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Lord Botetourt goes on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat Broadway in the regional semifinals.
John Wimmer | Special to The Roanoke Times
Lord Botetourt's Kennedi VanRavestein hits a lay up with 6 seconds left in the third quarter to help teh Cavaliers rally to beat Broadway.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
MONETA — Thanks to three straight 3-pointers, the Lord Botetourt girls basketball team did not have to see a third consecutive season end in the regional semifinals.
Lord Botetourt clinched a state tournament berth by rallying past Broadway 47-41 in a Region III Division 4 semifinal Wednesday at Staunton River High School.
The Cavaliers (15-10), who made three 3-pointers during a 13-0 fourth-quarter run, screamed and hugged one another after clinching a state playoff bid for the first time since 2009.
“Finally, we pushed through,” senior point guard Emily Wampler said. “It’s awesome. It’s probably the best feeling ever.”
“We really, really wanted it,” sophomore Tanner Price said.
Lord Botetourt will meet Heritage (23-2) in the Region III Division 4 final at 7 p.m. Friday at Staunton River.
Wampler, who is heading to NCAA Division II member North Greenville (S.C.) on a partial basketball scholarship, scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 35-29 early in the fourth, the Cavaliers went on a 13-0 run to grab a 42-35 lead with 2:01 to go. Wampler had seven points in the run, which she began with a jumper.
Meaghan Catron , Price and Wampler combined for three straight 3-pointers to give the Cavaliers a 40-35 lead. Price’s 3-pointer with 4:40 left gave Lord Botetourt its first lead since the first quarter.
Wampler made two free throws to conclude the run.
“We just finally clicked,” Wampler said. “We knew we had to take care of business and we only had one quarter left. We had four seniors out there and we all wanted to make it very badly, so we knew we had to pick the intensity up.”
Bridgewater College recruit Heather Cantrell had 18 points for the Gobblers (18-6), who were seeking to make the state tournament for the second straight year. Cantrell was scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Two years ago, the Cavaliers won 21 games but lost in the regional semifinals. Last year, the Cavaliers won 20 games but lost to Broadway in the regional semifinals.
“I kind of had a chip on my shoulder from last year’s regional semifinal game,” Wampler said.
The Cavaliers and Gobblers also squared off two months ago in Cave Spring’s Christmas tournament, with Broadway winning 73-37.
Cantrell said the physicality of Wednesday’s game was the difference between the December meeting and the rematch.
“We were allowed to be a lot more physical here and we [weren’t] physical back,” Cantrell said.
Lord Botetourt got off to a 3-8 start this season but has won 12 of its past 14 games.
“This team has had to work for everything and scratch and claw the whole way,” Cavaliers coach Chuck Pound said. “I couldn’t be prouder of any team we’ve had going to the state tournament.”
Broadway shot 30 percent from the field. The Gobblers were 1 of 18 from 3-point range.
“We just in the second half came out flat and we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn,” Cantrell said.
Morgan 1 0-0 3, Cantrell 6 6-8 18, Roadcap 5 0-0 10, Zook 4 0-2 8, Earhart 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 8-12 41.
LORD BOTETOURT (15-10)
VanRavenstein 2 4-10 9, Wampler 3 6-6 13, Toppel 1 4-4 6, Catron 2 2-2 7, Martin 3 0-0 6, Price 2 0-0 6. Totals 13 16-22 47.
Broadway 15 9 9 8—41
Lord Botetourt 9 12 8 18—47
3-point goals — Broadway 1 (Morgan), LB 5 (Price 2, VanRavestein, Wampler, Catron).
Total fouls — Broadway 15, Lord Botetourt 11. Fouled out — Morgan.
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