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CHILHOWIE –– Though the varying level of competition has been a big factor in the up-and-down start to Galax’s girls’ basketball season, and though Chilhowie can most certainly provide a stiffer test than a couple of earlier opponents, the Maroon Tide is still waiting to string two strong outings together.
Tuesday, Galax led going into the second quarter before a pair of lengthy scoreless streaks led to a 59-31 nondistrict loss to the host Warriors in the first round of the Greever Crouse Tournament at Chilhowie High School.
“We win one, we lose one,” Galax coach Jamie Dotson said. “That’s got to change somewhere down the line.”
Galax actually led the first eight minutes and 10 seconds of the game, but two lengthy scoring droughts allowed Chilhowie to lead by as many as 30 points late in the contest.
“Not saying Chilhowie isn’t a good basketball team, because they are, but when you’re leading the whole first quarter and you end up losing by 30, that’s just a lack of effort, and a lack of focus on offense and on defense,” said Dotson.
The Maroon Tide’s first dry spell lasted nearly six minutes as the Warriors turned a 10-4 deficit into a 26-10 lead with 22 unanswered points.
After scoring the final five points of the first period, Chilhowie took its first lead when Heather Hash opened the second quarter with a baseline jumper.
Hash scored six points in the rally, Lynsey Taylor dropped in a 3-pointer and Krystal Patton’s layup and free throw stretched the lead to 24-10.
Galax finally broke its dry spell, an 0-for-13 funk, when Jamie Webb hit a jumpshot from just inside the foul line with 2:37 left in the half. Webb and Allison White scored on driving layups as Galax outscored Chilhowie 6-0 in the final three minutes of the half, but the Tide still trailed 26-16 at intermission.
“Their size gave us trouble,” Dotson said. “But once we got down we couldn’t come out of our press, because that’s our way of generating offense, to create turnovers and get layups, and when we’re not cashing in on those layups, we’re not having a good night. When we are cashing in, we can dominate, because we’re quick. We weren’t quick tonight. We looked tired.”
Webb scored from the inside and White later added a free throw as the Maroon Tide hung close, trailing 34-23 with less than four minutes left in the third quarter, but Galax managed just one field goal in the next six and a half minutes.
Nicole Mooney beat the third-quarter buzzer with a putback to send Chilhowie into the homestretch with a 42-25 lead. Taylor and Patton each scored off of steals, Patton’s leading to a three-point play, as the Galax deficit grew to 53-25 by the 5:48 mark of the fourth period.
The Maroon Tide’s second dry spell of the game, a six and a half-minute stretch with just two points, ended with Bailey Shumate’s baseline jumper with 5:41 to play.
“We did create some scoring opportunities, but we didn’t cash in on them,” said Dotson. “We didn’t hit our free throws, we missed a ton of layups…we’re good enough to score more [than three field goals in a half]. We should be putting up more points than that. Bottom line is, that’s embarrassing.”
Galax, which hit just three shots from the floor after halftime, saw the Warriors take more than twice as many field goal attempts, 39-19, in the second half. Chilhowie outshot Galax 70-46 for the game, relying on defense and rebounding to create extra chances. The Warriors dominated the glass, outrebounding the Maroon Tide 58-36, including 25 offensive rebounds that translated into 21 second-chance points. The Warriors had five field goal attempts in a single possession during its big first-half run, and a possession in the big second-half rally produced six shots on one trip down the floor.
Hash led all scorers, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Patton added 13 points, eight boards and seven steals.
Webb led the Maroon Tide with 10 points and White chipped in six points and seven rebounds.
Galax 10 6 9 6––31
Chilhowie 9 16 16 17––59
Shumate 1 0-0 2, Russell 1 0-0 3, White 2 2-6 6, Webb 3 4-10 10, Cardwell 0 0-2 0, Bryant 1 0-0 2, Lawson 0 0-0 0, Bobbitt 1 6-6 8, Bartlett 0 0-2 0, Spears 0 0-0 0, Simmons 0 0-4 0. Totals 9 12-30 31.
Cole 2 0-0 4, Taylor 2 3-4 8, Patton 5 3-8 13, Harris 3 2-4 8, Hash 9 0-0 18, Mooney 0 0-0 0, Gollehon 1 0-0 2, Harper 2 0-2 4, May 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 8-18 59.
Three-point field goals – Galax 1-6 (Russell), Chilhowie 1-9 (Taylor). Rebounds – Galax 36 (White 7), Chilhowie 58 (Hash 12). Turnovers – Galax 26, Chilhowie 22. Steals – Galax 10 (Russell 3), Chilhowie 14 (Patton 7). Team fouls – Galax 15, Chilhowie 20. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.
JV – Chilhowie won.