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Tide outpaces Fort, 88-75

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Galax led 50-48 at halftime before pulling away in the second half for a key MED victory

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Cameron Frazier goes to the hoop for two of his 18 first-half points. Frazier left the game early in the second half with an ankle injury, but the Tide prevailed 88-75.Galax and Fort Chiswell played the first eight minutes of their Mountain Empire District showdown Friday night at a preposterous rate, on pace for a 132-112 final score. Even the halftime tally of 50-48 was ridiculous for a high school game. But what was truly absurd was the thought of Galax dropping back-to-back district games.

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Sanity was restored as Galax pulled away in the second half and maintained its MED lead with an 88-75 gas-guzzler of a win over the Pioneers. The victory puts a two-game cushion between the Maroon Tide (18-2 overall, 5-1 MED) and the rest of the district with two games to go. Galax had a chance to clinch the season title outright Saturday with a win at Narrows.

Fort Chiswell floored it for 32 minutes the previous night in an 86-68 win over Grayson County, and the Pioneers (8-11, 4-3) looked fresh enough on Friday, pumping in 32 first-quarter points and trailing just 50-48 at halftime.

But the Maroon Tide was just too much in the second half. Galax shot 71 percent from the floor in the final two periods and overcame an injury to guard Cameron Frazier to outscore the Pioneers 22-10 in the decisive third.

Frazier had poured in 18 points in the first half but went to the floor midway through the third period after scrapping for a rebound. Galax was in the midst of a 13-2 run and led 59-52 when Frazier left the game, not to return. The Maroon Tide traded outside for inside, though, as center Kyle Adams filled the void with 15 second-half points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. His jump hook and Scott Alouf’s three free throws at 2:46 of the third had Galax leading 68-52, and Deion George scored twice from inside to send the Tide into the fourth quarter with a 72-58 lead.

Adams scored six straight Galax points to open the fourth, and the Maroon Tide controlled a much slower tempo in the final eight minutes to hang on to the win.

A nearly full house got NBA action for a high school ticket price in the first half as Fort Chiswell zoomed to a 32-28 lead after one quarter. The two teams went a combined 24 of 39 in the period, with Frazier and Alouf combining for four 3-pointers. Hody Viars pumped in 12 first-quarter points, including a pair of three-point plays, and his inside basket had Fort ahead 35-28 early in the second.

Galax responded with a 17-3 run sparked by two Tyler Houk finishes. Alouf and Frazier each canned 3-pointers, and Houk’s jumper capped the rally at 3:26 with Galax leading 44-38. The teams traded baskets to the buzzer with Galax leading 50-48 at halftime.

Galax, which shot 62 percent for the game (33 of 53), got a game-high 25 points from Alouf while Frazier and Adams contributed 18 each. Fort Chiswell was led by Tyler Akers with 23 points and Viars with 20.

Fort Chiswell 33 15 10 17––75

Galax 28 22 22 16––88

Fort Chiswell (8-11, 4-3)

Poole 2 0-0 5, Akers 8 3-4 23, Viars 9 2-2 20, Cook 1 4-4 6, White 5 0-0 10, Dunford 1 0-0 2, Mabe 4 1-4 9, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Bond 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 10-14 75.

Galax (18-2, 4-1)

Hash 3 1-2 7, Frazier 5 5-7 18, Alouf 9 3-4 26, Houk 4 0-0 8, Adams 8 2-4 18, Martin 0 2-2 2, George 3 2-3 8, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Douglas 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 15-22 88.

Three-point field goals – Fort Chiswell 5-9 (Akers 4, Poole), Galax 7-16 (Alouf 4, Frazier 3). Rebounds – Fort Chiswell 40 (White 11), Galax 28 (Alouf 9). Turnovers – Fort Chiswell 28, Galax 24. Steals – Fort Chiswell 16, Galax 15. Team fouls Fort Chiswell 19, Galax 12. Fouled out – Cook, Houk. Technical fouls – none.

JV – Galax won.

GIRLS

Fort Chiswell 58, Galax 35

The Pioneers stayed atop the MED standings with a dominant first half, rolling to a 28-11 lead at intermission.

Fort Chiswell (16-4, 7-1) scored 26 of the game’s first 31 points, using three Nancy Thacker 3-pointers to jump out to a 17-3 lead.

Kendra Vaughan hit from the top of the key and then finished a fast break as the Fort Chiswell lead swelled to 26-5. The Maroon Tide (7-11, 2-4) needed a 3-pointer by Bailey Shumate near the end of the half to reach double digits by halftime.

Galax trailed 43-21 when it scored six straight points, but a 13-4 run to start the fourth gave the Pioneers their largest lead of the night, 58-30.

Thacker led all scorers with 23 points for the Pioneers and Vaughan added 15. Shumate led Galax with 10 points.

Fort Chiswell 12 16 17 13––58

Galax 3 8 16 8––35

Fort Chiswell (16-4, 7-1)

Thacker 7 6-7 23, Vaughan 7 0-2 15, Quesenberry 3 0-1 7, Shockley 3 2-4 8, Hamm 1 1-2 3, Arnold 1 0-0 2, Steed 0 0-0 0, Waller 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-16 58.

Galax (7-11, 2-4)

Shumate 3 3-4 10, Russell 1 1-2 3, White 4 0-0 8, Webb 2 2-6 6, Simmons 1 2-5 4, Bryant 0 0-0 0, Bobbitt 0 2-2 2, Bartlett 0 0-1 0, Cardwell 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 10-20 35.

Three-point field goals – Fort Chiswell 5 (Thacker 3, Vaughan, Quesenberry), Galax 1 (Shumate).

JV – Fort Chiswell 39-25.