SALEM –– Carroll County has been fueled by a loud and energetic fan base and a remarkable series of defensive efforts on its run through the postseason, but none of the fans have yet waved the capital D and picket fence sign signifying ‘defense.’ Rightly so. The Cavaliers have been playing A+ fense.
Carroll County limited Staunton River to just 13 points through three quarters – zero in the third – and notched a 42-27 win in the Group AA Division 4 quarterfinals Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.
SALEM –– Deion George picked a fine time to put together his most complete game of the season. Partly for that reason, Galax’s season is not yet completed.
George had 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals – all team highs – and two blocks to lead the Maroon Tide past Castlewood 53-44 Friday in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center. Galax (25-2) advances to Thursday’s state semifinals at VCU where it will face the winner of the Luray-Charles City quarterfinal, played Saturday.
Galax girls nipped J.I. Burton to cap a perfect 3-for-3 effort by Twin County teams in state quarterfinal basketball games Friday and Saturday.
The Maroon Tide, Carroll County’s girls and Galax’s boys will all play next week in Richmond in their respective state semifinals.
Galax’s boys got the ball rolling Friday night with a 53-44 win over Castlewood in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals. Deion George had 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Tide, which faces Charles City at 5 p.m. Thursday at VCU.
Game tape is great. First-hand knowledge isn’t bad, either.
Galax girls’ basketball coach Yerrick Stoneman was waiting on film of Group A Division 1 quarterfinal opponent J.I. Burton at midweek, but if it never arrived he and his team still had their own experiences from which to draw.
Galax (20-5) will try to avenge a 59-46 loss in last year’s quarterfinals when the Maroon Tide matches up with the Raiders again Saturday in a 1:45 game at Virginia High School in Bristol.
ELLISTON –– Basketball players at Parry McCluer High School are well-taught the fundamentals of the game by longtime coach Nelson Fox. The Fighting Blues will hit their free throws, they don’t often turn the ball over and they are normally adept at the lost art of the midrange jumper.
But as many a football coach has lamented the fact that you can’t coach speed, not even Fox can coach size.
HILLSVILLE –– Lindsay Martin admits that she is afraid of heights. She gladly dealt with the phobia Friday, even if it meant climbing a ladder with a pair of scissors in her hand.
The Cavalier sharpshooter and her teammates became the first Carroll County girls to cut down the nets after a region title game, ending a string of five championship game losses with a 49-46 win over top-seeded Salem in the Region IV Division 4 finals at Carroll.
ELLISTON –– Galax was 1 for 2 in Region C Division 1 championship games Saturday night, winning the boys’ title over Parry McCluer and dropping the girls’ final to Covington.
The defending state champs, Galax pounded the ball inside in the second half and turned a 2-point halftime lead into a 14-point spread by the end of the third quarter, rolling to the 69-52 win over the Fighting Blues.
Maroon Tide big guys Devonte McKinney and Lawrence Parsons combined for 40 points, 31 coming after halftime.
BLUEFIELD –– Count on it. Every couple of weeks, Austin Pack is bound to channel his inner Jimmer.
Having averaged 8.5 points in the nine games since unloading for 29 against Tazewell, the Galax point guard popped in 25 points Friday night, knocking down five 3-pointers and pacing the Maroon Tide in a 68-50 win over Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District boys’ tournament championship game at Graham Middle School.