Cavs, Hawks get first win

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Carroll County zoomed back from a 16-3 hole to win its first of the year, 70-53 over Grayson County.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– Having opened the season with a pair of losses, the prospects for Carroll County’s first win of the year – and career win No. 1 for head coach Brad Hawks – didn’t look too promising to start with Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers made it a pressing matter.

Falling behind 16-3 barely four minutes into the game, Carroll County turned up the defensive intensity and rolled to a 70-53 win over Grayson County in a nondistrict game Tuesday.

Grayson County (2-2) ran its way to a 13-point lead by hitting its first six shots from the floor. Bubba Bowen scored 10 points in the run, and his 3-pointer had the Devils leading 16-3 at 3:46 of the first period.

“I think it caught us off guard,” Hawks said of the Blue Devils’ early tempo. “When Tyler [Reavis] was going to the basket our 2-guy was supposed to be getting back on defense. I guess it was my fault for not communicating that. Once we started getting back on defense we were alright. I hate spotting teams a big lead, but we’ve started out bad in the first three games.”

Carroll County (1-2) trimmed four points off of the lead by the end of the quarter and used full-court pressure to barge into the lead in the second quarter.

Tyler Reavis, who scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in the second period, got the Cavaliers going with a three-point play to open the frame. Bowen canned a jumper from the wing for an 18-14 Grayson lead, but Reavis knocked down a trey to pull Carroll to within one. The Cavaliers finally caught the Blue Devils at 18 on a James Lanning foul shot 5:03 before the half.

“We were hoping to get up and down the floor on them, and at the beginning we did,” Grayson County coach Lucas Austin said. “They adjusted to it and got us out of the flow of our game. And we had 17 turnovers in the first half. We came out shooting well and got some good things going, and they did a good job of taking us out of what we were trying to do.”

Grayson County, which hit just four of its last 18 shots in the first half, evened the score at 25 on Tyler Rutherford’s 3-pointer, but Will Jones and Reavis each scored on a driving layup to send Carroll County in to the half leading 29-25.

“We haven’t seen any pressing yet and we’re kind of iffy about it,” said Austin, whose Devils rallied for a win the night before at Northwood. “We played a hard-fought game last night, and we never really got organized in our press break.”

“That seemed to bother them a little bit, and their big two, Rutherford and Bowen, got some touch fouls and got in foul trouble early, which helped us out,” said Hawks. “They’re a real good combination. They’re hard to handle.”

Reavis and Jones each hit a 3-pointer to open the second half as the Cavaliers took a 35-25 lead. Grayson County got to within 37-29 on Eric Harvey’s layup, but Carroll County answered with 11 unanswered points. Bowen and Rutherford each picked up their fourth fouls in the Carroll run, and a technical foul on the Devils led to four straight foul shots, two each by Reavis and James Lanning. Ryan Frazier’s bucket from the post capped the run and gave the Cavs a 48-29 lead.

Carroll County’s advantage grew to as large as 21 points with 6:36 to go in the game before Grayson County made one last push. Bowen dropped in a pair of 3-pointers, Ryan Hernandez scored on the move and Harvey drove the lane for two to cap a 14-4 run, whittling the deficit to 60-49 with 3:47 remaining. Bowen picked up his fifth foul soon after, and another Grayson technical foul helped the Cavaliers finish the game with a 10-4 spurt.

“We got in foul trouble early, and that was a big thing,” said Austin. “Two key players on the bench in the first half, then three starters foul out in the second half.”

Bowen led Grayson County with 25 points and Harvey added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Jones chipped in 11 points for the Cavaliers, who got four points and 13 rebounds from Isaiah Thompson. 

Grayson County 16 9 8 19––53

Carroll County 9 20 21 20––70

Grayson County (2-2)

Rutherford 2 0-0 6, P.Bowen 0 0-0 0, Hill 1 0-0 2, Whitt 0 0-0 0, Deboard 0 0-0 0, Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2, Harvey 5 2-5 12, B.Bowen 9 4-7 25, Eller 0 0-0 0, Phipps 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Blizzard 1 0-2 2. Totals 21 6-16 53.

Carroll County (1-2)

E.Marshall 1 1-2 3, Shupe 0 0-0 0, Reavis 9 9-14 29, Thompson 1 2-10 4, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Frazier 1 0-0 2, Jones 4 2-4 11, Atwood 2 2-2 6, L.Marshall 2 2-4 6, Lanning 0 7-8 7, R.Marshall 0 0-0 0, Fink 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 25-42 70.

Three-point field goals – Grayson County 5-19 (B.Bowen 3, Rutherford 2), Carroll County 3-11 (Reavis 2, Jones). Rebounds – Grayson County 39 (Harvey 9), Carroll County 47 (Thompson 13). Turnovers – Grayson County 27, Carroll County 20. Steals – Grayson County 8 (B.Bowen 2), Carroll County 13 (Reavis 5). Team fouls – Grayson County 31, Carroll County 17. Fouled out – Rutherford, P.Bowen, B.Bowen. Technical fouls – Hill, Eller.

JV – Grayson County 52-49.