Cavaliers lock up Southwest titles

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By Staff Reports

 RICHLANDS –– Carroll County swept a boys’-girls’ double-header Saturday at Richlands, locking up the regular season Southwest District championship for both teams.

The Cavalier boys faced a much-improved Blue Tornado compared to the Richlands team it whipped by 52 points in December, earning a 59-54 win. Carroll wrapped up the season title, its first since 2006, by improving to 15-2 overall, 7-0 in the district. The two teams were even for three-fourths of the game, with a big third quarter the difference for the Cavaliers.

Tied at 25 after halftime, Carroll County scored the first 10 points of the second half, though Richlands (6-9, 2-4) answered with a 13-3 spurt to knot the score at 38. Chris Smoot hit a 3-pointer and Wes Smoot scored just before the end of the third to send the Cavaliers into the fourth leading 46-40.

Richlands was able to draw as close as three points before Carroll County scored seven straight to ice the win.

Ryan Gravley scored a game-high 21 points for the Cavaliers, who had trounced Richlands 87-35 in the first meeting. Connor Lundy tossed in 15 and Wes Smoot added 12.

Devon Johnson (20 points) and Gabe Hunsaker (18) led the Blue Tornado.


Carroll County......8  14  24  13––59

Richlands............10  15  15  14––54

Carroll County (15-2, 7-0)

Gravley 21, C.Smoot 3, Beamer 2, Lundy 15, Keith 2, W.Smoot 12, Horton 4.

Richlands (5-10, 2-4)

Harris 3, Brown 11, Z.Johnson 2, D.Johnson 20, Hunsaker 18.


Three-point field goals – Carroll County 6 (Lundy 4, Gravley, C.Smoot), Richlands 2 (Brown, Hunsaker).



Carroll County limited Richlands to three points in each of the first two quarters and clinched the SWD regular season girls’ title with a 51-29 romp.

Carroll County led by just six points in the second quarter before racing to a 29-6 lead by halftime.

The championship was Carroll County’s 14th in the past 15 seasons.

Crysta Guynn and Lindsay Martin each scored 12 points to lead the Cavaliers (15-4, 7-0), Guynn on the strength of four 3-pointers.

Cassie Richardson scored 10 points to lead Richlands (10-5, 4-2), which could have earned a tie with the Cavaliers in the standings with a win.


Carroll County......9  20  11  11––51

Richlands..............3    3  12  11––29


Carroll County (15-4, 7-0)

Hiatt 3, R.Dalton 8, Caldwell 1, T.Martin 3, Guynn 12, McCann 3, L.Martin 12, Sellers 4, S.Dalton 5.

Richlands (10-5, 4-2)

Hearl 2, Davis 4, Richardson 10, Allen 1, Hess 4, Alley 7.


Three-point field goals – Carroll County 7 (Guynn 4, Martin 2, Hiatt), Richlands 1 (Davis).