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Carroll County sweeps Falcons

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The Cavaliers opened Southwest District play on a high note, taking two wins from Abingdon.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– With the boys’ basketball teams from Abingdon and Carroll County meeting with combined records of 18-2 Wednesday night, it was a solid bet that at least one of the games in the boys’-girls’ doubleheader would be a competitive one.

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Thank goodness for the girls’ game.

The Lady Cavaliers were able to hold off a strong Abingdon challenge while the Carroll County boys annihilated the preseason favorite Falcons as the Cavaliers swept the Southwest District openers for both schools.

In the nightcap, Carroll County improved to 10-0 with a thorough 67-35 pounding of the Falcons, racing away from a nine-point halftime lead to hammer Abingdon by 32. Abingdon (9-3 overall, 0-1 district) actually got off to a solid start by jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead before the Cavaliers (10-0, 1-0) roared to life with 17 unanswered points.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Gunner Beamer and Ryan Gravley ignited the run, and Conner Lundy’s trey to open the second quarter finished the 17-point barrage. Abingdon was held scoreless for nearly six and a half minutes, missing 10 straight shots from the floor, but was able to limp into the half trailing just 29-20.

The only positive thing to happen to Abingdon in the second half was Josh Hess scoring his 1,000th career point. Otherwise, it was all Cavaliers.

Carroll County was ahead 37-26 midway through the third period before outscoring the Falcons 30-11 the rest of the way, including a 13-2 run to finish the third quarter. A layup and then a 3-pointer from Gravley got the run going, Cody Keith scored in transition and later on a putback, and a Lundy layup ended the period with Carroll leading 50-26.

The Cavaliers would push the lead past 30 points, 63-32, on two Blake Dalton foul shots with 1:59 to play.

Gravley led all scorers with 21 points as 12 of the 13 Cavaliers who got in the game scored. Mack Owens and Hess led Abingdon with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The evening started with Carroll County’s girls holding off an Abingdon team that just wouldn’t go away, escaping with a 51-47 win.

The Cavaliers (7-4, 1-0) never trailed after taking the lead midway through the second quarter, but the Falcons (4-6, 0-1) had numerous opportunities to eke out a lead or manage at least a tie in the late stages. Abingdon had 11 possessions in the second half when it was within three points of Carroll County but  scored on just two of those possessions, neither of which evened the score.

Leading 25-21 at halftime, the Cavaliers cleared the lane for Rachel Sellers in the third quarter, and Sellers responded with a series of post moves for eight third-period points.

Carroll led by as many as six in the quarter on four different occasions, but Abingdon closed to within 33-32 on a Madison Turner trey and two Morgan Turner foul shots with 1:15 left in the quarter.

Machala Hash opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer while Sellers and Cassidi McCann each scored twice on post moves in the fourth. McCann gave the Cavaliers a 42-36 lead but twice the Falcons pulled to within two points. Each time, Sellers answered from down low on the other end for the Cavaliers. Taylor Martin helped seal the win by hitting 4-of-5 from the foul line in the last 90 seconds.

Sellers finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, all of which came in the second half. Hash added 11 points for Carroll.

Abingdon got 20 points from Taylor Blevins.

 

GIRLS

Abingdon...............13    8  11  15––47

Carroll County......10  15  10  16––51

 

Abingdon (4-6, 0-1)

Ma.Turner 1 2-6 5, Mo.Turner 1 6-8 8, Kennedy 1 0-0 2, E.Blevins 1 0-0 2, T.Blevins 6 8-12 20, Toler 1 0-0 2, Billups 2 4-6 8. Totals 13 20-32 47.

Carroll County (7-4, 1-0)

Alderman 2 00 4, Sheek 0 0-2 0, Hash 3 3-6 11, Caldwell 0 4-6 4, Martin 1 6-9 8, Haynes 1 0-0 2, Guynn 1 0-0 2, McCann 4 0-0 8, Sellers 6 0-0 12. Totals 18 13-23 51.

 

Three-point field goals – Abingdon 1-4 (Ma.Turner), Carroll County 2-15 (Hash 2). Rebounds – Abingdon 48 (Billups 13), Carroll County 37 (Sellers 9). Turnovers – Abingdon 26, Carroll County 19. Team fouls – Abingdon 19, Carroll County 21. Fouled out – Ma.Turner. Technical fouls – none.

 

BOYS

Abingdon.................7  13    8    7––35

Carroll County......14  15  21  17––67

 

Abingdon (9-3, 0-1)

Francisco 0 1-2 1, Hess 4 1-1 10, Sigmon 3 0-0 7, Blankenship 1 0-0 2, Janson 1 0-0 2, Basham 1 0-0 2, Owens 5 0-0 11. Totals 15 2-3 35.

Carroll County (10-0, 1-0)

Gravley 7 5-7 21, Smoot 1 0-0 2, Beamer 2 0-0 5, Case 1 0-0 2, Lundy 3 0-0 8, Keith 3 0-0 6, Lineberry 0 1-2 1, Dalton 0 2-2 2, Reece 3 1-4 7, Horton 3 0-2 6, Snow 2 0-0 4, Holder 0 3-4 3. Totals 25 12-19 67.

 

Three-point field goals – Abingdon 3-18 (Hess, Sigmon, Owens), Carroll County 5-10 (Gravley 2, Lundy 2, Beamer). Rebounds – Abingdon 27 (Owens 11), Carroll County 30 (Smoot 4). Turnovers – Abingdon 15, Carroll County 7. Team fouls – Abingdon 18, Carroll County 10. Fouled out – Sigmon. Technical fouls – Sigmon.