Cavs 5-0 after thumping Tide

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Carroll County broke open a tight game by scoring 20 straight points in the second period.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Carroll County got all it could handle from Galax for more than nine minutes Friday night. The Cavaliers gave Galax more than it could handle for the next six.


Deadlocked early in the second period, the Cavaliers scored 20 unanswered points to take an 18-point halftime lead and Carroll remained undefeated on the young season with the 56-33 nondistrict win.

Tyler Lineberry kicked out to Chris Smoot for an open 3-pointer for the Cavaliers (5-0), and Stew Merdian answered with a trey for Galax (0-5) on the other end for a 12-12 game at 6:37 of the second period. Galax wouldn’t score again until 31 seconds remained in the half as the Cavaliers reeled off 20 straight points.

After hitting just two field goals in the first quarter, the Cavaliers would go 9-of-13 in the second, starting with a Smoot layup. Carroll scored four points off of Galax turnovers before Ryan Gravley swished an open 3-pointer from the corner for a 21-12 lead with 4:14 left in the half.

Austin Horton scored all eight of his points in a little more than three and a half minutes, converting a pair of putbacks and two jump-hooks as the Cavalier lead ballooned to 32-12. Jacob Kohl finally ended Galax’s dry spell 31 seconds before the half as Carroll County took a 32-14 lead into halftime.

Galax had led for most of the game’s first 10 minutes as the Cavaliers found little success against the Maroon Tide zone defense. Steven Peoples scored off an offensive rebound and Chandler Quesenberry knocked down a 20-footer for a 7-4 Galax lead, and Kohl’s basket had Galax leading 9-5 late in the first quarter.

Carroll’s game-breaking run actually started there, as two Taylor Case foul shots to end the quarter and two more by Smoot to open the second started what would become a 27-3 Cavalier blitz to the half.

Galax had its chances to interrupt the Carroll County rally but missed all six first-half free throw attempts, going a miserable 4-of-21 from the foul line for the game.

A 5-0 spurt to end the third quarter widened Carroll County’s lead to 43-20 entering the fourth quarter, and Cody Keith scored six quick points for the Cavaliers as they stretched the gap to 30 points, 56-26, with 2:01 to play.

Keith would be the only double-figure scorer for either team, finishing with 10 points, while Gravley and Connor Lundy chipped in nine apiece. Kohl led the Maroon Tide with eight points. 


Carroll County......7  25  11  13––56

Galax.....................9    5    6  13––33


Carroll County (5-0)

Gravley 2 4-7 9, Smoot 2 2-3 7, Beamer 2 1-2 5, Case 0 2-2 2, Lundy 4 0-0 9, Keith 2 6-8 10, Lineberry 1 2-4 4, Reece 1 0-2 2, Horton 4 0-0 8. Totals 18 17-28 56. 

Galax (0-5)

Pack 1 0-2 2, D.Brown 1 0-6 2, Peoples 3 0-0 7, Merdian 1 0-1 3, Quesenberry 1 1-2 4, Matthews 0 2-2 2, Jordan 0 0-4 0, Garvey 0 1-4 1, DiGiacomo 2 0-0 4, Kohl 4 0-0 8. Totals 13 4-21 33.


Three-point field goals – Carroll County 3-11 (Gravley, Smoot, Lundy), Galax 3-15 (Peoples, Merdian, Quesenberry). Rebounds – Carroll County 28 (three with 4), Galax 30 (D.Brown 6). Turnovers – Carroll County 24, Galax 30. Team fouls – Carroll County 20, Galax 20. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.


JV – Galax won.