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Cavs done in by slow start

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Marion held Carroll County to one field goal in the first 9:18, taking a 60-50 Southwest win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County was held to two first-quarter points for the second game in a row, and a late-game rally couldn’t overcome a 20-point deficit as the Cavaliers fell to Marion 60-50 in a Southwest District game Wednesday night.

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Though Marion (8-6 overall, 4-3 district) didn’t exactly leap out of the blocks – the Scarlet Hurricane didn’t score until nearly three minutes into the game – Brock Hannah hit a pair of 3-pointers as Marion opened the game on a 12-0 run.

“Every game,” lamented Carroll County coach Brad Hawks. “We spot somebody a 15-point lead at the beginning of every game. I just can’t understand why.”

Carroll County’s first points came with 39 seconds left in the quarter on Tyler Reavis’ 10-footer, and the Cavaliers (2-15, 1-7) entered the second quarter down 12-2.

Hanna’s third 3-pointer and a pair of inside baskets by 6-foot-7 center Michael Lincoln extended the lead to 19-4 early in the second, and a Lincoln putback at the 3:16 mark gave Marion a 20-point advantage, 26-6.

Carroll County would hit just one of its first 12 field goal attempts, and second chances were few and far between. Marion dominated the glass in the first half, outrebounding the Cavaliers 24-12, and would finish the game with 20 offensive rebounds, good for 15 second-chance points.

“Marion’s pretty solid,” Hawks said. “They beat Abingdon a couple weeks ago, so they’re a solid team. We got one shot and we were done.”

Two Eric Marshall buckets and a Tyler Reavis 3-pointer helped Carroll County cut the gap to 15 points by halftime, 30-15.

Marion quickly got back to a 20-point cushion early in the second half. Matt Noe grabbed an offensive board and kicked out for a Garrett Johnson 3-pointer, and Noe hit a jumper from the wing the next trip down the floor for a 37-17 Scarlet Hurricane lead, but the Cavaliers refused to go away quietly. Will Jones scored on a driving layup, Lucas Marshall converted a three-point play and Jones canned a 3-pointer as the Cavaliers went on a 17-2 run. Holding Marion to one field goal in a stretch of nearly seven minutes, Carroll County climbed to within five points, 39-34, on Reavis’ trey with 6:58 left in the game.

“In the second half we came out and played pretty good,” Hawks said. “I was pretty pleased. Caleb Taylor did a good job playing defense in the second half, Tyler started shooting the ball good, James [Lanning] picked it up in the second half, Isaiah Thompson played better the second half, but their size killed us on the inside. Just killed us.”

The Cavaliers were down just six points when Marion guard Brock Hanna took the game over, scoring eight straight points. Hanna beat his defender at midcourt and pulled up for a 15-foot jumper from the foul line, repeated the play moments later, this time adding a free throw, and later added a jumper from the wing and a foul shot as the lead grew to 50-38 with 4:23 to play.

Carroll County was able to pull to within a 50-45 score with 2:30 to go when the Cavaliers got two foul shots and a 3-pointer from Reavis followed by a couple of Lanning free throws. Marion answered with a 9-2 run to ice the win.

Hanna and Reavis led their respective teams with 20 points each.

Marion 12 18 9 21––60

Carroll County 2 13 16 19––50

Marion (8-6, 4-3)

Johnson 3 0-0 7, Hanna 6 6-10 20, Jo.Dotson 1 0-0 2, Noe 3 3-5 9, Lincoln 2 1-3 5, Roe 2 0-0 4, Smith 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Ja.Dotson 0 0-0 0, Helton 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-23 60.

Carroll County (2-15, 1-7)

Reavis 7 2-3 20, Thompson 3 0-0 6, Jones 2 2-2 7, Atwood 2 0-0 4, L.Marshall 1 1-3 3, E.Marshall 2 0-0 4, Lanning 0 4-4 4, R.Marshall 0 0-0 0, Fink 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-13 50.

Three-point field goals – Marion 3-7 (Hanna 2, Johnson), Carroll County 5-21 (Reavis 4, Jones). Rebounds – Marion 46 (Lincoln 10), Carroll County 35 (Lanning 6). Turnovers – Marion 18, Carroll County 13. Steals – Marion 2, Carroll County 8. Team fouls – Marion 15, Carroll County 24. Fouled out – Thompson. Technical fouls – none.

JV – Marion 56-43.