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Grayson boys, Galax girls win regional quarters

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ROUND-UP

By Staff Reports

Having opened the season by splitting a pair of games against Rural Retreat back in December, Galax showed how far it has progressed Tuesday with a 59-22 win over the Indians in the Region C Division 1 girls’ quarterfinals.

The Maroon Tide has come a long way, but it has a little farther to go.

“We’re still quite a way from where we want to be,” Tide coach Yerrick Stoneman said. “If we can get one more win we’ll be a lot closer.”

Third-seeded Galax (16-9) faced No. 2 Northwood on Thursday in the region semifinals, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s title game and earning a state tournament berth.

The Maroon Tide roared out of the gates and opened up a 30-8 lead by halftime as Sydney Lindsey scored all 21 of her points in the first half.

“Our pressure really was a factor,” Stoneman said. “She scored eight of our first 10 points and they were all on layups and putbacks, so defensively we played about as well as we have played in a while.”

Carolyn Vaughan added 10 points for the Maroon Tide, which got between four and six points each from five other players.

Rural Retreat’s season ended at 10-15.

 

Rural Retreat......2    6    6    8––22

Galax................14  16  15  14––59

 

Rural Retreat (10-15)

King 6, Jones 5, Hall 2, Steppe 2, Rugenstien 3, Parks 4.

Galax (16-9)

Scott 4, Davis 4, Ayers 2, Ashworth 5, Hanks 5, Pack 6, Neff 2, Vaughan 10, Lindsey 21.

 

Three-point field goals – Rural Retreat none, Galax 5 (Vaughan 2, Ashworth, Hanks, Pack).

 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Grayson County 76, Floyd County 67: The Blue Devils built a seven-point halftime lead, fought off a rally by the Buffaloes and advance to the Region C Division 2 semifinals with the nine-point win Wednesday in Independence.

“We played some good ball, I’m proud of the kids,” Grayson County coach Lucas Austin said. “I thought we played with a  lot of poise.”

No. 6 Floyd County (19-7) was a tough first-round draw for third-seeded Grayson (18-6), having already knocked off the Blue Devils 80-72 earlier in the year, but the Mountain Empire District champions took a 37-30 lead into the half and never trailed again.

Mikey Rodgers poured in 24 points and Ty Cannaday contributed a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Caleb Tanner drained seven 3-pointers and led all scorers with 34 points for the Buffaloes. Cole Worrell and Brandon Lemons added 10 points apiece.

Grayson advances to the semifinals against No. 7 Graham on the G-Men’s home floor tonight (Friday).

 

 

Floyd County...........15  15  21  16––67

Grayson County......21  16  19  20––76

 

Floyd County (19-7)

Faulkner 3, Tanner 34, Worrell 10, Neukirch 4, Harris 6, Lemons 10.

Grayson County (18-6)

Frost 2, Cannaday 22, Rudy 9, Mk.Rodgers 24, Mx.Rodgers 9, Wyatt 6, Circle 4.

 

Three-point field goals – Floyd County 10 (Tanner 7, Worrell 2, Neukirch), Grayson County 2 (Cannaday, Mx.Rodgers).