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McKinney’s 21 leads Tide boys

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Galax would lead Narrows by as many as 39 points before settling for a 78-43 MED win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 Galax jumped out to a huge first-quarter lead and opened Mountain Empire District play Friday with a 78-43 win over Narrows.

The Maroon Tide (8-1 overall, 1-0 district) never trailed after holding the Green Wave (5-5, 0-1) to eight first-quarter points.

Galax led 6-5 when it embarked on a 23-3 run over a stretch of nine minutes spanning the first and second quarters. Brock Cox drained a 3-pointer and Devonte McKinney hit a layup and free throw to ignite a run of 14 straight Maroon Tide points as Galax took a 23-8 lead into the second period.

“We were excited about tonight just to be able to have a ballgame,” said Galax coach Verl Brown, whose team had played once since Dec. 30. “It’s been practice, practice, practice, the kids were getting bored with it, but honestly, the guys have bought into the fact that we need to work on our defense. I know Narrows is young, but tonight I thought we did that.”

Narrows would score almost half of its points from behind the 3-point line as Galax limited the Green Wave to just four field goals from inside the arc through the first three periods.

The Tide scored the first six  points of the second quarter and later added a 10-0 spurt to triple up on the Wave 39-13 on Deion George’s steal and layup with 1:03 left in the first half. Galax led 41-16 at intermission, running two groups of five players for stretches of four to five minutes each.

“We know we can go 10 deep, or even farther, but we know than 10 deep we’re strong,” said Brown. “When we start playing three or four games a week, it’s not the first five, it’s who comes in after, and that’s what we’re trying to build.”

Austin Pack completed a three-point play to close the third quarter, dropping in a layup while being undercut, and following a nice tumble to the hardwood, sinking the free throw to send Galax into the fourth quarter on top 60-26.

Galax’s lead would grow to as large as 39 points, 65-26, on McKinney’s three-point play at 6:25 of the fourth. McKinney would score a career-high 21 points to lead the Maroon Tide, adding six rebounds and a pair of steals.

Justin Hash added 13 points and 10 assists and Jerad Brown had 11 points as 10 different Maroon Tide players scored.

Narrows was led by Brock Lusk with 19 points.

 

Narrows........8     8  10  17––43

Galax...........23  18  19  18––78

 

Narrows (5-5, 0-1)

Collins 1 0-0 3, Lusk 6 4-6 19, Thompson 1 0-0 3, Pennington 2 0-1 4, Burton 3 0-0 7, Cumbee 0 0-0 0, Craft 1 0-0 2, Blankenship 2 0-0 5. Totals 16 4-7 43.

Galax (8-1, 1-0)

Hash 4 4-4 13, Cox 1 0-0 3, Hanks 0 0-2 0, Brown 4 3-4 11, Pack 3 2-3 9, George 3 0-0 6, Quesenberry 1 0-0 3, Alouf 1 0-0 2, McKinney 9 3-7 21, Parsons 4 0-1 8, Garvey 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 12-21 78.

 

Three-point field goals – Narrows 7-29 (Lusk 3, Thompson, Burton, Blankenship), Galax 4-18 (Hash, Cox, Pack, Quesenberry). Rebounds – Narrows 27 (Cumbee 7), Galax 51 (George 9). Turnovers – Narrows 19, Galax 15. Team fouls – Narrows 15, Galax 11. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.

 

JV – Galax won.