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Gravley, Cavs pound Richlands

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Ryan Gravley became the sixth Cavalier boy to score 1,000 points in Carroll’s 85-41 win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– After three or four unsuccessful 3-point attempts, including one that was two-thirds of the way down before wriggling back up and out, Ryan Gravley may or may not have thought, ‘Enough is enough.’

His body language, though, plainly said, ‘It’s just three points. Let’s get this over with.’

Stuck at 997 career points for two and a half minutes while his teammates all but forced him to shoot, the Carroll County guard scored on back-to-back Gravley-esque moves to reach point #1,000. Though a solid 3-point shooter, these were the types of scores that made the quiet 6-foot senior the Southwest District player of the year as a junior (and most likely as a senior, too): penetrating the lane, going up in traffic amongst the big guys and finding a way to put the ball in the bucket.

Gravley became just the sixth Carroll County boy to reach 1,000 career points, highlighting the Cavaliers’ 85-41 SWD win Saturday over Richlands.

Carroll remained unbeaten after 14 games and is 3-0 in the league while Richlands dropped to 2-9, 0-3.

In a game that was almost totally devoid of suspense by the end of the first period, Gravley gave Cavalier fans a reason to hang around after he and his teammates had decimated the Blue Tornado in the first half.

Carroll County has had a series of withering rallies this year – a 21-1 spurt against Radford, 17 straight points against Abingdon – but nothing like this.The Cavs trailed 8-2 at the midway point of the first quarter before outscoring Richlands 51-8 the rest of the half.

Starting with two Gravley free throws at 4:10 of the first, the points started coming in bunches for Carroll County. Chris Smoot splashed back-to-back 3-pointers and Tyler Lineberry converted and-ones on consecutive trips down the floor. Smoot then scored off a Winston Giles steal and Austin Horton hit from the lane as the Cavaliers racked up 19 points in a little more than four minutes to lead 23-12 after one quarter.

It didn’t slow down in the second period, which saw Carroll pump in 30 more points. Starting with a Connor Lundy 3-pointer at the 7:06 mark, the Cavaliers finished the first half on a 28-2 run, scoring 23 straight during one stretch, to lead 53-16 at halftime.

Gravley’s big moment came on the second of two buckets 20 seconds apart in the third. He first drove the lane and put up a soft teardrop over two Richlands defenders. Next trip down the floor he darted toward the baseline while taking a leading pass on the right side of the lane, made a lightning-quick spin move to the bucket and floated laterally while kissing it off the backboard for his 1,001st point with 1:21 left in the quarter.

The Cavaliers briefly led by as many as 52 points, 77-25, on Blake Dalton’s layup with 6:17 to play.

Gravley finished with 20 points, Lundy had 16 and Smoot scored 10 for the Cavaliers. Lineberry, Dalton and Horton finished with nine each. Johnson and Ben Brown scored 13 each for Richlands.

 

Richlands..............12    4    9   16––41

Carroll County......23  30  16  16––85

 

Richlands (2-8, 0-3)

Moir 0 0-2 0, Call 1 2-4 4, Sahyouni 0 2-4 2, Anderson 1 2-2 4, Brown 5 0-0 13, Johnson 6 1-4 13, Hunsaker 0 5-5 5. Totals 13 12-21 41. 

Carroll County (14-0, 3-0)

Gravley 8 4-4 20, Smoot 4 0-0 10, Beamer 1 2-4 4, Lundy 6 0-0 16, Keith 2 0-0 4, Lineberry 2 5-6 9, Dalton 2 5-9 9, Horton 4 1-1 9, Holder 0 0-1 0. Hayton 2 0-0 4. Totals 31 17-25 85.

 

Three-point field goals – Richlands 3-16 (Brown 3), Carroll County 6-23 (Lundy 4, Smoot 2). Rebounds – Richlands 38 (Call 6), Carroll County 39 (Holder 6). Turnovers – Richlands 28, Carroll County 9. Team fouls – Richlands 16, Carroll County 17. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.