With loss, Lady Buffs still in state tourney

Lady Buffaloes leading scorer Ragan Wiseman at the State Championship game in 2015.
Lady Buffaloes leading scorer Ragan Wiseman at the State Championship game in 2015.

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffelos’ streak of blowout post-season wins ended Wednesday night with a hard-fought 64-53 loss to Ridgeview at the UVa-Wise Arena.

The loss, however, does not eliminate the team from contention for the Virginia High School League State Tournament that begins in Salem next week.  Their win in the first round of the regional playoffs gave them a spot in the state tourney.

They face Chatham in the 2A/West Regional consolation game in Wise at noon Saturday.  The outcome of the game determines match ups in the first round of the state tourney in Salem next week.

Even with the loss, leading Lady Buffaloes scorer Ragan Wiseman was honored Wedneday night for setting a new record in points for the team, breaking Brittany Avencini’s previous mark of 1,510 points.  Wiseman began the game with 1,534 points.

Wiseman’s game, however, ended with a sprained ankle with 12 minutes to go.

“It’s a bad sprain right now,” Buffaloes assistant coach Travis Cantrell told The Roanoke Times after the game.  “We’re going to have to wait and see how it’s feeling tomorrow.”

For Floyd Countians traveling to the game, the quickest route we have found is taking Interstate 81 to Abington (Exit 17) and then U.S. 58 Alternate to Wise (See map below).   That route is 161 miles from Floyd to Wise.

The University of Virginia-Wise campus is on the Southeastern edge of Wise.  It’s a three-hour drive with no traffic problems.

Ridgeview will face Union in the Regional Final Saturday evening.

All four of the teams in Saturday’s regional final will play next week in the state tournament in Salem.  The Lady Buffs have lost in regional play before and still made it to the state championship final four in Richmond.

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