Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes lost to the Ridgeview Wolpack 72-61 in a hard-fought match that could have gone either way after a slow start that had the Lady Buffs trailing 17-7 at the end of the first quarter but fought back to tie the game several times in the second and ended the half training 26-25.
The game ebbed and flowed in the second half before Ridgeview pulled away to the 11-point margin at the end, which also ended Floyd’s pursuit of another state championship.
Floyd led twice but could not hold on to either advantage.
Ragan Wiseman, playing with pain because of a tightly-bound severe sprained ankle she suffered in the Lady Buffs’ loss to Ridgeview in the regional tournament, led scorers with 24 points. Michaela Thompson had 16 points and Abi Belshan 11 but they, Wiseman and Natalie Booth fouled out of the tough game.
Ridgeview is a new school created by a merger with Haysi and another school in Dickenson County. The new school moved up form 1A to 2A in state rankings this year.
The Wolfpack goes to the state championship final at the Siegel Center on Saturday while the Lady Buffs go home, ending a good season that brought the team to yet another trip to the final four in Richmond.
The Lady Buffs, under coach Alan Cantrell and, in recent years, with assistance from his son, Travis, have won multiple championships and have gone to the final four in three of the last four years, including their latest championship in 2013.
Wisman, a senior, topped the old Floyd County career girls’ scoring record earlier previously held by Brittany Avancini this year and will attend the University of Richmond this fall.