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Grayson Co. girls surge to win

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The Blue Devils snapped a three-year MED drought by topping the Pioneers 48-39.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE –– Slowly but surely, Grayson County’s girls’ basketball program is getting there. The Blue Devils even have a winning streak going.

With four freshmen in its starting lineup, Grayson County used a 16-0 run spanning halftime to separate itself from Fort Chiswell, winning its first Mountain Empire District game since the 2007-08 season, a span of 27 regular season and tournament games, with a 48-39 decision Friday night.

The Pioneers (4-8 overall, 0-3 district) led 13-11 on a 3-pointer by Amber Chrisley when the Blue Devils (5-4, 1-0), winners of two straight, began to take control of the game. Starting with a Meredith Frost 3-pointer at the 3:46 mark of the second period, Grayson County scored the final 12 points of the first half. Frost added another trey 90 seconds later and Camryn McGrady scored twice underneath as the Blue Devils went into the half leading 23-13.

Natasha Moore scored on a cut to the basket to open the second half and McGrady added a putback to cap the 16-point surge with 6:03 remaining in the third period.

Fort's scoring drought would cover nearly seven minutes, ending with an Amber Chrisley jumper from the wing at 4:52 of the third.

The Blue Devils continued to pull away throughout the third period. Moore and McGrady each scored again for Grayson County, Frost and Sarah Eller converted fast break opportunities, and the quarter ended with another McGrady putback and a slashing move by Frost that sent the Blue Devils into the fourth quarter holding a 39-22 lead.

Autumn Halsey sank a free throw and Lydia Flippin connected from the wing to stretch the lead to 20 points, 42-22, early in the fourth quarter. Grayson’s advantage remained 20 points until Fort Chiswell closed the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:16.

Neither team had much luck in the first quarter, floundering to a 7-7 tie. Fort Chiswell committed 12 turnovers in the first eight minutes alone but got three Sarah Whisman baskets to keep pace with Grayson County. The Pioneers would commit 20 turnovers before halftime, 29 for the game.

McGrady led all scorers with 18 points and would pull in 11 rebounds to go with five steals for Grayson County, which shot 35 percent from the floor (20-for-57) as a team. Frost added a strong 15 points for the Blue Devils.

Whisman and Chrisley paced Fort Chiswell with 15 and 10 points, respectively, and Hannah Hovencamp had nine rebounds. The Pioneers shot just 27 percent, 13-of-48, from the field.

Fort Chiswell...........7    6    9  17––39

Grayson County......7  16  16    9––48

 

Fort Chiswell (4-8, 0-3)

Chrisley 2 6-10 10, Mooney 3 0-0 9, Turner 1 1-4 3, Whisman 6 3-6 15, Hovencamp 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 10-20 39.

Grayson County (5-5, 1-0)

Frost 5 3-7 15, Eller 1 0-0 2, Halsey 0 3-6 3, Moore 2 0-3 4, Meier 0 0-0 0, Flippin 1 0-0 2, McGrady 9 0-0 18, Shupe 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 6-16 48.

 

Three-point field goals – Fort Chiswell 3-12 (Mooney 3), Grayson County 2-9 (Frost 2). Rebounds – Fort Chiswell 44 (Hovencamp 9), Grayson County 41 (McGrady 14), Turnovers – Fort Chiswell 29, Grayson County 22. Team fouls – Fort Chiswell 18, Grayson County 15. Fouled out – Chrisley. Technical fouls – none.