The pursuit of another state championship by the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes came to a jarring end Friday night in Riner with Ridgeview winning 53-46 loss in the Virginia High School League’s (VHSL) Class 2 state semifinal game at Auburn High School.
Ridgeview’s Lady Wolfpack took the lead with their first goal — a three pointer — after the Lady Buffaloes scored first with two and led by three points in the first quarter and as much as 13 points at one point until the Floyd girls went 7-0 in the fourth to cut the lead to just six with just over two minutes left, then to five with 1:09 remaining on the clock but missed shots and wayward free throws kept an elusive victory away.
With a regional championship just four days earlier, the Lady Buffs went into the game against Ridgeview with a high-ranking and home team status but a stifling defense and turnovers turned the tide.
Missed free throws added to the problem and a shallow bench from injuries that had just three players in reserve added to Floyd’s problems.
Still, the teat started with losses earlier in the year hits its stride in the playoffs and kept piling up wins to finish the season with an 18-10 record that turned around the 3-7 start and put the Lady Buffs into the state quarterfinals twice in the last three years.
Alexis Kiser finished the night with 19 points — the only team member in double digits and the team that often scored a string of three-pointers throughout the season managed just one in Friday’s game.
Kiser is part of a strong group of sophomores who led many games in scoring so the team will be worth watching in the next couple of seasons.