Despite trailing most of the game, Carroll County (2-17, 1-9 SWD) stayed within striking distance throughout. Down 60-53 late in the fourth quarter, Adam Crotts knocked down a 3-pointer to trim the margin to four points. After Grundy (12-7, 5-4 SWD) missed a pair of free throws, Brandon Noonkester made good on both of his foul shots to pull the Cavaliers to within 60-58 with 1:07 left to play. Grundy then knocked down 9-of-12 free throws the rest of the way, outscoring Carroll 9-3 down the stretch to secure the victory.
Carroll led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter and briefly went ahead 16-13 to open the second before Grundy regained the lead. Kelly’s three point-play just before intermission broke a tie and put the Golden Wave ahead 33-30 at the break.
Ryan Gravley’s 3-pointer put the Cavaliers back in front 42-41 midway through the third quarter before Grundy regained control with seven unanswered points. Though Grundy never went back ahead by more than seven points, the Golden Wave didn’t trail the rest of the game.
Kelly was one of four double-digit scorers for Grundy. Teammate Cody Justus added 18 points, while Derek Hess scored 11 and Logan Boyd contributed 10 more.
Adam Crotts paced the Cavaliers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Gravley scored 16 points for the Cavs, while Tyler Reavis reached double figures with 12 points.
Grundy 13 20 17 19 — 69
Carroll 14 16 16 16 — 62
Grundy — Kelley 25, Justus 18, Hess 11, Boyd 10, Rife 5. 3-pointers — Justice 3, Boyd 1, Hess 1.
Carroll — Crotts 23, Gravley 16, Reavis 12, Noonkester 4, Martin 3, E. Marshall 2, R. Marshall 2. 3-pointers — Gravley 2, Martin 1, Crotts 1.