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INDEPENDENCE –– Chilhowie dominated the opening minutes of each half and never let Grayson County within striking distance the rest of the night, taking a 77-62 nondistrict girls’ win Friday night.
The Warriors (2-0) took a 13-5 lead in the first six minutes and 37 seconds and opened the second half on a 9-3 run. The closest the Blue Devils (1-2) would get in the first half was 24-19, and Grayson would only creep to within nine points twice in the second half.
Turnovers were the culprit in the first two periods as the Warriors harassed the Blue Devils into 16 giveaways, including five steals by Ckareekeea Branch.
Grayson County turned it over nine times in the first quarter and the Chilhowie tandem of Danielle Catron and McKenzie Sabo teamed up for 10 points as the Warriors jumped out to a 17-7 lead.
Grayson County made a charge to start the second period, starting with a jumper from the wing by Sarah Eller. Meredith Frost, who finished with 29 points despite going scoreless in the first quarter, drained a 3-pointer and Camryn McGrady followed with a layup in transition to pull the Blue Devils to within 24-19 at 4:09 of the second period. Chilhowie answered with 3-pointers from Lauren Kestner and then Catron. Following a Frost three-point play, the Warriors strung together an 8-2 run and expanded their lead to 40-28 by halftime.
“We turned it over a little bit but the worst thing was the opportunity to make free throws,” Grayson County coach Tiny Funk said. “We battled them as good as we could but we turned it over a few times, and they got that lead, and that was about it. We got it inside of 10 a couple of times but we just didn’t have any answer for them. That’s a good basketball team.”
After an Eller trey to open the second half, Grayson County fell behind by its largest deficit, 49-31, as the Warriors took off on a 9-0 run. Kristin Caudill opened the run with a 3-pointer and Catron capped it with a pair of free throws at the 5:17 mark.
Seven points by McGrady helped the Blue Devils close the third period on an 11-2 run and Frost opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer from the left wing to cut the gap to single digits, 55-46.
The lead was 10 points, 60-50, when Chilhowie put the game away with a 6-2 run ending with a layup by Sabo. The 6-foot-4 Warrior center finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Catron led Chilhowie with 20 points.
In addition to Frost’s 29, McGrady scored 18 to go with nine boards.
Chilhowie................17 23 15 22––77
Grayson County........7 21 13 19––62
Billings 0 2-2 2, Branch 5 2-4 12, Caudill 1 0-0 3, Tilson 2 0-0 4, Smarr 4 2-2 10, Hurley 2 2-2 6, Catron 6 7-8 20, Sabo 7 1-2 15, Kestner 2 0-0 5. Totals 29 16-20 77.
Grayson County (1-2)
Frost 9 7-11 29, Cannaday 1 0-0 2, Eller 3 0-0 8, Halsey 2 1-2 5, McGrady 8 2-7 18. Totals 23 10-20 62.
Three-point field goals – Chilhowie 3-13 (Caudill, Catron, Kestner). Grayson County 6-18 (Frost 4, Eller 2). Rebounds – Chilhowie 44 (Sabo 10), Grayson County 38 (McGrady 9). Turnovers – Chilhowie 19, Grayson County 21. Team fouls – Chilhowie 22, Grayson County 17. Fouled out – Sabo.
JV – Grayson County won.