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Devils battle past Galax

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The Maroon Tide put forth the effort but Grayson was too much to handle in a 70-50 win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE –– Galax gets an A for effort, but Grayson County still gets the W.

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Two days after a lackluster loss at Fort Chiswell, Galax played with intensity for the entire 32 minutes Friday but had no answer for Ty Cannaday, whose 27 points led the Blue Devils to a closer-than-it-sounds 70-50 Mountain Empire District win.

Grayson County (9-4 overall, 3-0 district) kept pace with Graham atop the MED standings. Galax fell to 1-9, 0-3 with the loss, but not due to a lack of effort.

After trailing for much of the opening eight minutes, Grayson County built a double-digit lead in the second period after reeling off a 15-1 run. But despite finding itself behind by as many as 15 points early in the fourth quarter, the Maroon Tide was able to get to within single digits with time enough remaining to make a serious run at the Blue Devils.

Landon Frost tipped in a miss and Max Rodgers scored from underneath to give Grayson a seemingly comfortable 52-37 cushion with 5:48 remaining, but the Maroon Tide got a spark from a Chandler Quesenberry 3-pointer as part of a 9-4 run. Chase Garvey’s free throw pulled Galax to within nine, 52-43, and a later Keyshawn Brown trey kept the Tide down just 10 points, 56-46, with 4:01 to play.

But Grayson County scored on seven of its final eight possessions to pull away, starting with a pair of layups from Cannaday. Lucas Rudy added a three-point play off of a stickback, starting an 8-0 run to the final horn for the Blue Devils.

Quesenberry had a 3-pointer and an old-fashioned three-point play in the first quarter as Galax pulled out to an early 12-8 lead, and the Maroon Tide led 16-13 on a Quesenberry cut to the bucket before Grayson County strung together the game-turning run. Cannaday scored from the line and hit two foul shots the next time down the floor. Mikey Rodgers’ rebound and outlet pass set up Frost with a layup, and Cannaday added a tip-in and a jumper from the foul line. Rudy and Jack Circle scored in transition, and Circle added a stickback for a 30-19 Grayson County lead with 1:14 left in the first half.

Adam Wyatt converted a three-point play to open the second half, giving Grayson its largest lead, 35-19, until the late stages of the game.

Cannaday scored eight points in both the first and fourth quarters and also grabbed seven rebounds to go with his 27 points as Grayson dominated the backboards 44-25. Frost scored 15 points, Rudy added 11 and Max Rodgers pulled down 11 rebounds to go with eight points.

Galax couldn’t find its outside touch until too late and went 5-of-31 from beyond the 3-point arc. Quesenberry paced the Maroon Tide with 16 points. Darian Brown had nine points and Garvey scored nine to go with a team-high seven rebounds.

 

Galax........................14    5  14  17––50

Grayson County......13  19  14  24––70

 

Galax (1-9, 0-3)

K.Brown 1 0-0 3, Pack 1 0-0 2, D.Brown 4 0-0 9, Peoples 2 1-2 6, Quesenberry 5 4-5 16, Matthews 1 0-0 2, Garvey 4 1-5 9, DiGiacomo 1 1-1 3. Totals 19 7-13 50.

Grayson County (9-4, 3-0)

Frost 7 1-5 15, Cannaday 11 5-5 27, Rudy 4 3-5 11, Mx.Rodgers 2 4-6 8, Wyatt 1 1-1 3, Circle 3 0-0 6. Totals 28 14-22 70.

 

Three-point field goals – Galax 5-31 (Quesenberry 2, K.Brown, D.Brown, Peoples), Grayson County 0-6. Rebounds – Galax 25 (Garvey 7), Grayson County 44 (Mx.Rodgers 11). Turnovers – Galax 19, Grayson County 20. Team fouls – Galax 19, Grayson County 16. Fouled out – Pack, D.Brown. Technical fouls – none.

JV – Grayson County won.