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Galax girls survive Green Wave

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The Maroon Tide didn’t play its best but it played well enough to hold off Narrows, 44-40.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

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Galax survived one of its poorer shooting nights but was able to hang on to the top spot in the Mountain Empire District’s girls’ basketball standings, edging last-place Narrows 44-40 Friday.

The Maroon Tide (12-3 overall, 5-0 MED) trailed by as many as five points in the third quarter and didn’t take the lead for good until Bailey Shumate hit two free throws for a 36-35 lead with 3:58 to play.

Narrows (4-11, 0-5) only scored one point in its next four possessions while Allison White scored twice from the paint, the second basket giving the Tide a five-point spread, 41-36, with 1:33 to play.

Following a Savanna Burton foul shot for Narrows, Shumate drove in for a layup for a 43-37 lead with 28 seconds left, but the outcome was still in question as Narrows’s Tiffany Perdue swished a 3-pointer with 12 ticks left for a 43-40 game.

White hit one of two from the foul line with 7.5 seconds left to seal the win.

Narrows hasn’t won since Burton went down with a foot injury in early December and missed seven games. In her second game back, the versatile Narrows star converted a three-point play off a stickback to open the third quarter.

Galax hit just 2-of-18 from the floor in the third, and fell behind 28-23 on a Perdue jumper from the wing with 1:06 left in the third.

Taylor Bryant’s putback to close the third quarter started what would turn into an 11-2 run stretching into the fourth. Sydney Lindsey hit two free throws off an offensive board, then stole the inbounds pass, drew a foul and hit one of two for a 32-30 lead early in the fourth.

Hailey Cassell’s putback capped the Galax run but another three-point play by Burton off an offensive board gave the Green Wave its last lead, 35-34, with 4:17 left.

Galax was just 7-of-26 from the field, 4-of-10 from the foul line and committed nine turnovers in the first half. Tied at 13, Shumate knocked down a 3-pointer, White scored on a putback and Bryant fed a trailing White for a nice transition layup for a 20-13 Galax lead, but Narrows was able to pull to within three by halftime on layups by Burton and Samantha Weatherly.

Shumate scored 15 points, White tallied 13 and Bryant added seven points and 12 rebounds for Galax. Burton led all scorers with 20 points for Narrows, which was 9-of-22 from the foul line.

 

Narrows......10    7  11  12––40

Galax...........10  10    5  19––44

 

Narrows (4-11, 0-5)

Weatherly 2 0-0 4, Johnston 0 0-0 0, Perdue 2 1-2 6, Hagerman 3 0-2 6, Burton 6 8-15 20, Mosley 2 0-2 4, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 9-21 40.

Galax (12-3, 5-0)

Russell 0 0-1 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Shumate 5 3-4 15, White 6 1-2 13, Bryant 3 2-4 7, Ha.Cassell 1 1-2 3, Hanks 0 0-0 0, Vaughan 0 0-0 0, Lindsey 0 3-4 3. Totals 15 11-21 44.

 

Three-point field goals – Narrows 1-10 (Perdue), Galax 3-17 (Shumate 2, Bryant). Rebounds – Narrows 45 (Burton 13), Galax 45 (Bryant 12). Turnovers – Narrows 20, Galax 15. Team fouls – Narrows 16, Galax 14. Fouled out – Mosley. Technical fouls – none.