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Carroll County commanded the first and third periods and fought off a determined Galax effort to take a 52-38 nondistrict win Friday. The Maroon Tide (0-2) never led after hitting the game’s first field goal, but Galax refused to be put away and trailed by just eight points, 43-35, with 3:54 to play thanks to two jumpshots and a layup on three trips down the floor by Taylor Bryant. Carroll County (2-0), ranked No. 3 in Timesland, didn’t make a shot from the floor in the final 7:41 of the game but was able to draw away by sinking 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch, including 5-of-6 by Cydnie Cornell. The Cavaliers also tightened up defensively and allowed Galax just one field goal, also by Bryant, in the last 3:34 of the game. Bryant would score all eight of her points in the final five minutes of the contest. Galax stayed in a zone defense the entire night and Carroll County couldn’t capitalize from the outside, hitting just 3-of-22 from beyond the 3-point line, but the Cavaliers had their way on the offensive glass and were able to attempt 21 more shots from the floor than Galax’s 42. Carroll County also created havoc with the Maroon Tide offense with its half court trap, forcing 27 turnovers. The rebounding edge was most apparent in the first eight minutes as the Cavaliers jumped out to an 11-3 lead. Bailey Shumate gave Galax a quick 2-0 lead with a jumper from the top of the key, but Carroll County outscored the Maroon Tide 11-1 the rest of the period, outrebounding Galax 13-7 and tallying seven second-chance points. Maleah Neely grabbed six rebounds in the first period alone and had eight boards by halftime. Shumate and Carroll’s Lindsey Martin traded 3-pointers to open the second quarter, but the Cavaliers pulled out to a 13-point halftime lead. Kaitlan Viars scored off a Neely offensive rebound to put the Cavaliers ahead by double figures, 23-13, and Audrey Dickens finished a fast break to push the gap to 13 points, but Shumate and Jill Bartlett each sank a pair of free throws for the Tide, which pulled to within 25-18 by halftime. Kayla Goins had a pair of inside baskets and an assist to Viars as the Cavaliers opened the second half with an 8-2 run. Neely converted a three-point play to end the third, and Martin sank a trey from the left corner to open the fourth and give Carroll County its largest lead of the night, 41-25, before Galax began chipping away and climbing to within eight on Bryant’s three baskets. Goins led all scorers with 17 points and added 10 rebounds while five other Cavaliers chipped in with between five and seven points apiece. Shumate led Galax with 16 points and Burgandy Bobbitt pulled down eight boards. Carroll County......11 14 13 14––52 Galax...................3 15 7 13––38
Carroll County (2-0) Goins 5 7-8 17, R.Dalton 2 0-0 5, Neely 3 1-3 7, Cornell 0 5-6 5, Dickens 1 0-1 2, Scott 0 1-2 1, Martin 2 0-2 6, Viars 3 1-2 7, S.Dalton 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 15-26 52. Galax (0-2) Shumate 5 4-6 16, Russell 0 0-2 2, White 0 1-2 1, Bryant 4 0-0 8, Cassell 2 1-3 5, Bobbitt 2 0-0 4, Bartlett 1 2-2 4. Totals 14 8-15 38.
Three-point field goals – Carroll County 3-22 (Martin 2, R.Dalton), Galax 2-8 (Shumate 2). Rebounds – Carroll County 41 (Goins 10), Galax 42 (Bobbitt 8). Turnovers – Carroll County 13, Galax 27. Team fouls – Carroll County 18, Galax 21. Fouled out – Neely, Bobbitt. JV – Carroll County won.