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INDEPENDENCE -- Galax opened the second half on an 11-2 run to get some breathing room and held off Grayson County 53-40 in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Wednesday evening.
The Maroon Tide (9-8 overall, 2-3 district) led 27-21 at halftime before taking control early in the third quarter. Taylor Bryant scored on a stickback and then swished a 3-pointer for Galax to open the second half, and Burgandy Bobbitt scored twice from the paint as the Galax lead grew to 36-19 midway through the third. Hailey Cassell drained a 15-foot jumper a minute later and Galax enjoyed its largest lead of the night, 38-19. Grayson County (0-14, 0-5) trimmed the gap to 12 points late in the third as Devin Osborne’s 3-pointer pulled the Devils to within 40-28, and Grayson eventually got as close as 10 points late in the fourth. Galax went scoreless the first 3:37 of the fourth as Grayson closed to within 42-31, but Bailey Shumate scored in transition to end the Maroon Tide’s drought with 4:23 to go. Shumate fed Bobbitt for a layup before Jessica Caudill drained a 3-pointer followed by an Osborne jumper from the lane as Grayson closed to within 46-36 with 3:17 to play. Shumate widened the lead to 13 points with a trey from the left wing, and the Blue Devils weren’t able to take advantage of a golden opportunity, getting just two points out of a possible six-point possession. A personal foul and a technical foul gave Grayson County four free throws and possession trailing by 13, but the Devils managed to hit just two foul shots and then turned the ball over on a Channing Russell steal that set up a Shumate breakaway. Grayson County was holding its own early on, tying the game at 8-8 on a Vaughan basket underneath, but Galax used a Russell trey, a Cassell steal and lay-in and an Allison White bucket to pull out to a 15-10 lead, never to trail again. The Tide closed the half with a flurry as Bryant connected from the lane and Russell hit two free throws, then swiped a Grayson pass and ended the half with a layup for a 27-19 lead at intermission. Bryant led all scorers with a career-best 15 points. Osborne paced the Blue Devils with 11 points. Galax.......................13 14 13 13––53 Grayson County......10 9 9 12––40
Galax (9-8, 2-3) Shumate 4 0-0 9, Russell 2 2-2 7, White 2 2-4 6, Bryant 8 0-0 15, Cassell 2 2-3 6, Bobbitt 4 2-3 6, Cardwell 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 6-9 53. Grayson County (0-14, 0-5) Spurlin 2 3-4 7, Wingate 2 3-6 7, Osborne 5 0-0 11, Vaughan 2 0-1 4, Caudill 3 0-0 7, Moore 1 2-4 4. Totals 15 8-16 40.
Three-point field goals – Galax 3 (Shumate, Russell, Bryant), Grayson County 2 (Osborne, Caudill). JV – Galax 34-13.