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HILLSVILLE –– Galax put up a fight for the better part of the first half before Carroll County turned up the defensive heat and pulled away for a 43-28 nondistrict win Thursday.
The win was the Cavaliers’ third straight after opening the season with back-to-back defeats. Galax fell to 1-2 with the loss.
Carroll County held the Maroon Tide to a single point over the final five minutes of the first half, and though the Cavaliers were only able to pull out to a six-point lead, the mini-run set the tone for the second half.
Sydney Lindsey’s free throw for Galax tied the game at 10-10 at the 5:10 mark of the second, but the Tide wouldn’t score again until Holly Cassell’s foul shot with 1.3 seconds left in the half. In between, the Cavaliers reeled off seven unanswered points, including three foul shots by Machala Hash with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.
Galax had battled Carroll evenly through a low-scoring first quarter, taking a 5-4 lead on a Paige Hanks foul shot midway through the first. Hash sank the first of her three 3-pointers before a Lindsey steal and layup sent the two teams into the second period deadlocked at 7-7.
Carroll County opened the second half in much the same way it had closed the first half, holding Galax without a field goal for more than six minutes.
Hash and Rylee Haynes each knocked down a 3-pointer, with Haynes’ shot putting the Cavaliers on top 27-13 at 2:37 of the third. Galax finally broke the ice with Carolyn Vaughan’s bucket from the wing at the 1:42 mark, the Tide’s first field goal since 6:32 of the second quarter.
Vaughan added a pair of free throws moments later but Maycee Cain scored on a putback to send Carroll into the fourth with a 12-point advantage, 29-17.
A 10-0 run encompassing the first 2:33 of the fourth quarter briefly stretched the Cavalier lead to 20 points. Rachel Sellers started the run with a stickback, Megan Alderman hit a trey from the right wing and Hash added a three-point play, adding two foul shots for a 39-19 lead with 5:27 to go.
Hash would lead all scorers with 19 points for the Cavaliers and Alderman led a 34-22 rebounding advantage with seven boards. The Cavalier defense also pestered the Maroon Tide into 36 turnovers, including 20 in the first two periods.
Lindsey led the Maroon Tide with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Galax.....................7 4 6 11––28
Carroll County......7 10 12 14––43
Hanks 1 1-2 3, Vaughan 2 4-4 8, Lindsey 2 7-11 11, Cassell 0 1-2 1, Reynolds 1 0-0 3, Pack 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 13-19 28.
Carroll County (3-2)
Alderman 1 1-2 4, Hash 5 6-6 19, Cain 2 0-0 5, Caldwell 1 0-0 2, Martin 1 0-2 2, Haynes 2 0-0 5, Sellers 1 3-6 5, Willard 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 11-18 43.
Three-point field goals – Galax 1-7 (Reynolds), Carroll County 6-20 (Hash 3, Alderman, Cain, Haynes). Rebounds – Galax 22 (Lindsey 10), Carroll County 34 (Alderman 7). Turnovers – Galax 36, Carroll County 22. Team fouls – Galax 13, Carroll County 18. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – None.
JV – Carroll County won.