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Maroon Tide bounces Fort

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Galax battled through foul trouble and held the Pioneers to six made field goals to win by 13.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

MAX MEADOWS –– Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Galax’s win Wednesday at Fort Chiswell was not a thing of beauty, but there is no such thing as an unattractive victory.

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In a game that was slowed to a crawl at times by 48 fouls, 71 free throw attempts and five disqualifications, the Maroon Tide notched a big Mountain Empire District win by holding off the Pioneers 46-33.

The win sets up a key showdown Friday against Grayson County in a meeting between two teams with district title aspirations.

Fort Chiswell may have opened some eyes with Friday’s win over Grayson County, but Maroon Tide coach Yerrick Stoneman was already aware of the Pioneers.

“They had my attention well before that,” said Stoneman of Fort, which had won seven of eight before a Monday loss to Auburn. “We did an excellent job on [Sarah] Whisman. She’s averaging 18 points per game and we held her [six points] below her average, we held [Amber] Chrisley below her average, so defensively we did a lot of great things.”

One of which was holding Fort Chiswell to just six field goals made the entire night. The Pioneers were just 2-of-22 from the floor in the first half, 6-of-41 for the game, including 1-for-14 on 3-point attempts. Galax played excellent free throw defense as well, with Fort making just 20 of its 41 attempts from the line.

“We didn’t shoot free throws well,” said Stoneman of his team’s 15-of-29 effort, “but the good thing is that they didn’t either.”

Galax racked up 14 fouls in the first half alone, and with three starters drawing two personals each, the Maroon Tide went to situational subbing, something normally reserved for late in the fourth quarter. The Maroon Tide bench came through as Galax trailed for just 20 seconds the entire game.

“Lauren Garvey stepped in and handled the ball, didn’t turn it over, and [Lindsey] Ayers did extremely well defensively, and had a couple of nice passes that led to layups,” Stoneman said.

Galax opened the night on an 11-2 run that was finished off by a layup and later a 3-pointer by Susan Davis. Fort Chiswell’s only lead of the night was 16-15 after two Whisman free throws at 1:17 of the second period, but Davis splashed another trey 20 seconds later and Galax never trailed again.

Lindsey made two foul shots and Holly Cassell hit a jumper from 16 feet away to send Galax into intermission with a 23-19 lead.

Lindsey opened the second half by scoring off an inbounds play and later on a putback to widen the lead to eight. She finished with 14 points and had an astounding night on the glass.

“The biggest thing for us was what Syd did,” Stoneman said. “She had 27 rebounds, and that was huge for us.”

Galax pushed its lead to double digits when Ayers hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter for a 38-27 lead. Fort Chiswell got back to within seven points with 5:46 to go but managed just one free throw the rest of the way. The Pioneers left plenty of points on the floor, going just 5-of-18 from the foul line in the second half.

Davis also scored 14 for Galax. Paige Hanks and Carolyn Vaughan combined for 15 boards as the Tide outrebounded the Pioneers 53-38. Whisman had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Fort Chiswell. 

 

Galax.................11  12  12  11––46

Fort Chiswell......5  14    8    6––33

 

Galax (7-5, 2-0)

Davis 4 4-6 14, Ayers 2 3-7 8, Hanks 2 0-0 4, Vaughan 1 2-3 4, Cassell 1 0-2 2, Lindsey 4 6-12 14. Totals 14 15-30 46. 

Fort Chiswell (7-5, 1-1)

Chrisley 1 6-13 8, Smith 0 2-2 2, Mooney 1 0-0 3, Woods 0 0-1 0, Turner 1 0-4 2, Whisman 3 7-11 12, Hovencamp 0 2-2 2, Hight 0 3-8 3. Totals 6 20-41 33.

 

Three-point field goals – Galax 3-12 (Davis 2, Ayers), Fort Chiswell 1-14 (Mooney). Rebounds – Galax 53 (Lindsey 27), Fort Chiswell 38 (Whisman 13). Turnovers – Galax 20, Fort Chiswell 15. Team fouls – Galax 25, Fort Chiswell 23. Fouled out – Vaughan, Cassell, Chrisley, Turner, Hovencamp. Technical fouls – none.

 

JV  Fort Chiswell won.