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Lady Hornets win first sectional title since 1983

LUCASVILLE — First, Chelsea Markins talked the talk. Then, she walked the walk.

With the Coal Grove Lady Hornets trailing by 10 points in the second quarter and Lynchburg Clay’s Wendy Martin already scoring 20 points, coach Nick Miller called a timeout with 4:24 on the clock.

“A big turning points was when I called timeout,” Miller said. “Chelsea looked at the other girls and said ‘Don’t quit.’

“I told the other girls that Martin was killing us and we had to stop her. Chelsea said, ‘Let me guard her.’ From that point on (Martin) scored 7 points the rest of the game.”

Shutting down Martin enable Coal Grove to rally and eventually hold on for a 47-44 win over the Lady Mustangs. The win gave the Lady Hornets the Division III sectional championship, their first sectional title since 1983.

“That was a big win for our seniors. They had a big part of the comeback. Now we just want to play another day and we really don’t care who we play,” Miller said.

Martin scored 12 points in the first quarter as Lynchburg took a 16-10 lead. Jordyn Cox had 5 points to keep the Lady Hornets close.

Markins and Martin traded points in the second quarter with each one scoring 8 points and it was 28-22 at the break.

Coal Grove went to work defensively in the third quarter by holding the Lady Mustangs to just 4 points and taking a 33-32.

“We played good defense in the third quarter, but they hit two 3’s in a row right at the end of the quarter,” Miller said.

The Lady Hornets had a chance to pull away late but missed four straight foul shots with under two minutes to play. Cox finally scored to put Coal Grove up 45-42 with 40 seconds left.

Lynchburg (13-9) missed a shot and Markins was fouled and made both shots to give Coal Grove a 47-42 lead.

“Both teams played hard. It was a physical game,” Miller said.

Markins finished with 22 points, Cox had 13 and Samantha Hall scored 11. Markins and Cox each made three 3-pointers.

Martin was the only Mustang in double figures with her 27 points.

Coal Grove plays at 8 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Monday’s Alexander-Fairland game.

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LYNCHBURG CLAY (13-9): Wendy Martin 10 0 7-11 27, Kelsey Lewis 2 0 1-2 5, Cali Hatten 1 0 0-3 2, Lindsey Hawk 0 0 0-0 0, Lucy Wright 1 1 0-0 5, Melissa Cinnamon 0 1 0-0 3, Jamie Davidson 1 0 0-2 2. Totals: 15

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8-18

44. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: None.

COAL GROVE (18-4): Abby Nance 0 0 0-0 0, Samantha Zornes 0 0 0-1 0, Ashlee Thacker 0 0 0-0 0, Brittany Harrison 1 0 0-0 2, Daniel Carpenter 0 0 0-2 0, Jordyn Cox 1 3 2-2 13, Chelsea Delong 0 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Markins 3 3 6-9 22, Samantha Hall 4 1 0-0 11. Totals: 9

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8-14

47. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: Harrison.