RICHMOND - The number one girls team in the ABC 13 Full Court Press Top 13 poll will play for a state title. Floyd County outscored George Mason 32-20 in the 4th quarter to win the VHSL Division 2 state semifinal Friday at VCU's Siegel Center.
The Buffaloes trailed by one point going to the final period.
Coach Travis Cantrell said, "It was a team effort. We got down a couple of times but they showed a lot of heart. Defensively we got some big stops and some hustle plays in the 4th quarter to provide a momentum shift."
Floyd County will face the winner of the Wise Central-Clarke County game Saturday at 3 p.m. in the finals.
Floyd County's Carley Lytton scored 23 points and was 12 of 14 from the free throw line in her first appearance in the final four. "I was pretty excited but I started rough because of my nerves," she said.
Amanda Hollandsworth scored 16 points and added seven rebounds.
Floyd County, a perennial contender, has made recent playoff runs but hasn't won a title since 2008. Cantrell said, "The last two years we felt like it finished a little too soon. Our goal has been to win a championship and bring it home to all of our fans and our school."
Floyd County will play for its fourth state championship with titles in 2008, 1994, and 1993.
George Mason's Stephanie Cheney scored 33 points and had 16 rebounds in the loss. "We knew she was a great player and after playing against her she's even better than we thought," Cantrell explained.
Cheney finished her high school career with 2,120 points.
Cantrell also said the support the Buffaloes have is tremendous. "To travel this far, a lot of them are so dedicated. They'll probably drive home and then come back [Saturday] for the championship game."
Floyd County forced George Mason into 33 turnovers. Mason averaged 12 a game coming into the contest. The Buffaloes also made 25 of their 34 free throws.
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