ONA, W.Va. - Ding, dong, Lina Villanueva's slump is dead.
The sophomore guard scored 11 points off the bench, including five straight late in the fourth quarter to give South Charleston the lead for good in a 57-51 upset Tuesday night of state-ranked Cabell Midland. A crowd of about 120 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference West Division matchup.
Villanueva, who didn't enter until the second quarter, knocked down a 3-pointer with two minutes to go to give the Black Eagles the advantage for the final time at 53-51. She then converted a pair of free-throw attempts with 1:03 remaining to put SC in front 55-51.
The Black Eagles went back to their full-court press, which had hampered Midland all night, and forced several turnovers. Then freshman guard Aaliyah Dunham and Alexia Wade made 1 of 2 foul shots apiece in the final 201/2 seconds to salt away the game. SC freshman guard ShyAnne Dunham punctuated the victory with a steal as the clock ran out.
Midland, which was No. 7 in this week's Associated Press Class AAA poll, used a 14-2 run in the middle of the fourth to take a 51-49 lead on senior wing Stephanie Bias' 3 with 3:16 left.
Villanueva hit double figures for the first time in nine games, averaging just 4.3 points during that span. The last several games she hadn't been in the starting lineup.
"My shots had been off and whenever I hit [the 3-pointer] I knew I got my team back in the game,'' said Villanueva, who sank 4 of 7 shots from the floor. "I gave my team confidence.''
"Lina's really given us a spark coming off the bench,'' added SC coach Gary Greene. "It's nice to know that you've got a kid with that kind of athletic ability. She thought she wasn't helping the team as much as we thought she was helping the team. She's playing much better right now. She's a tremendous asset.''
Aaliyah Dunahm and ShyAnne Dunham led the way with 15 points apiece for SC (13-2), which moved to 4-0 in the MSAC's West Division. Aaliyah Dunham handed out five assists and ShyAnne Dunham grabbed eight rebounds. SC sophomore wing Taliah Cashwell chipped in 13 points and junior post Aryaunna Mosley landed nine boards and came up with five steals.