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  • High School Basketball Round-Up...

    BOYS

    Grayson County 61, Pocahontas 70

    Winless in district play for seven years, Pocahontas’ first W came against one of the Mountain Empire District’s perennial title contenders.

    The Indians got 25 points from Brandon Pauley, including the 1,000th of the junior’s career, and held on to a big early lead to claim a 70-61 win Friday night.

  • High School Basketball Round-Up...

    BOYS

    Galax 83, Fort Chiswell 62

    Galax got double-digit scoring from four different players and pulled away for an 83-62 win over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Friday night.

    Galax (13-3 overall, 6-0 district) outscored the Pioneers 22-14 in the second quarter to take a 47-34 lead into the half, then added to its lead down the stretch by outscoring Fort Chiswell 14-7 in the fourth.

    Aundrey Sams led the Maroon Tide with 18 points and G Zachary added 17. Jeremiah Criner scored 16 and Jacob Bartlett tossed in 10.

  • Cavaliers fade down the stretch

    HILLSVILLE –– As far as overall records go, Carroll County has been far and away the top team in the Southwest District. The Cavaliers nonetheless have found themselves amidst a logjam in the district standings.

    In good shape to notch their fifth straight win as well as to avenge their only league loss of the year, the Cavaliers were outscored 21-8 over the final five and a half minutes Friday and fell to Abingdon 63-57.

  • Carroll girls stay perfect in SWD

    HILLSVILLE –– With about 30 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 37, Carroll County called timeout to set up a final shot. The last half-minute dwindled away without an attempt being made.

    The Cavaliers can be thankful for second chances.

    In virtually the same situation in overtime, this time with the Cavs down a point and having called timeout with 20 seconds showing, Carroll County got a 3-pointer from Kayla Goins and survived two last-second Abingdon attempts to hang on for a 47-45 Southwest District win.

  • Galax gymnasts compete in Roanoke

    The USAG Junior Olympic gymnastics team of Galax competed in the Candy Cane Invitational in Roanoke, opening the new season for the team’s new Level 4 competitors.

    The meet also marked the first year of competition for several of Galax’s gymnasts who had qualified for Level 5 competition by advancing to the state Level 4 championships last season with at least a 33.50 all-around score.

    “We are very excited for them and we’re expecting them to do very well,” said Galax coach Babsi Higgins.

  • High School Basketball Round-Up...

    GIRLS

    Giles 44, Galax 56

    Galax stormed ahead from a one-point deficit to open the fourth quarter and ran away with a 56-44 nondistrict win over Giles in a girls’ game Monday in Galax.

    Trailing 32-31 after the third period, Galax got 10 fourth-quarter points from Caci Higgins and eight more from Piper Caudell on the strength of 6-for-6 shooting from the foul line to outscore the Spartans 25-12 down the stretch.

    Higgins and Caudell each finished with 16 points for Galax (6-10). Jamie Webb added eight points and 11 assists.

  • Devils pull away from Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Maybe it’s a good sign when there is no longer a dose of gratification to be found in moral victories.

    Galax, which was blown out by 32 points in its last meeting with Grayson County, and which is two victories away from matching the last two years’ combined win total, was within five points at halftime and within 10 points in the fourth quarter before fading down the stretch, falling behind by as many as 23 before losing 55-40 in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game.

  • Tide boys win ninth straight, 84...

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County hung strong for the first 16 minutes Wednesday night but in the end Galax was too strong as the Tide rolled to an 84-64 Mountain Empire District win.

    The Blue Devils (2-15 overall, 1-5 MED) started strong with points by Rusty Williams and a trey from Jhas Robinson to take an early 5-2 lead, but the Tide (12-3, 5-0) fought back with three straight points by G Zachary.

    Grayson again found its rhythm to increase its lead by four with 4:49 left in the first quarter.

  • Maroon Tide rides D to win

    After needing four overtimes and an unbelievable fourth-quarter explosion to come out with victories in its previous three games, Galax was finally able to breathe easy down the stretch.

    It’s a good thing defense never experiences a shooting slump.

    Galax managed just 23 first-half points two days after scoring 34 in one quarter, but the Maroon Tide relied on its defense to jump-start its offense in the third quarter Friday, racing away from Bland County for a 61-41 Mountain Empire District win, its eighth in a row.

  • Galax starts slow, falls 52-45

    The only win Galax girls varsity basketball team had all night was the opening tip-off Friday at home. Bland County came into town and took a Mountain Empire District win 52-45.

    The Maroon Tide (1-3 MED, 5-9 overall) managed only five points in the first quarter and could never recover. The Bears (3-1, 6-9) opened the game with a 6-0 run. During the run Bland’s Laurel Hankins scored four points and had one assist.