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Mullins fires up 27 to power Lady Warriors past ’Pack

Kevin Mays • Jan 9, 2019 at 1:28 AM

CLINTWOOD — Olivia Mullins picked a big game to have her biggest night on the basketball court.

Mullins scored a career-high 27 points Tuesday to lead Wise Central to a key 53-44 Mountain 7 District win over Ridgeview.

“I was just really glad to help my team out,” Mullins said. “I just knew I had to help and do what I could do because I’m a senior.”

Mullins hit 5 of 8 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. She also connected on 14 of 19 free throws, had eight rebounds and totaled four assists.

“It was the best game she’s ever had. Not just scoring, but controlling the game,” said coach Robin Dotson, whose Lady Warriors (10-3, 4-0) are the only unbeaten team in district play.

“It’s a big win, but there’s a lot of big games,” he added. “It’s just every night out you got to be ready to play and you’ve got to make the plays. To come in here and get a win is big for us.”

Central’s defensive game complemented Mullins’ offensive output. The Lady Warriors held Ridgeview star Bailey Frazier to five points and didn’t allow a single Wolfpack player to reach double figures in the scoring category.

Nikole Counts led Ridgeview with nine points.

QUICK START

Counts hit a free throw just over a minute into the game to give Ridgeview (9-3, 2-1) a 1-0 lead. Seconds later, Mullins hit her first basket of the game to give Central a 2-1 advantage. The Lady Warriors never trailed again.

That’s not to say the Wolfpack didn’t make a run. After Central outscored Ridgeview 15-6 in the third quarter to build a 42-26 lead, the ’Pack used full-court pressure defense to chip away at the deficit throughout the final period.

With 1:40 left to play, Ridgeview got within six, 49-43, on a basket by Cassidy Thomas but couldn’t climb any closer.

“Coach Dotson always tells us to keep our composure,” Mullins said. “We don’t always do a good job of keeping our composure, but tonight we did a good job.”

WOLFPACK BOYS PULL STUNNER

Ridgeview (7-5, 1-2) ended a five-game losing streak and picked up its first Mountain 7 win with the 59-41 upset.

Gabe Counts led the Wolfpack with 23 points, Tyler O’Quin finished with 15 and Gabe Brown added 12.

Bryson Collins led Central (9-5, 2-2) with 15 points.

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