Cavs close again in 69-62 loss

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Carroll County trailed by just two with 1:09 to go before Grundy sealed the win at the foul line.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE -- Should it ever field a hand grenade-throwing team or get into competitive horseshoes, Carroll County would be up there with the best of them. The Cavaliers have shown nearly all year that they can come close. A mountain climbing team wouldn’t fare so well, as getting over the hump has proven to be a problem. Carroll County once again found itself in the thick of things in the late going, but once again came out on the short end Friday as Grundy held on for a 69-62 win in a Southwest District game. The loss ends Carroll County’s regular season at 2-17 overall, 1-9 in the district, with games against Graham and Tazewell not to be rescheduled. Grundy improved to 12-7, 5-4. Though the Cavaliers were in front for only 52 seconds during the final three quarters, their only second-half lead lasting 18 seconds midway through the third, Carroll never trailed by more than seven points in the second half and was well within grasp of the Golden Wave all night. Ryan Gravley swished a 3-pointer to put the Cavaliers in front for the final time, 42-41 at 4:12 of the third, but Grundy responded with a 7-0 run on a Cody Justus trey and two inside baskets by Derek Hess. The Golden Wave took a 50-46 lead into the fourth quarter but a three-point play by Tyler Reavis pulled the Cavaliers to within three points, 54-51, with 6:10 to go. Justus and Logan Boyd both scored on the inside to stretch the lead to seven points before Carroll County staged one final challenge. Adam Crotts nailed a 3-pointer, Grundy missed the front end of consecutive one-and-one opportunities and two free throws by Brandon Noonkester cut the Wave lead to 60-58 with 1:09 to play. The Cavaliers would get no closer as Grundy sank 9-of-12 from the foul line in the final 1:07. Carroll missed out on a golden opportunity inside of 50 seconds when Grundy’s Ben Rife was whistled for a technical foul while the Wave had possession and a six-point lead. Gravley hit both foul shots for Carroll, but the Cavaliers turned the ball over on the inbounds, then missed two free throws on the next possession. A 7-0 Cavalier run ended with a Noonkester transition basket, and a three-point play by Reavis ended the first quarter with Carroll in front 14-13, and Gravley hit a jumper from the foul line for a 16-13 lead, but Logan Boyd drained a 20-footer from the top and John Kelly scored off his own steal and Grundy didn’t trail the rest of the half. Crotts knocked down a 3-pointer and later got a layup and a foul shot at the 1:53 mark, but Grundy answered with a Kelly three-point play and took a 33-30 lead into the half. Kelly would hit 13-of-15 from the foul line on the night, leading all scorers with 25 points. Justus tossed in 18 while Hess and Boyd chipped in 11 and 10, respectively. Crotts led Carroll County with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Reavis added 12 points in the final game on his home floor. Seven seniors played their final home game for Carroll County.   Grundy.................13  20  17  19––69 Carroll County......14  16  16  16––62


Grundy (12-7, 5-4) Rife 2 1-2 5, Justus 6 3-4 18, Boyd 3 3-4 10, Hess 5 0-0 11, Kelly 6 13-15 25. Totals 22 20-26 69. Carroll County (2-17, 1-9) E.Marshall 1 0-0 2, Reavis 4 4-4 12, Gravley 4 6-6 16, Martin 1 0-0 3, Noonkester 1 2-2 4, R.Marshall 1 0-0 2, Crotts 8 5-12 23. Totals 20 17-24 62.

Three-point field goals – Grundy 5-14 (Justus 2, Boyd, Hess), Carroll County 5-17 (Gravley 2, Martin Crotts 2). Rebounds – Grundy 31 (Kelly 9), Carroll County 29 (Crotts 10). Turnovers – Grundy 13, Carroll County 8. Team fouls – Grundy 17, Carroll County 18. Fouled out – Noonkester. Technical fouls – Rife.