In a conference basketball final of contrasts, domination was the central theme as one Floyd County High School team won going away and the other fell — but both will continue next week in search of state titles.
The Lady Buffs, as is their style, overwhelmed the competition from Martinsville in the opener, 96-39, with ten players scoring, led by Regan Wiseman with 18, Hannah Belshan at 17, Emily Booth with 14 and Carley Lytton rounding out the quartet of double-digit scorers at 13.
After a closer than normal first quarter, the Lady Buffs pulled away in the second and never looked back. With the conference championship under their belts, the Lady Buffs open regional play at home Tuesday against Gretna.
In the boys conference finale, the Buffaloes fell behind early to a Martinsville team where height and rebound capability dominated and trailed the Henry County school 37-19 at end of a half where the Bulldogs dominated the boards and rebounding.
Floyd bounced back in the second half and played the Bulldogs on a more even keel but the early deficit was too much to overcome and the Buffaloes fell 79-61 even with 12 three-point goals. Martinsville held the high-scoring Caleb Tanner to just 10 points in the first half. Tanner finished the night with 32 points and Justin Cunduff dropped in 12 — including nine from three-point goals.
The loss, however, did not eliminate the Buffaloes from the regional playoff picture but did cost the boys the home court advantage that the Lady Buffs have. Floyd travels to Dan River Wednesday to open regional play against Dan River.
More photos and Roger Mannon’s story on the game in next week’s Floyd Press.