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Gambill, Alleghany down Galax

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The Trojan guard poured in 39 points as Alleghany took a 67-40 win over the Maroon Tide.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 SPARTA, N.C. –– Kennedy Gambill nearly outscored Galax by herself, pouring in 39 points to lead Alleghany past the Maroon Tide 67-40 in the Alleghany Showcase tournament Wednesday.

Gambill, a junior guard, knocked down six 3-pointers and was 15-of-19 from the foul line as the Trojans improved to 6-3 on the year. Galax saw its record even at 4-4.

Gambill had 25 points by halftime, hitting five treys and dumping in 17 points in the second quarter alone. Galax trailed just 10-8 entering the second when Gambill caught fire, hitting from downtown on consecutive possessions as the Trojans opened the second on a 10-2 run. She would connect twice more from behind the arc and Megan Lyons scored from the lane as Alleghany doubled up the Tide 28-14.

Taylor Bryant’s 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in the first half had Galax within a workable 13 points, 30-17, but Gambill had one last bomb to launch before halftime, starting a 14-2 run that would extend into the third quarter.

After hitting just two of its first 15 shots from the floor, Alleghany was 8-for-19 in the second period while Galax struggled through a 6-for-28 slump in the first two quarters.

Molly Grubb swished a 3-pointer as Alleghany took a 27-point lead, its largest of the night, 49-22 with 3:20 left in the third.

Galax used a massive night on the boards by Allison White to begin whittling away. White had 15 of her 20 rebounds in the second half, and her free throw, coming after a Cassell 3-pointer, pulled Galax to within 20 points, 50-30, just before the end of the third period.

The Tide pulled to as close as 14 points, 54-37, on White’s basket from the paint and Cassell hit her fourth 3-pointer of the night soon after, but Alleghany closed the game on a 12-0 run to pull away.

Cassell led Galax with 12 points.

 

Galax................................. 8      9     13    10––40

Alleghany, NC................. 10    23    19    15––67

 

Galax (4-4)

Shumate 3 1-2 7, White 3 3-7 9, Bryant 2 0-0 5, Reynolds 2 0-0 4, Cassell 4 0-0 12, Bobbitt 0 1-2 1, Vaughan 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 5-13 40.

Alleghany, NC (5-3)

Sprinkle 1 0-0 2, Lyons 4 1-3 9, Blevins 2 0-2 4, Murray 2 2-2 7, Ke.Gambill 9 15-19 39, Ka.Gambill 1 0-0 2, Grubb 1 1-2 4. Totals 20 19-28 67.

 

Three-point field goals – Galax 5-22 (Cassell 4, Bryant), Alleghany 10-36 (Ke.Gambill 6, Murray, Grubb). Rebounds – Galax 44 (White 20), Alleghany 45 (Grubb 11). Turnovers – Galax 22, Alleghany 12. Team fouls – Galax 16, Alleghany 12. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.