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INDEPENDENCE – If Galax Maroon Tide coach Verl Brown had any worries about his team scoring, their output against the Grayson County Blue Devils should put his mind to ease.
Brown said before the game Friday night that the Maroon Tide was fortunate to win a 45-36 Mountain Empire District game over the Narrows Green Wave Thursday in a game that they only scored 11 points in the first half.
But that wasn’t the case against the Blue Devils.
The Maroon Tide was clicking on all cylinders and when the smoke cleared, Galax had beaten Grayson 78-45 in a Mountain Empire District game.
Cliff Conley hit the first basket of the game for the Maroon Tide, a 3-pointer and the Maroon Tide scored at will, building a 7-0 lead before Lucas Mitchell hit a pair of free throws for a 7-2 deficit.
The Tide took an 18-10 lead after the first period and used a swarming defense to hold the Blue Devils to only six points while putting 44 points on the scoreboard to put the game out of reach for the Blue Devils.
Galax built a 64-35 lead after the third period and Brown used every player on his bench in the fourth period to finish off the Blue Devils.
A high point in the game came with just over two minutes to play in the third period when senior Max Rodgers connected on the second of a pair of free throws to reach the 1,000 career point plateau.
The game was stopped and the game ball was presented to Rodgers.
He didn’t last long after the celebration as he picked up his fifth foul with 7:40 left in the game and headed to the bench.
The Tide (13-3, 7-1 MED) finished with nine 3-pointers while the Blue Devils finished with none.
Eleven players got into the scoring column for the Maroon Tide with Conley and Chandler Quesenberry leading the pack with 14 points each. Conley hit four of the Maroon Tide’s 3-pointers.
Rodgers was the only Blue Devil in double figures with 10.
Galax.......................18 26 20 14––78
Grayson County......10 6 19 10––45
Galax (12-3, 6-1)
K.Brown 4, Bartlett 8, Conley 14, D.Brown 9, Peoples 4, Merdian 2, Quesenberry 14, Matthews 7, Pack 4, Garvey 4, DiGiacomo 8.
Grayson County (5-12, 2-3)
Williams 6, Cannaday 8, Hill 6, Rodgers 10, Davis 5, Hawks 2, Halsey 1, Mitchell 7.
Three-point field goals – Galax 9 (Conley 4, Quesenberry 2, Bartlett 2, Matthews), Grayson County none.
JV – Grayson County, 39-36.
Galax 47, Grayson County 45: Galax shook off a cold shooting first half Friday night to edge the Grayson County Blue Devils 47-45 in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game.
The Blue Devils owned the first half, taking an 11-7 lead after the first period.
Meredith Frost opened the second period hitting a 3-pointer for the Blue Devils followed by two free throws by Camryn McGrady.
The Blue Devils took their biggest lead of the half when Frost hit a basket and made the free throw after being fouled on the play for a 19-7 lead.
Grayson had a comfortable 25-13 lead at halftime.
But the Maroon Tide changed the momentum in the third period, chipping away at the lead and trailed 35-31 at the end of the period.
Susan Davis tied the score at 35 and McGrady gave the Blue Devils their last lead when she hit a free throw with six minutes to play.
Madison Shupe hit a 3-pointer to put the Maroon Tide on top at 38-36.
Frost hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 47-45 with three seconds to play. The Tide inbounded the pass without any problem and ran out the clock.
McGrady led all scorers with 17 points for the Blue Devils and Frost added 11.
Davis tallied 13 to lead the Maroon Tide, Sydney Lindsey added 12 and Shupe 10.
Galax..........................7 6 18 16––47
Grayson County......11 14 10 10––45
Galax (7-8, 3-4)
Davis 13, Ayers 2, Hanks 1, Shupe 10, Pack 9, Lindsey 12.
Grayson County (10-7, 4-2)
Frost 11, Cannaday 5, Halsey 6, Vaught 2, McGrady 17, Hart 4.
Three-point field goals – Galax 4 (Shupe 2, Pack, Lindsey), Grayson County 2 (Frost, Cannaday).
JV – Grayson County, 24-20.