Blacksburg topples Lady CardinalsPublished 11:31am Saturday, December 22, 2012
Landrum’s varsity girl’s basketball team met the Wildcats from Blacksburg in a grudge match Tuesday night, Dec. 18.
The Wildcats took the win on the road 61-51.
Both teams played tough defense in the first half making it hard to score inside and forcing both to rely on perimeter shooting to score. With 4:15 left in the first half the Cardinals had the lead with the score 22-21. The Wildcats came back and tied it with 3:04 left. Landrum strong forward Taylor Jenkins then scored from inside the paint and got fouled, which put her on the line for a chance to make it a 3-point shot. After making the free throw it put the Cardinals up 25-22 with 1:59 left until half time. That wasn’t enough to hold Blacksburg. Both teams went into the second half with the score tied 27-27.
The second half saw the Cardinals and the Wildcats hitting the court with the same intensity from earlier. In the third quarter the Wildcats made a run on the Cardinals with strong play from Jasmine Dameron, Makala Ruffin and Shelesa Degree. At the end of the third quarter Landrum was down by 9 points with the score 46-37. The Blacksburg Wildcats held that lead through the fourth quarter to beat the Lady Cardinals by 11 points.
Senior Macy Atkins led the Cardinals in scoring with 14 points followed by Taylor Jenkins with 13, Becca Burress with 9, Lauren Pitts with 6, Lexy Schulman and Sydnie Brown both with 4 points and Rachel Cooper with 1. The top scorers for Blacksburg were Makala Ruffin with 21 points followed by Jasmine Dameron with 19 and Shalesa Degree with 12. The Landrum Cardinals play on home turf next in the school’s annual Battle of the Border Tournament beginning Dec. 27.