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Cee-Bees drop hard-fought part closing to Doddridge County

BLACKSVILLE — The final time Doddridge County and Clay-Battelle met on the hardwood, the sport got here right down to the ultimate 30 seconds because the Cee-Bees prevailed by 4 factors.

Friday’s Class A Area I, Part 2 championship was simply as tight, though with a reversed consequence because the Bulldogs pulled via with a 71-65 victory.

“Final time we had been right here we misplaced by 4 and it was one other tight sport (Friday),” Doddridge County coach Paul Burnside mentioned. “I simply instructed our guys to return in and play with confidence.”

There was little separation all through the sport because the Bulldogs’ largest lead was 10 factors early within the first quarter. 

The distinction within the sport was a 12-0 run by Doddridge within the third quarter that erased a seven-point deficit, CB’s largest lead of the night, and put the Bulldogs up 5, 47-42.

“Down the stretch, we missed some simple photographs and took some dangerous photographs,” CB coach Josh Kisner mentioned. “They executed on their finish. 

“I believed they outplayed us (Friday).” 

Clay-Battelle hung round for all the fourth quarter, however simply couldn’t string sufficient defensive stops collectively to go on any kind of run to retake the lead. Doddridge led for all the body, however by no means by greater than eight factors.

“Our guys simply battled all the way in which to the top,” Burnside mentioned. “We didn’t flip the ball over as a lot within the second half and we executed down the stretch. I’m very happy with our crew.”

Enjoying at a measurement drawback, the Bulldogs needed to play extra of a fringe sport than problem CB forwards Colby Barr and Preston Luzader, as they did within the first assembly. As such Doddridge hit seven three-pointers within the first half from 4 completely different gamers.

“I instructed the fellows that we simply wanted to make it possible for once we had (an open shot) we took it,” Burnside mentioned. “If it wasn’t simple, then don’t (shoot), particularly once we bought up. We would have liked to verify we had been good with the ball.”

The Bulldogs hit 4 triples in an early sport blitz that noticed them soar out to a 16-6 lead within the first quarter. CB responded with a brand new protection and went on an 8-2 run to shut the body. Higher protection had the Cee-Bees main 35-33 on the break.

Clay-Battelle had issues rolling to start out the second half, scoring three simple baskets to guide 42-35 till the offense dried up and Doddridge started its 12-0 run.

“We missed a few simple ones,” Kisner mentioned. “At one level within the third quarter, we got here out and had been up 5, took a nasty shot, had a turnover and so they got here down and hit back-to-back photographs on us and so they’re proper again at it.”

Jerod Trent led a balanced Doddridge offense with a formidable 24 factors. Jacob Dehaven (13), Brandon Hileman (12) and Landon Thomas (10) additionally completed in double figures.

Barr had a game-high 26 factors for CB, however solely had two subject objectives within the fourth quarter because the Bulldogs centered on denying him the ball within the submit. Luzader scored 13 factors and JC Spears scored 11 with a pair of treys.

Doddridge will host a Class A Area I co-final on Tuesday towards Madonna at 7 p.m. Clay-Battelle will journey to Cameron, the Part 1 champion, for the opposite co-final on the similar time.

CB misplaced at Cameron by seven factors earlier this season. A loss subsequent Tuesday ends the Cee-Bees’ season whereas a win sends them to the state match.

“We’re going to lose one, (the part closing) is the one to lose,” Kisner mentioned. “I count on us to return out (Tuesday), play onerous and see what occurs. You’ve bought to have a short-term reminiscence. We’ll be taught from our errors, transfer ahead and play for the subsequent one.”

Doddridge County 71, Clay-Battelle 65
Dodd 18 15 14 24 — 71
CB 14 21 9 21 — 65
DODDRIDGE COUNTY — Hileman 3 4-4 12; Thomas 4 0-0 10; Trent 9 2-2 24; Dehaven 5 1-1 13; Solomon 3 0-0 6; Kimball 1 2-2 4; Cross 0 0-2 0; Adams 0 2-2 2.
CLAY-BATTELLE — Spears 3 3-3 11; Ponceroff 1 0-0 3; Payton 3 2-2 9; Barr 9 8-9 26; Luzader 5 3-3 13; Morgan 1 0-0 3.
3-Pt. Objectives — Doddridge County 10 (Trent 4, Hileman 2, Thomas 2, Dehaven 2). Clay-Battelle 5 (Spears 2, Ponceroff 1, Payton 1, Morgan 1).