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INDEPENDENCE -- When two teams the caliber of Grayson County and Carroll County get together, an overtime finish is kind of fitting.
But not this kind of overtime.
After 146 points and 32 minutes of a furiously-paced, up-and-down the floor affair, a single Connor Lundy free throw was the only point scored by either team in the extra session as Carroll County remained undefeated and handed the Blue Devils their first loss of the year, 74-73 in a thrilling nondistrict game Friday night.
Lundy’s foul shot, the second of a two-shot foul 26 seconds into the 4-minute overtime, was actually the game’s only point during the final 5 and a half minutes. Cody Keith knotted the score at 73 with 1:31 left in regulation for Carroll (6-0), and then came up with a steal on the defensive end. The Cavaliers called timeout after an offensive rebound with 1:04 to go, and killed the final 62 seconds before missing a shot to win as the fourth quarter ended.
Following Lundy’s free throw and an Austin Horton defensive rebound, the Cavaliers sat on the ball for 90 seconds before missing the front end of a one-and-one with 58 seconds left in overtime.
It was the Blue Devils’ turn to take the air out of it, but the Cavaliers, with only four team fouls, disrupted Grayson (5-1) in the waning seconds with two fouls, the second one forcing Grayson to inbound from the side with three ticks showing. Ty Cannaday came off a screen from the baseline, took the inbounds pass and had an open look at a 16-footer from the wing, but his shot bounced away as the final horn sounded.
Both teams entered the night undefeated after five games, with an average winning margin of 27 points in their 10 combined wins. Neither had seen a finish closer than 13 points all season. But Carroll County (6-0) had to scramble just to stay in contention in the fourth period. Ten third-quarter points by Lucas Rudy boosted the Devils into a 62-53 lead after the third period, and Mikey Rodgers scored in traffic to open the fourth, giving Grayson an 11-point advantage, 64-53.
A 6-0 Carroll run capped by Lundy’s fast break layup cut the gap to five, and the two teams traded buckets until Landon Frost and Max Rodgers both scored for a 71-64 Grayson lead with 4:48 to go.
Gunnar Beamer’s 3-pointer re-ignited the Cavalier comeback. Keith scored off a loose ball for Carroll but Adam Wyatt answered for Grayson with 3:27 to go.
It would be the Blue Devils’ final points of the night. Lundy converted a Beamer steal into a layup and Keith scored off a Ryan Gravley dish to knot the score at 73 with 91 seconds to go.
Carroll County was on fire to open the night, hitting six of its seven 3-point attempts in the first quarter, including four by Lundy. Gravley’s trey gave Carroll the largest lead it would enjoy all night, 15-9 at 2:01 of the first, but Grayson cut the gap to 21-18 by the start of the second.
Cannaday dumped in 14 points in the second quarter but Grayson County could gain no ground, going into the half behind 44-40.
Rudy scored five transition baskets in the third quarter and the Blue Devils finally regained the lead, 51-50, on two Cannaday foul shots midway through the third. Grayson closed the quarter on a 12-3 run, with Rudy’s layup sending the Devils into the fourth with a 62-53 advantage.
Lundy led all scorers with 24 points for Carroll, all but two coming in the first and fourth quarters. Gravley added 18 points, all in the first three periods.
Cannaday finished with 20 to lead Grayson and Mikey Rodgers scored 14. Max Rodgers added 11 points and Rudy scored 10.
Both teams are off until they travel to Fort Chiswell for the Pioneers’ Christmas tournament next Thursday through Saturday. Grayson County opens with Radford while Carroll County drew George Wythe in the first round.
Carroll County.........21 23 9 20 1––74
Grayson County......18 22 22 11 0––73
Carroll County (6-0)
Gravley 6 4-4 18, Smoot 2 2-2 7, Beamer 2 1-3 6, Lundy 9 1-2 24, Lineberry 0 2-4 2, Reece 2 0-0 4, Horton 2 0-0 4, Keith 4 1-2 9. Totals 27 11-17 74.
Grayson County (5-1)
Frost 2 0-1 4, Cannaday 6 8-10 20, Rudy 5 0-0 10, Mk.Rodgers 5 2-3 14, Mx.Rodgers 4 1-2 11, Wyatt 4 0-1 8, Circle 2 0-0 4. Totals 28 11-17 73.
Three-point field goals – Carroll County 9-18 (Lundy 5, Gravley 2, Smoot, Beamer), Grayson County 6-14 (Cannaday 2, Mk.Rodgers 2, Mk.Rodgers 2). Rebounds – Carroll County 31 (five with 4), Grayson County 32 (Mx.Rodgers 8). Turnovers – Carroll County 17, Grayson County 20. Team fouls – Carroll County 15, Grayson County 15. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.
JV – Carroll County 34-32.