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Galax’s girls lose on two free throws with :01 left; Galax’s boys dominant in

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

SPARTA, N.C. –– Both of Galax’s basketball teams trudged off the floor following their respective bouts with Elkin on Tuesday, wearily walking toward the locker rooms following an exhausting 32 minutes of play.

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Galax’s boys were feeling the evening in their legs and in their lungs. No less physically drained, the Tide girls were feeling the effects more in their hearts and in their minds.

Galax ran circles around Elkin in the second game of the Cross Border Shootout at Alleghany High School, roasting the Elks 82-39 for a nondistrict boys’ win. Earlier in the day, the Lady Maroon Tide appeared to have rallied for a win over the Lady Elks, but two Elkin free throws with one second to play resulted in a 34-33 loss for Galax.

Allison White scored a transition bucket off a pass from Jamie Webb to give Galax (4-5) a 32-29 lead with 3:42 remaining. Neither team would hit another field goal, but Elkin tied the game at 32 when Jordan Eldridge was intentionally fouled while going in for a layup and hit both free throws with 17 seconds to play.

Elkin retained possession of the ball, needing just one point to win, but jacked up two errant 3-pointers despite having missed all 17 pervious attempts from that range. Burgandy Bobbitt grabbed the second miss and was fouled with seven seconds left, hitting the first foul shot for a 33-32 lead.

Elkin inbounded to Eldridge, who raced the length of the floor and drew a foul underneath with one tick left on the clock. Eldridge calmly swished both shots, stealing the win for the Elks (4-3).

Galax trailed by as many as eight points in the first half before closing in just before intermission. The two teams were a combined 3-for-22 from the floor in the first quarter as the Elks took a 7-5 lead after eight minutes. Alli Newman opened the second quarter with a three-point play and would score five more points as the lead stretched to 19-11 by the 2:14 mark of the second.

Galax trailed 21-14 when a four-point trip down the floor closed the gap to three by halftime. White hit a free throw and the missed second shot went out of bounds to Galax, who cut the gap to 21-18 when Bailey Shumate drained a 3-pointer to close the half.

Galax trailed 25-18 early in the second half before taking the lead with a 12-0 run. White dished off to Bobbitt for an inside bucket and later scored from the lane to spark the rally. Taylor Bryant nailed a long jumper and Shumate closed the third with a 3-pointer for a 27-25 lead, Galax’s first since leading 5-4. Webb capped the run early in the fourth with a free throw and later a transition bucket for a 30-25 lead before Elkin climbed back into it late in the game.

Galax held the Elks to 9-of-48 shooting fro the floor, including 0-for-19 from 3-point range. The Tide doomed itself at the foul line, though, hitting just 3-of-13 on the night, and were outrebounded 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

Newman led all scorers with 15 points for Elkin. Shumate and Channing Russell each hit two 3-pointers, finishing with eight and six points, respectively. White chipped in seven points and six rebounds.

Galax 5 13 9 6––33

Elkin, N.C. 7 14 4 9––34

Galax (4-5)

Shumate 3 0-0 8, Russell 2 0-0 6, White 3 1-5 7, Bryant 1 0-0 2, Webb 2 1-4 5, Bobbitt 1 1-2 3, Bartlett 0 0-1 0, Simmons 1 0-1 2, Cardwell 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 3-13 33.

Elkin, N.C. (4-3)

Eldridge 0 6-8 6, Brooks 2 3-5 7, Newman 5 5-9 15, Stike 1 0-0 2, B.Carter 0 0-0 0, Bruce 0 0-0 0, S.Carter 1 0-0 2, Wagoner 0 3-6 3, Pippin 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 16-28 34.

Three-point field goals – Galax 4-11 (Russell 2, Shumate 2), Elkin 0-19. Rebounds – Galax 34 (White 6), Elkin 45 (Newman 11). Turnovers – Galax 19, Elkin 18. Steals – Galax 5 (five with 1), Elkin 12 (Wagoner 4). Team fouls – Galax 21, Elkin 15. Fouled out – Webb, B.Carter. Technical fouls – Galax bench.

BOYS

Galax 82, Elkin, N.C. 39: Galax poured in 32 points in the third period Tuesday, just seven fewer than Elkin, N.C., managed in four quarters, as the Maroon Tide smoked the Elks 82-39 in the second game of the Cross Border Shootout at Alleghany High School.

A harassing defense and a devastatingly effective transition game helped the Maroon Tide build a 38-17 lead by halftime, and Galax only got hotter in the third quarter. The Tide would hit its first 10 shots from the floor after halftime, including a Scott Alouf 3-pointer that pushed the lead past the 30-point mark, 52-21, with 5:18 left in the third.

The margin would hit 40 before the end of the third as Bryan Martin’s layup put the Tide ahead 66-26 at the 1:32 mark. Martin connected again on the run to close the period as the Tide took a 70-28 lead heading into the fourth.

Cameron Frazier pumped in 10 points in the third quarter, hitting two transition layups and then putting on a pretty good imitation of a power forward the rest of the frame. The 5-10 Frazier roamed the baseline and darted in and out of the paint, and converted some nice feeds into three buckets from the inside.

Galax took its largest lead of the night, 81-35, when Preston Cardwell drained a long 3-pointer with 3:11 to play.

Galax never gave Elkin (0-7) a chance from the beginning, scoring the game’s first seven points. The Elks missed their first 13 attempts from the floor and hit just 1-of-16 in the first eight minutes. Kyle Adams had a hand in four of those misses – literally – as the 6-4 post had four rejections in the first six minutes as Galax took an 18-4 lead into the second.

Galax led 22-8 when what slim chances the Elks had evaporated two minutes into the second. Russell Stewart, Elkin’s point guard and leading scorer, was saddled with two technical fouls in a span of 13 seconds. Frazier hit all four free throws for a 26-8 lead, and the two T’s eliminated Stewart for the rest of the evening.

A finely-threaded Frazier pass through traffic to a cutting Alouf put Galax up by 20 points, 32-12 at the 3:25 mark, and Tyler Houk, who grabbed six first-half rebounds, sank a foul shot to send Galax into the half with a 38-17 lead.

Frazier led Galax with 26 points, seven assists and five steals. Frazier was the only double figure scorer for Galax, which saw 12 of its 13 players find the scoring column.

Chase Mounce led Elkin with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Galax 18 20 32 12––82

Elkin, N.C. 4 13 11 11––39

Galax (9-1)

Hash 3 0-1 6, Frazier 9 7-8 26, Alouf 4 0-0 9, Cardwell 1 0-0 3, Martin 3 1-3 7, George 3 0-0 6, Schaeffer 1 0-0 2, Houk 2 2-4 6, Anderson 3 1-2 7, Adams 2 3-6 7, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Douglas 1 0-0 2, Harris 0 1-4 1. Totals 32 15-28 82.

Elkin, N.C. (0-7)

Smith 1 1-2 3, Stewart 2 0-0 4, Strickland 3 0-2 6, Kimry 1 0-0 2, Wilkins 0 0-0 0, Lozada 0 0-0 0, Wurdeman 0 0-0 0, J.Hayes 2 0-1 5, T.Hayes 0 0-0 0, Mounce 5 2-2 12, Walters 2 0-0 4, Brewer 0 3-6 3. Totals 16 6-13 39.

Three-point field goals – Galax 3-15 (Frazier, Alouf, Cardwell), Elkin 1-12 (J.Hayes). Rebounds – Galax 61 (Alouf 8), Elkin 50 (Mounce 12). Turnovers – Galax 24, Elkin 26. Steals – Galax 20 (Frazier 5), Elkin 13 (Stewart 4). Team fouls – Galax 14, Elkin 19. Fouled out – Stewart. Technical fouls – Stewart 2.