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Carroll County jumped out to a 23-point lead by the half and raced past Marion 77-46.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County built a double-digit lead in the game’s first six minutes and whacked Marion 77-46 in a Southwest District boys’ game Tuesday.

“I thought we played with more intensity that we did last week,” Cavalier coach Brad Hawks said of a two-game stretch in which his team escaped Abingdon by two points before falling in overtime to a Pulaski team it had earlier defeated by 18 points. “We did the little things and it paid off for us.”

The game was never in doubt after the Cavaliers (11-2 overall, 4-0 district) took a 21-9 lead in seven and a half minutes, then opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run.

Cody Keith scored six quick points off the bench and Chris Smoot sank a pull-up jumper from the wing for a 19-9 lead at 1:58 of the opening quarter.

Wes Smoot keyed the big start in the second quarter by scoring six points and coming up with two steals that led to transition layups. Tyler Lineberry’s basket from the paint pushed the Cavalier lead to 35-15 and Carroll closed the half with a flurry of 3-pointers, two from Ryan Gravley and a buzzer-beater from Chris Smoot that sent the Cavs into the half leading 46-23. The Smoot brothers combined for 17 first-half points.

“Everybody who came in contributed, whether it was offense or defense,” Hawks said.

A four-point possession helped widen the lead to 30-plus early in the second half. Wes Smoot’s rejection initiated a fast break in which he converted a Gravley lob while getting fouled, and Connor Lundy put back the missed free throw for a 56-30 lead. Nick Pack scored on a stickback at 3:21 of the third for a 61-30 advantage as Carroll finished the third on a 13-2 spurt.

The Cavaliers shot 51 percent (33-of-65) from the floor and harassed Marion into 26 turnovers, including 21 on Cavalier steals.

“We trapped the first pass,” Hawks said. “Against Abingdon and Pulaski, we just sat there and watched them. They were able to pick us apart. Tonight we put an emphasis on trapping hard the first pass.”

Wes Smoot tossed in 16 points and Gravley scored 15 to lead the Cavaliers while Chris Smoot added a season-high 12 points and six steals.

Marion’s Ethan Richardson led all scorers with 25 points.

 

Marion...................13  10    9  14––46

Carroll County......23  23  19  12––77

 

Marion (7-6, 1-3)

Cox 0 0-0 0, Blevins 1 0-0 2, Stiefel 0 0-0 0, Bell 0 0-0 0, Klug 1 0-0 2, Richardson 10 1-1 25, Crook 1 0-0 2, Lincoln 4 1-2 9, Weddle 0 0-0 0, Alford 3 0-0 6, Frye 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 2-3 46.

Carroll County (11-2, 4-0)

Gravley 6 1-3 15, C.Smoot 5 1-2 12, Beamer 2 2-2 4, Case 1 0-2 3, Lundy 3 0-0 6, Keith 3 0-0 6, Pack 1 0-0 2, Lineberry 2 0-0 4, W.Smoot 7 2-3 16, Snow 0 0-0 0, Horton 2 0-0 4, Reece 1 0-0 2, Holder 1 1-2 3. Totals 33 7-14 77.

 

Three-point field goals – Marion 4-14 (Richardson 4), Carroll County 4-14 (Gravley 2, C.Smoot, Case). Rebounds – Marion 30 (Lincoln 8), Carroll County 39 (Lundy 6). Turnovers – Marion 26, Carroll County 13. Team fouls – Marion 10, Carroll County 12. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.

JV – Carroll County 43-17.