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Devils run past Narrows

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Grayson County used a pair of lengthy runs to propel its way to a 79-58 win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 NARROWS –– Taking a win at the cozy confines of William Patteson Gymnasium is never an easy task. Even when that win includes a 26-point lead at some time.

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Playing for just the second time in three weeks, Grayson County found itself in a battle for the better part of three quarters before pulling away to a 79-58 victory over Narrows in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

It took a 14-0 run in the first half just to forge a 32-28 halftime lead, and the Blue Devils (7-3 overall, 1-0 district) led by just six before pouring on the steam down the stretch. Chandler Burton’s basket had Narrows (7-8, 0-4) down just 43-37 with 3:52 remaining in the third period when Grayson County strung together a 28-5 rally to pull out to a comfortable margin midway through the fourth.

Two inside baskets by Eric Harvey and two transition scores from Mikey Rodgers answered Burton’s shot and sent Grayson into the fourth quarter with a 53-39 cushion. 

Harvey opened the fourth with a reverse layup off a Tyler Rutherford steal, and following a Ben Thompson trey for the Green Wave, the Blue Devils rattled off 16 of the game’s next 19 points. Rutherford followed Thompson’s 3-pointer with one of his own to spark the run, Rodgers scored twice inside and Harvey had nine straight Grayson County points, including a steal and one-handed dunk that brought cheers from even the rabid Green Wave faithful. 

His stickback with 3:44 to play gave Grayson County its largest lead of the night, 71-44.

Despite going 1-for-7 from behind the arc in the second half, Grayson still managed to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor after halftime, hitting 22-of-41 attempts.

Grayson had to battle for its four-point halftime lead, using a 16-0 run to erase what had been a 19-14 deficit. The Devils repeatedly scored in transition against Narrows, scoring eight points on the run during the spurt to lead 30-19. A pair of Brock Lusk 3-pointers helped pull the Green Wave back to within a 32-28 deficit by halftime.

Thanks largely to its running game Grayson County shot 67 percent (34-of-51) from inside the 3-point line. Harvey led all scorers with 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Rodgers added a strong 24 points, five boards and four steals.

Lusk hit five of the Green Wave’s 13 treys and finished with 19 points, Burton tossed in 14 and Thompson added 10.

 

Grayson County......14  18  21  26––79

Narrows...................16  12  11  19––58

 

Grayson County (7-3, 1-0)

Rutherford 3 2-2 9, Rodgers 12 0-2 24, Rudy 2 0-0 4, Cornett 2 2-3 6, Cannaday 1 0-0 2, Harvey 13 4-5 30, Anders 2 0-0 4. Totals 35 8-12 79.

Narrows (7-8, 0-4)

Lusk 7 0-2 19, Thompson 3 1-2 10, Burton 6 0-1 14, Cumbee 1 0-0 2, Craft 1 0-0 2, Blankenship 3 0-0 8, Albert 1 0-0 3. Totals 22 1-7 58.

 

Three-point field goals – Grayson County 1-16 (Rutherford), Narrows 13-35 (Lusk 5, Thompson 3, Burton 2, Blankenship 2, Albert). Rebounds – Grayson County 51 (Harvey 17), Narrows 33 (Burton 10). Turnovers – Grayson County 14, Narrows 23. Team fouls – Grayson County 15, Narrows 12. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.

JV – Narrows 29-26.

 

GIRLS

Grayson County put up its second-highest point total of the year and played evenly with Narrows after halftime, but a rugged first 16 minutes were too much to overcome as the Blue Devils remained winless after a 58-32 loss.

Narrows (13-2, 2-2) forced turnovers on Grayson’s first seven possessions and attempted 10 field goals before the Devils (0-9, 0-2) took their first shot, jumping out to a 19-3 lead after the first quarter.

Cameron Snidow scored seven points in the first period, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, then opened the second quarter with a transition layup as Narrows scored the first 10 points of the period to lead 29-3.

Taylor Hale’s basket ended the Green Wave run but Grayson still trailed 36-10 at the half. Lucy Phipps connected three times in the third period as Grayson trimmed the gap to 45-20 by the start of the fourth, and the Blue Devils were briefly inside of 20 points after a 10-1 run, with Catherine Vaughan’s jumper from the wing making it a 47-30 game with 3:08 to go.

Vaughan led Grayson County with 11 points. Snidow paced all scorers with 19 for Narrows and Savanna Burton added 13.

 

Grayson County......3    7    10  12––32

Narrows.................19   17    9  13––58

 

Grayson County (0-9, 0-2)

Lawrence 0 0-2 0, Eller 2 2-2 6, Hale 1 0-0 2, Vaughan 4 2-4 11, Barrett 1 2-2 4, VanDyke 1 0-0 2, Unhoch 1 0-0 2, Phipps 3 1-4 7. Totals 12 7-14 32.

Narrows (13-2, 2-2)

Reed 3 0-0 6, Johnson 1 1-4 3, Snidow 5 7-12 19, Perdue 1 2-3 4, Burton 5 3-6 13, Carter 2 2-4 6, Hagerman 2 2-2 6. Totals 19 17-31 58.

 

Three-point field goals – Grayson County 1-8 (Vaughan), Narrows 2-6 (Snidow 2). Rebounds – Grayson County 41 (Vaughan 7), Narrows 40 (Johnson, Burton 7). Turnovers – Grayson County 33, Narrows 19. Team fouls – Grayson County 19, Narrows 14. Fouled out – Phipps. Technical fouls – none.