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Some nights it matters not a whit how close, how far, how open or how well-guarded one is. Putting the ball in the basket will be like pushing a frayed rope through a keyhole. Galax managed to make just one of its first 34 shots from the floor while Carroll County overcame its own cold start with a torrid third quarter and raced away with a 54-28 nondistrict win Friday night.
Galax (1-1) often worked for an acceptable shot and had favorable putback opportunities on many of its misses but was just 1-of-30 in the first half (3.3 percent), starting with a dreadful 0-for-19 funk.
Even free throws weren’t going down as the Maroon Tide hit just 2-of-8 in the first half, the two makes accounting for its only points in the first quarter.
Carroll County (3-1) wasn’t exactly on fire itself, hitting just 4-of-21 from the floor in the first half, but the Cavaliers never trailed after Keely Lundy swished a 3-pointer 53 seconds into the game. Carroll led 7-0 before Galax got on the board at the 2:11 mark of the first quarter with a Sydney Lindsey foul shot. Susan Davis hit one of two from the foul line late in the quarter but the Cavaliers got baskets from Sami Reece and Carlie McMillian to take an 11-2 lead into the second period.
Galax finally got a shot to go down when Madison Shupe opened the second period with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but her basket was followed by another 10 misses from the floor and four more from the foul line by the Tide. Carroll County managed just one field goal in the second period – a putback by Haley Turman – but the Cavaliers made enough foul shots to take a 17-5 lead into the half.
The lid finally came off in the third period for Carroll County. Opening the second half with a 10-0 run, Lundy and Mattie Kennedy both hit a 3-pointer in transition for a 27-5 lead. Kennedy later hit treys on back-to-back possessions and would add another 3-pointer, her fourth of the quarter, to widen the margin to 36-12 at the 1:28 mark. McMillian and Haley Turman each hit a transition basket as the gap grew to 40-14 late in the third. The Cavaliers converted 9-of-13 field goals in the quarter and would make 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) in the second half.
Galax briefly pulled to within 20 points, 40-20, when Lindsey scored off of her own steal early in the fourth quarter but Carroll County answered with a 6-0 run capped by a Lundy 3-pointer off of a McMillian offensive rebound.
Lundy and Kennedy, a pair of freshmen, scored 16 points apiece and accounted for all seven of Carroll County’s 3-pointers. McMillian chipped in with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.
Galax, which finished the night shooting just 9-of-56 (16.1 percent) was led by Shupe with 11 points and 12 rebounds while and Lindsey pulled down 11 boards for the Maroon Tide, which held a 44-39 rebounding advantage.
Carroll County......11 6 23 14––54
Galax.......................2 3 12 11––28
Carroll County (3-1)
Alderman 0 1-2 1, Lundy 5 3-4 16, Kennedy 5 2-2 16, Guynn 1 1-2 3, McMillian 3 4-8 10, Turman 3 0-0 6, Reece 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 11-18 54
Davis 2 1-4 5, Ayers 0 0-2 0, Hanks 0 0-0 0, Shupe 4 1-4 11, Pack 1 3-4 6, Lindsey 1 1-3 3, Larrowe 1 0-0 3.
Three-point field goals – Carroll County 7-19 (Kennedy 4, Lundy 3), Galax 4-18 (Shupe 2, Pack, Larrowe). Rebounds – Carroll County 39 (McMillian 6), Galax 44 (Shupe 12). Turnovers – Carroll County 16, Galax 21. Team fouls – Carroll County 15, Galax 12. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.