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OT is OK this time around

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Shut out in its first overtime of the year, Grayson County outscored Fort 13-2 to win its MED opener.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

MAX MEADOWS –– In its two overtime games this season, Grayson County has given up a total of three points in the extra sessions. The Blue Devils were actually able to score a few themselves this time around.

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Blanked in a one-point OT loss to Carroll County a couple of weeks ago, Grayson County scored the first seven points of overtime and limited Fort Chiswell to one field goal in the OT period, taking a 63-52 win in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools.

Adam Wyatt gave the Blue Devils (7-3 overall, 1-0 district) the lead for good with a pair of foul shots 16 seconds into overtime, and Mikey Rodgers later put back the missed second shot of a one-and-one. Wyatt scored on a cut to the basket with 2:42 left in OT as Grayson zipped out to a 57-50 lead.

Fort Chiswell (3-5, 0-1) got its only points of the overtime period on a Daniel Hamm putback but would go just 1-of-7 from the floor with three turnovers after regulation. All the rest of Grayson’s scoring came from the foul line as the Blue Devils hit 6-of-8 from the stripe in the final 2:21.

Grayson County took a 41-33 lead into the fourth quarter but went scoreless for nearly two and a half minutes as Fort Chiswell started the fourth with a 9-0 run. Hamm opened the quarter with a three-point play and Fort took the lead on Levi Mooney’s long jumper with 5:52 on the clock.

The lead changed hands five times over the next two minutes until Lucas Rudy fed Wyatt on a backdoor cut, then later tipped in a missed shot. A Wyatt free throw with 35 seconds left in regulation had the Devils up 50-47 before Mooney knotted the score with 10.4 ticks remaining.

Grayson called timeout to set up a final play but lost control under its own bucket and failed to put up a shot, sending the two teams to overtime deadlocked at 50.

Mooney’s bucket for the lead early in the fourth was Fort Chiswell’s first lead of the night as the Blue Devils scored the game’s first five points and held the lead for more than three periods. Landon Frost swished a 3-pointer to close the first quarter with Grayson on top 15-10, and though the Pioneers were able to hang around, Fort Chiswell could never surge into the lead. The Blue Devils’ largest lead in the first half was a nine-point advantage late in the second period, thanks to an 8-3 run. Ty Cannaday’s putback had Grayson in front 30-21 but Fort Chiswell closed the half with five straight points to go to the break down just 30-26.

The Blue Devils led by as many as 10 in the third period. Mikey Rodgers scored off a Max Rogers steal, and a takeaway by Lucas Mitchell resulted in a Max Rodgers lay in for a 39-29 lead at 3:02 of the third. Grayson County would get just one field goal over the next 6:23 as the Pioneers methodically whittled away at the Blue Devil lead.

Cannaday led Grayson County with 15 points, Max Rodgers scored 14 and Wyatt added 11 for the Blue Devils. Hamm totaled 14 points and Thomas chipped in 10 for Fort Chiswell, which was just 9-of-19 from the foul line.

 

Grayson County......15  15  11    9  13––63

Fort Chiswell...........10  16    7  17    2––52

 

Grayson County (7-3, 1-0)

Frost 1 1-2 4, Cannaday 3 7-10 15, Rudy 2 1-2 5, Mk.Rodgers 3 2-2 8, Mx.Rodgers 7 0-0 14, Wyatt 3 5-9 11, Mitchell 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 16-25 63.

Fort Chiswell (3-5, 0-1)

Mooney 2 2-2 7, Mabry 4 0-1 8, Hamm 6 2-2 14, Perry 0 1-4 1, Hale 5 0-0 10, Crockett 1 0-0 2, Thomas 3 4-10 10. Totals 21 9-19 52.

 

Three-point field goals – Grayson County 3-14 (Cannaday 2, Frost), Fort Chiswell 1-9 (Mooney). Rebounds – Grayson County 35 (Mk.Rodgers 6), Fort Chiswell 42 (Thomas 11). Turnovers – Grayson County 13, Fort Chiswell 22. Team fouls – Grayson County 17, Fort Chiswell 23. Fouled out – Hamm. Technical fouls – none.

 

JV – Fort Chiswell won.