginia High with 14 points apiece.
The G-Girls may or may not still need to face Richlands either Friday or Saturday before the balance of next week’s tournament schedule can be set. In the meantime, Virginia High was a tone-setter.
“This was a good test for us going into the tournament ... to finish the season strong. We were handling shooters and handling inside play,” said Gunter, whose squad hasn’t played Richlands even once during the regular season.

At Graham Middle School
VIRGINIA HIGH (18-5)
Amaya Lee 0 1-2 1, Jada Campbell 4 0-0 10, Taylor Owens 5 1-2 14, Kristen Wilson 1 0-0 2, Hayley Bryant 6 0-0 14, Kerrigan Bailey 0 0-2 0, Jasmine Hightshoe 0 0-2 0, Lauren Deleon 0 0-0 0, Baylee Nave 1 0-2 2, Savannah Jacobs 3 0-1 6. Totals 20 2-11 51,
GRAHAM (12-6)
Lexi Kiser 5 5-9 19, Brittany Tignor 0 0-0 0, Kathryn Perdue 0 0-0 0, Caitlin Vance 1 0-0 2, Carly Moretto 3 3-5 11, Casey Spencer 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Rife 0 0-0 0. Karrah Large 1 1-2 3, Dejah Carter 8 5-7 21. Totals 18 14-23 56.
Virginia High..............15 14 8 14 — 51
Graham......................11 23 11 11 — 56
3-point goals: Virginia High 9 (Campbell 2, Owens 3, Bryant 4), Virginia High 6 (Kiser 4, Moretto 2).
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Graham 11 23 11 11 0 56
Virginia High 15 14 8 14 0 51
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