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MAX MEADOWS –– Carroll County pulled away from a tie score in the final two minutes and secured a top-four finish for itself in the First Bank of Virginia Christmas Tournament, knocking off Grayson County 63-57 Tuesday at Fort Chiswell High School.
The Cavaliers (6-0) faced Radford in Wednesday’s second round, with the winner taking on Floyd County in Thursday’s championship game. The Carroll-Radford loser met Fort Chiswell in the third-place contest.
Grayson County, which played Carroll County for the third time in a five-game stretch, was relegated to no better than a fifth-place finish. The Blue Devils (5-2) took on Graham on Wednesday.
Landon Frost’s stickback knotted the game at 52-all for Grayson County with 3:33 to play, but Austin Horton scored inside on back-to-back possessions put Carroll County in front for good.
After a defensive stop, the Cavaliers killed nearly a full minute with a high weave before the Blue Devils finally sent Carroll’s Ryan Gravley to the foul line. The Cavalier point guard would sink 7-of-8 free throws in the final 38 seconds to secure the win.
The word ‘secure’ was the last thing on anyone’s mind in the first half as the two teams combined for an atrocious 38 turnovers before intermission. Carroll County came up with 14 steals among Grayson’s 21 first-half giveaways, while the Blue Devils had 12 steals of the Cavaliers’ 17 first-half turnovers.
Carroll County had six turnovers in the first three minutes, however both teams managed to do a little scoring amidst all the throwaways. Mikey Rodgers scored twice in transition for Grayson as the Cavaliers burned two timeouts in the first 5:34 after falling behind 10-4. A Horton three-point play sparked a 7-0 run for Carroll, which took a 15-14 lead after the first period.
After five ties early in the second quarter, Connor Lundy splashed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:47 of the half to spot the Cavaliers a 32-28 lead at the break.
Carroll County led by as many as eight points midway through the third quarter, taking a 38-30 lead when Gravley fed Wes Smoot with a lob pass for an easy two. The Blue Devils’ Austin Bedsaul ended Carroll’s 6-0 run with a 3-pointer followed by a steal and layup. Frost finished a fast break and Adam Wyatt sank a foul shot to cap a 10-1 Grayson County run, but the Devils managed just two points the final 3:30 of the third.
Grayson County missed a chance at a four- or five-point possession after a technical foul on the Carroll bench during the run. The Blue Devils made just one of the two free throws then promptly fired a pass into the stands. Carroll County regrouped and held a 43-42 lead heading into the fourth.
Frost and Rodgers both hit deep 2-point jumpers and two layups and Frost swished two foul shots as Grayson County took a 50-47 lead early in the fourth. The Cavaliers responded with a 5-0 spurt capped by Duncan Reece’s putback.
Lundy would lead four Cavaliers in double figures with 18 points and Gravley scored 15, including 8-of-9 free throw shooting. Horton added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Smoot scored 10.
Frost’s 17 points paced Grayson County while Rodgers scored 11 and Lucas Rudy chipped in 10. Two of the Devils’ top three scorers, Max Rodgers and Ty Cannaday, were limited to five total points.
Grayson County......14 14 14 15––57
Carroll County.........15 17 11 20––63
Grayson County (5-2)
Frost 6 5-9 17, Cannaday 0 3-4 3, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Rudy 4 2-2 10, Mk.Rodgers 5 0-2 11, Mx.Rodgers 1 0-1 2, Wyatt 1 1-2 3, Bedsaul 3 1-4 8, Anders 1 1-2 3. Totals 21 13-26 57.
Carroll County (6-0)
Gravley 3 8-9 15, C.Smoot 0 0-0 0, Beamer 0 0-0 0, Lundy 7 2-2 18, Keith 2 2-4 6, Lineberry 1 0-0 2, W.Smoot 4 2-8 10, Reece 0 0-0 0, Horton 4 4-5 12, Snow 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 18-28 63.
Three-point field goals – Grayson County 2-11 (Mk.Rodgers, Bedsaul), Carroll County 2-16 (Lundy 2). Rebounds – Grayson County 40 (Mx.Rodgers 8), Carroll County 36 (Horton 11). Turnovers – Grayson County 31, Carroll County 24. Team fouls – Grayson County 18, Carroll County 19. Fouled out – Horton. Technical fouls – Carroll County bench.