BY SCOTT FISHER
SUN SPORTS WRITER
AFTON - Chuckey-Doak's basketball teams each had something to play for Saturday night. The Lady Knights were looking to gain momentum heading into next week's postseason, while the Knights were trying to improve their seeding for the boys' District 2-AA tournament.
The Black Knights had the opportunity to earn the No. 2 seed if they knocked off visiting Cumberland Gap, but the Panthers were able to hold on for a 52-45 and drop Chuckey-Doak to the third seed.
The Lady Knights, meanwhile, earned a quality win as they controlled the game the entire way en route to a 71-39 victory over the Lady Panthers.
Chuckey-Doak will celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday against Hampton.
BLACK KNIGHTS COME UP SHORT
With both teams knowing what was at stake Saturday, the visitors were the ones who rose to the occasion and took hold of the No. 2 seed.
Offensively, neither team did much to impress the fans on hand. At times the points were difficult to come by.
The final of 52-45 reflects the struggles each team experienced throughout the contest. The Panthers shot the better percentage (46.3 to 36.3) but it was not a significant difference in the game.
"We could not get it to fall," said Chuckey-Doak head coach Sam Broyles. "We could not score. We could not get on a roll offensively."
After scoring just nine points in the opening quarter, the Black Knights scored 12 points in each of the last three quarters. Chuckey-Doak never had the scoring burst to get things going its way.
The Black Knights began the game by holding the Panthers to just six points through the first period. Unfortunately, Chuckey-Doak did not take advantage of the slow start by Cumberland Gap.
The two squads exchanged baskets in the first six minutes of the second before the Panthers closed the half with a 10-5 run to grab a 26-21 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, each team put up 12 points to help Cumberland Gap maintain its five-point cushion heading into the final quarter.
Cory Swinney and Brirkik Vidisson each sank two baskets apiece in the third to try to rally the team. Swinney's two made shots came from behind the three-point arc. Swinney had a game-high 16 points in the loss.
The difference in the fourth quarter was Cumberland Gap getting to the free-throw line and making eight of 10 attempts.
Garrett Johnson knocked down two big three-pointers to give his squad a chance to get a come from behind win.
With just over one minute remaining, Vidisson's basket trimmed the lead down to 45-40. The Panthers responded by sinking five-of-six free throws to push the lead to 50-40 with 27.5 seconds left.
Johnson was the only Black Knight other than Swinney to reach double-digit scoring with 13 points.
A disappointed Broyles did not fault the effort of team's effort or desire. He was frustrated by the poor shooting.
"When we needed a big basket, we missed a layup or an open shot," he said.
Despite dropping to the No. 3 seed, Broyles is confident his team will respond.
still have to play hard," he said.
"It won't be easy."
LAMB SHINES IN CDHS WIN
Head coach Beth Frye wanted to spark her team out of its recent mediocre play. So, she turned up the intensity.
The Lady Black Knights came out with a full-court press and used that energy to propel themselves to a 71-39 victory over visiting Cumberland Gap in a Blue Ridge Athletic Conference matchup.
"I thought our energy level was low in recent games," Frye said. "I wanted to fire them up."
Also, Frye hoped the defensive pressure applied by Chuckey-Doak could help the struggling offense.
"We need to create points off our offense," Frye said. "It helps our offense to get easy looks."
The pressure quickly got to the Lady Panthers. The Lady Knights jumped out to a 9-0 in the first three minutes of the game.
Chuckey-Doak rode that quick start to a 19-9 lead through the first quarter of play. Andi Lamb set the pace early by scoring 10 of her game-high 36 points in the opening quarter.
"She did a really good job," Frye said. "She got back on track. That is what we need."
In the second quarter, Cumberland Gap did a better job of handling the pressure and played the Lady Knights fairly even. Chuckey-Doak scored 13 compared to 12 for the Lady Panthers.
The score at the half was 32-21 in favor of the home-standing Lady Knights.
Lamb kept up her scoring pace by netting nine more points. She had 19 of her team's 32 points in the first half.
Once again, Chuckey-Doak started a half strong. The Lady Knights opened the third quarter with a 12-2 run in the first 1:29. Lamb scored all nine points.
The lead grew from 11 points to 17 points in a blink of an eye. It eventually grew to as many as 23 points later in the third quarter.
The Lady Knights poured in 25 points in the eight minutes of the third period, while Cumberland Gap managed to score 14 points during the same time.
When Chuckey-Doak pushed the lead to nearly 30 midway through the final quarter, Frye took out Lamb and the rest of the starters. Lamb finished with 36 points in three-and-a-half quarters.
Eight different Lady Knights scored in the win. Taylor Campbell was the only other player besides Lamb to reach double-digit scoring with 10 points. Hailey Taylor and Hannah Riddle each contributed six points.
Ashley Ridgeley led Cumberland Gap with nine points.