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Cavaliers roll to 3rd place

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Carroll led by 10 early in the second quarter and kept Fort at arm’s length the rest of the night.

By Chuck Burress, Editor

MAX MEADOWS –– Carroll County bounced back from its first loss of the season and handed host team Fort Chiswell a 69-53 defeat in the third-place game of the First Bank of Virginia Tournament Thursday at Fort Chiswell High School.

The Cavaliers, who saw their six-game season-opening win streak halted with a second-round loss to Radford, will head into the new year with a 7-1 mark. Fort Chiswell dropped to 8-3 with its second straight defeat.

Carroll County never trailed after Ryan Gravley’s 3-pointer less than three minutes into the game put the Cavaliers in front 5-4. Carroll County, which hit five treys and sank 10 of 12 free throws in the first half, pulled out to a double-figure lead early in the second quarter and never gave the Pioneers an opportunity to make a run.

A Cody Keith free throw late in the first quarter opened up a 9-0 Carroll County run stretching to the midpoint of the second period. Carroll was 5-of-6 from the foul line to start the second, and Connor Lundy canned a 3-pointer for a 25-10 lead before Fort scored its first points of the second period with 4:01 to go. The Pioneers were able to pull to within 10 points with 2:22 left in the half but the Cavaliers closed the half with 3-pointers from Gunnar Beamer and Lundy to take a 35-21 lead into the break.

Carroll County widened its advantage to 21 points in the first four minutes of the second half. Wes Smoot kicked out to an open Lundy for a trey to open the third quarter. Lundy and Ryan Gravley both connected from long range and Tyler Lineberry converted a stickback into a three-point play for a 47-26 lead at 3:54 of the third.

Levi Mooney’s three-point play got Fort back to within 15 points, 52-38, by the end of the third, but the Carroll County lead swung back and forth between 15 and 21 points the rest of the night.

Carroll County shot 40 percent from 3-point range, 8-of-20, and continued its strong free throw shooting, hitting 19-of-25. The Cavaliers were a tick under 50 percent from the floor overall (21-for-43). Lundy and Gravley combined for seven treys, scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively. Smoot added 13 points for Carroll.

Daniel Hamm’s 12 points led Fort Chiswell.

 

Carroll County......17  18  17  17––69

Fort Chiswell........10  11  17  15––53

 

Carroll County (7-1)

Gravley 4 4-5 15, C.Smoot 0 0-0 0, Beamer 1 0-0 3, Case 0 0-0 0, Lundy 6 0-0 16, Keith 2 5-6 9, Pack 0 0-1 0, Lineberry 2 4-5 9, W.Smoot 4 5-6 13, Reece 0 0-0 0, Horton 2 1-2 5, Snow 0 0-0 0, Holder 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 19-25 69.

Fort Chiswell (8-3)

Mooney 1 4-5 6, C.Mabry 1 0-0 2, Gravely 4 1-5 9, Jackson 0 0-0 0, B.Mabry 2 0-0 4, Hamm 4 1-2 12, Perry 3 0-0 6, Sharp 0 0-0 0, Thomas 3 1-2 7, Worrell 3 0-2 7. Totals 21 7-16 53.

 

Three-point field goals – Carroll County 8-20 (Lundy 4, Gravley 3, Beamer), Fort Chiswell 4-18 (Hamm 3, Worrell). Rebounds – Carroll County 29 (W.Smoot 5), Fort Chiswell 35 (Worrell 9). Turnovers – Carroll County 17, Fort Chiswell 22. Team fouls – Carroll County 14, Fort Chiswell 17. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.