Lady Cavs win four straight


By Allen Worrell - aworrell@civitasmedia.com



Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Carroll County’s Jade Holt (right) clears an easy path to the basket for teammate Gracie Davidson on Saturday in the Cavaliers’ 56-27 victory over Galax.


Carroll County’s girls basketball team limited Galax to eight first-half points Saturday en route to a 56-27 victory in Hillsville.

Carroll County (12-2, 5-1 River Ridge) took advantage of great defense by capitalizing on the offensive end, scoring 18 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 36-8 lead at intermission. Galax (4-8) was held to 11 field goals for the game.

“We gave them eight points at halftime and they had 20 at the end of the third quarter, so I was very, very pleased defensively,” Carroll County head coach Marc Motley said. “Offensively we executed really well in the first half, did okay in the third quarter, but defensively we were there all night long. So as long as you are not turning it over, which I didn’t feel like we were tonight, and playing defense, I think we are going to be okay. It was just a super solid performance by all 12 kids.”

Mattie Kennedy led all scorers with 17 points to pace Carroll County. Mariah Carter contributed 13 points and Keely Lundy netted nine for the Cavaliers. It was Carroll’s fourth victory in six days following the 57-54 River Ridge District loss at home to Hidden Valley on Jan. 8. Carroll led by 22 at the half in that game before the Titans rallied.

“It was a really tough loss here against Hidden Valley last Friday, but I think these kids forget real quick,” Motley said. “They certainly can let it go a lot faster than the coaches can.”

Galax 6 2 12 7 – 27

Carroll 18 18 16 4 – 56

Galax – Brody 1 0-2 3, Hill 1 0-0 3, Bryant 1 0-0 2, Pack 1 0-2 2, Brown 3 0-2 6, Cassell 3 1-3 8, Morgan 1 1-3 3. 3-pointers – Brody 1, Hill 1, Cassell 1.

Carroll County – Lundy 4 0-0 9, Dalton 1 0-1 2, Gallimore 2 0-0 4, Kennedy 7 1-2 17, Carter 6 1-1 13, Holt 1 4-4 6, Turman 2 1-2 5. 3-pointers – Kennedy 2, Lundy 1.

Carroll County 58, Blacksburg 39

Keely Lundy and Mattie Kennedy scored 15 points each and Carroll County knocked down seven 3-pointers Friday in a 58-39 River Ridge District road win at Blacksburg.

The Cavaliers held a slim 40-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Bruins 18-6 over the final eight minutes to pull away for the victory. The Cavaliers win despite a big night from Chris Martin, who scored 23 points to lead Blacksburg (7-6, 2-4 River Ridge District).

Haley Turman added eight points for the Cavaliers, Mariah Carter netted seven points and Rylee Haynes scored six.

Carroll Co. 8 21 11 18 — 58

Blacksburg 7 13 13 6 — 39

Carroll County – Lundy 15, Kennedy 15, Turman 8, Carter 7, Haynes 6, Davidson 3, Dalton 2, Holt 2. 3-pointers – Lundy 3, Haynes 2, Davidson 1, Kennedy 1.

Blacksburg – Martin 23, Ballein 6, Shelton 2, Linkous 2, Anderson 2, Zier 2, Melton 2. 3-pointers – Martin 3.

Carroll Co. 67, Pulaski Co. 40

Carroll County outscored Pulaski County by 19 points in the second half January 13 to cruise to a 67-40 River Ridge District win in Dublin.

Mariah Carter scored all of her game-high 16 points in the second half as the Cavaliers broke open a 24-16 halftime lead. Mattie Kennedy nailed two 3-pointers and scored 15 points, while Keely Lundy added 12 points and Danielle Gallimore scored nine for Carroll County.

Alexis Phillips scored 10 points to pace Pulaski County (7-6, 2-3 River Ridge District).

Carroll 11 13 25 18 — 67

Pulaski 5 11 11 13 — 40

Carroll County – Carter 16, Kennedy 15, Lundy 12, Gallimore 7, Dalton 5, Davidson 2, Holt 2, McMillan 2, Turman 2, Garland 2. 3-pointers – Kennedy 2, Gallimore 1.

Pulaski County – Phillips 10, Greer 8, Counts 8, Stables 7, Hinton 5, Cox 2. 3-pointers – Stables 2.

Carroll Co. 53, Galax 26

In its first action since blowing a 22-point lead three nights earlier in a three-point loss to Hidden Valley, Carroll took out some frustration with a 53-26 non-district win Jan. 11 at Galax.

The Cavaliers shut out Galax in the first quarter en route to a 20-0 lead and never looked back. The margin grew to 31-6 at the half as Carroll cruised to victory.

Madisyn Dalton scored a season-high 12 points to lead the Cavaliers, while Mariah Carter added 10 points. Keely Lundy scored nine points and Mattie Kennedy pumped in eight more for Carroll.

Essence Brown scored 12 of Galax’s 26 points to lead the Maroon Tide.

Carroll 20 11 14 8 — 53

Galax 0 6 11 9 — 26

Carroll County – Dalton 12, Carter 10, Lundy 9, Kennedy 8, Gallimore 5, Holt 5, Turman 4. 3-pointers – Gallimore 1, Lundy 1, Kennedy 1.

Galax – Brown 12, Morgan 3, Cassell 2, Widner 2, Pack 2, Bryant 2, Hill 2, Brady 1.

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Carroll County’s Jade Holt (right) clears an easy path to the basket for teammate Gracie Davidson on Saturday in the Cavaliers’ 56-27 victory over Galax.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_CCGirlsGracie.jpgAllen Worrell/The Carroll News Carroll County’s Jade Holt (right) clears an easy path to the basket for teammate Gracie Davidson on Saturday in the Cavaliers’ 56-27 victory over Galax.

By Allen Worrell

aworrell@civitasmedia.com

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