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Carroll comeback falls short

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The Cavs came from 17 down to tie it in the final minute before falling to Marion 72-67.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County trailed Marion by as many as 17 points before reeling in the Scarlet Hurricane with a minute to go, but the comeback lost steam and the Cavaliers were handed a 72-67 defeat in a Southwest District game Thursday.

The loss dropped Carroll County to 2-16 overall, 1-8 in the district, while Marion improved to 7-10, 4-4. “Second half, I was proud of the kids’ effort,” said Cavalier coach Brad Hawks. “I though we came out dead. We didn’t have practice for five days, then last night we had to go to Grundy, and we were real sluggish in the first half. I’m real proud of the second half, but we’ve got to play four quarters.” Having wasted what appeared to be an insurmountable lead, Marion found itself in a battle when the Cavaliers tied the game on back-to-back 3-pointers by freshman guard Ryan Gravley. But after having missed six of its previous eight free throws, Marion knocked down eight in a row in the final 26 seconds to hang on to the win. Garrett Johnson gave Marion the lead for good when he answered Gravley’s second 3-pointer with a driving layup just inside the one-minute mark. Carroll had two turnovers sandwiched around a Tyler Reavis layup while Johnson canned four foul shots and Ronnie Funk hit two more for a 70-64 lead with nine seconds to go. A 3-pointer by Reavis pulled Carroll to within 70-67 with 2.2 seconds left, but Gavin Roe iced the win for Marion with two more from the free throw line. “They’re a well-coached team and they’ve got the player of the year in the Roe kid, in my opinion,” Hawks said. “He made some big-time plays for them.” Carroll County shot an even 50 percent from the floor in each half but found itself in a sizeable deficit after a string of unforced turnovers. The Cavaliers gave it away 16 times in the first half, only four coming on Marion steals. Marion scored 15 of its first 21 points on putbacks and transition layups, and Gavin Roe punctuated a 24-point first quarter when he banked in a three-quarter court shot at the buzzer for a 24-11 Hurricane lead. The lead reached 17 points on a runner by Johnson at 5:34 of the second quarter and remained at 16 points, 43-27, at halftime on the strength of 21 first-half points by Roe. Carroll was able to trim nine points off the lead in the third quarter, pulling to within single digits on a 6-0 run capped by two Gravley foul shots at the 2:41 mark. Mac Martin hit from the paint and Caleb Taylor scored in transition as the Cavaliers entered the fourth down 51-44. Martin hit a pair of short jumpers for the Cavaliers but Roe’s steal and layup kept the Marion lead at seven, 60-53, just inside the four-minute mark before Carroll made one final push.  Gravley drove the lane for two, Reavis hit a free throw and Gravley drained 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, the second one capping a 9-2 run and tying the game at 62 with 1:06 to go before Marion began putting it away at the line. Roe led all scorers with 29 points, Branson Bowman scored 11 and Johnson added 10 for the Hurricane. Martin paced Carroll County with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Gravley dropped in 14 points and Reavis scored 13.   Marion...................24  19   8  21––72 Carroll County......11  16  17  23––67

Marion (7-10, 4-4) Johnson 3 4-4 10, Wagner 2 2-4 6, Roe 11 5-6 29, Snyder 2 0-0 4, Funk 1 2-2 4, Noe 1 3-4 5, Lincoln 1 0-0 2, Bowman 2 0-2 4, Helton 4 0-0 8. Totals 27 16-22 72. Carroll County (2-16, 1-8) Reavis 5 2-4 13, Taylor 1 1-5 3, Gravley 5 2-2 14, Frazier 1 0-0 2, Martin 8 2-5 18, Alley 1 1-2 3, Noonkester 3 1-2 7, Crotts 3 3-4 9. Totals 26 12-25 67.

Three-point field goals – Marion 2-9 (Roe 2), Carroll County 3-5 (Gravley 2, Reavis). Rebounds – Marion 34 (Helton 8), Carroll County 39 (Martin 10). Turnovers – Marion 12, Carroll County 22. Team fouls – Marion 20, Carroll County 23. Fouled out – Noe, Crotts. Technical fouls – none. JV – Marion 39-38.   GIRLS Carroll County 48, Marion 38: The Cavaliers remained undefeated in district play with a 10-point win Thursday in Marion. Cydnie Cornell led a balanced Carroll County scoring attack with 10 points as six different players scored between five and 10 points each for the Cavaliers (15-3, 9-0). Brooke Henderson led all scorers with 11 points for the Scarlet Hurricane (10-7, 3-6).   Carroll County......10  10  15  13––48 Marion...................6    7   14  10––37

Carroll County (15-3, 9-0) Goins 8, R.Dalton 7, Neely 3, Cornell 10, Dickens 1, Martin 5, Viars 8, S.Dalton 6. Marion (10-7, 3-6) Henderson 11, Goodbrod 6, Dalton 3, Thompson 7, Rakes 2, Hayden 2, Mellinger 2, Campbell 4.

Three-point field goals – Carroll County 1 (Martin), Marion 4 (Henderson 2, Dalton, Thompson).

JV – Carroll County won.