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Facing a six-point halftime deficit, Galax blasted its way into a double-figure lead by the end of the third quarter but had to survive one final scare before emerging with a 49-48 win over Narrows in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Friday.
The win gets the Maroon Tide’s head above water in the league standings at 5-4 and evens its overall record at 9-9. Narrows dropped to 8-10, 2-5 with the loss.
Despite the double-digit fourth-quarter lead, Galax had to battle its way out of a tie game in the final three minutes following a furious Narrows rally. The Maroon Tide held a 49-47 lead when Narrows rebounded a missed Galax foul shot with 6.8 seconds to play, and the Green Wave’s Tiffany Perdue raced upfloor and drew a foul some 25 feet away from the bucket with 1.6 seconds showing on the clock. Narrows’ top outside threat, Perdue had struggled at the foul line Friday and had missed her first four attempts from the stripe – all in the fourth quarter – before calmly swishing the front end of the double-bonus to cut the lead to a point. But following a Galax timeout, Perdue’s second attempt was off left and was batted out of bounds as the final horn sounded.
Narrows dug itself out of an early hole and seized a 15-10 lead by the early stages of the second quarter and took a 22-18 lead at intermission as Victoria Wade rattled home a 3-pointer to close the half.
Galax caught up with Narrows at 29 as Susan Davis scored seven straight Maroon Tide points, including a tying 3-pointer at the 4:33 mark of the third period.
Davis’ trey served as the spark that would ignite a run of 15 unanswered Galax points stretching into the early part of the fourth quarter. Davis scored nine of her 15 points in the third, Paige Hanks nailed a 3-pointer and Lindsey converted a driving layup on either side of the third-quarter horn to spot the Maroon Tide a 41-29 lead.
Here came the Green Wave.
After more than four scoreless minutes, Narrows pumped in 16 points in the ensuing four minutes to climb back into it. Perdue drove for two and followed with a 3-pointer, then added another slashing layup for the Wave. Shelby Baker, who was a beast on the offensive glass and led all scorers with 18 points, completed a three-point play off of a stickback to cap a 16-4 run and draw Narrows even at 45-45 with 3:18 to go.
Galax took its final lead on a Madison Shupe free throw with 3:11 left, and Narrows had a chance to regain the lead but missed two foul shots at the 2:45 mark, two of the Green Wave’s nine errant free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Carleigh Pack finished a fast break for a 48-45 Tide lead, and following a Baker basket for Narrows, Davis hit the front end of a one-and-one for what would prove to be the eventual winning point.
Lindsey matched Davis’ scoring output with 15 of her own and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Maroon Tide. Darian Nagel scored 12 and Perdue finished with 10 for Narrows.
Narrows......13 9 7 19––48
Galax...........10 6 21 10––49
Narrows (8-10, 2-5)
S.Weatherly 1 2-4 4, Sh.Davis 0 0-1 0, Perdue 4 1-6 10, Nagel 2 8-13 12, Baker 6 6-9 18, Smith 0 1-2 1, Wade 1 0-0 3. Totals 14 18-35 48.
Galax (9-9, 5-4)
Su.Davis 5 3-7 15, Ayers 0 3-4 3, Hanks 3 0-0 7, Shupe 3 1-2 7, Pack 1 0-2 2, Lindsey 6 3-5 15. Totals 18 10-20 49.
Three-point field goals – Narrows 2 (Perdue, Wade), Galax 3 (Su.Davis 2, Hanks). Team fouls – Narrows 14, Galax 22. Fouled out – Hanks, Lindsey. Technical fouls – none.
JV – Narrows won.