Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

LITTLE GENERAL SHOOTOUT AT THE BIG HOUSE ; Cashwell's Last-Second Shot Lifts No. 3 SC over No. 1 Morgantown

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

LITTLE GENERAL SHOOTOUT AT THE BIG HOUSE ; Cashwell's Last-Second Shot Lifts No. 3 SC over No. 1 Morgantown

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Behind the chaos South Charleston point guard Aaliyah Dunham triggered with her last-ditch drive to the basket against undefeated Morgantown, Taliah Cashwell chilled out at the 3-point line. "Chilled being the operative term. Dunham missed and Rhea Smith kept the rebound alive and passed the ball to Cashwell, who seemed oblivious to the stakes.

With the clock tumbling to zero and no one guarding her, Cashwell calmly set herself and fired. Nothing but net, and the Black Eagles toppled top-ranked Morgantown 46-45.

Coach Jason White, whose Mohigans (18-1) have defeated 17 foes by double digits, may have been the least surprised person in the Civic Center. Cashwell made three other 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 19 points.

"Not a lot of girls in the state make that shot, White said.

That was the day's only lead for the third-ranked Black Eagles (14-2), who suffered a 23-7 deficit after one quarter and trailed 37- 20 with 3:01 left in the third quarter.

At that point, the Eagles finally perked up, scoring the last nine of the third quarter and first five of the fourth. Dunham finished the third with a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer, and then opened the final 8 minutes with a basket off a nice spin move. The game was stopped to acknowledge her 1,000th career point.

After a steal and two stops, Cashwell hit a 3 to cut the margin to 37-34. The Mohigans answered that basket and three more, leading 45-40 with the ball and the clock ticking under 1:30.

Their patient, clock-milking possession lasted to the 1:00 mark, when Lydia Adrian slid her pivot foot while trying to pass back out.

After SC retained possession on a hard-fought tie-up with the possession arrow in its favor, Dunham hit a deep 3-pointer to cut the margin to 45-43 - the closest the Eagles had been since 2-0. Then Dunham forced Adrian into another turnover, and SC coach Gary Greene took a timeout with 12. …

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