INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County rallied from an early deficit in the girls’ contest Wednesday and then jumped out to a big early lead in the boys game to record a Mountain Empire District sweep of Galax.


The Blue Devil boys (10-8 overall, 5-5 MED) were hot out of the gate and crafted a 20-5 lead in the first eight minutes, riding that cushion the rest of the way.

Galax (3-13, 3-8) was able to make some headway in the middle two quarters and pulled to within eight points, 35-27, by the end of the third.

Eli Gillespie recorded a double-double to lead the way for Grayson County, dropping in 18 points to go with 13 rebounds. Holden Cassell and Andrew Shaffner added 12 points apiece for the Blue Devils.

Shawn Peterkin scored 15 points and Ian Ashworth contributed 14 for the Maroon Tide.


Grayson County;20;5;10;17––52

Galax (3-13, 3-8)

Jemison 8, Ashworth 14, Dillon 5, Peterkin 15, Stuart 2.

Grayson County (10-8, 5-5)

Gillespie 18, Cassell 12, Jones 4, Shaffner 12, Goad 6.

Three-point field goals – Galax 4 (Ashworth 2, Dillon, Peterkin), Grayson County 2 (Gillespie 2).

JV – Galax won 44-37.

Floyd County 65, Carroll County 64: The Cavaliers held the Buffaloes to 25 fewer points than the 89 Floyd scored Friday in Hillsville, but the Buffaloes got the two they needed to take the Three Rivers District win Monday in Floyd.

Carroll County led 64-63 when the Buffaloes’ Matt Slusher came away with a steal and a layup with 25 seconds left to put Floyd on top.

Kaden Swortzel scored 21 points for Floyd County. Carroll County got 19 points from Elijah Cox, 15 from Bryce Smoot and 11 from Davis Reitzel.

Carroll County;10;19;23;12––64

Floyd County;15;24;15;11––65

Carroll County (6-16, 0-10)

Phillips 6, Bry.Smoot 15, Reitzel 11, Bra.Smoot 3, Cox 19, Richardson 6, Montgomery 4.

Floyd County (9-9, 3-4)

Slusher 5, Agnew 18, Underwood 2, Herrington 2, Cantrell 3, Bond 10, R.Swortzel 4, K.Swortzel 21.

Three-point field goals – Carroll County 4 (Bry.Smoot 3, Bra.Smoot), Floyd County 7 (Bond 3, Agnew 2, Slusher, Cantrell).

Auburn 68, Grayson County 45: Monday in Independence, Ethan Millirons went off to the tune of 31 points as the Eagles remained undefeated in district play with the MED win.

Nick Millirons added 14 points for Auburn (12-7, 9-0).

Andrew Shaffner scored 17 points and Holden Cassell contributed 11 points for Grayson County (9-8, 4-5).


Grayson County;13;17;10;5––45

Auburn (12-7, 9-0)

Warren 2, Sutphin 3, Duncan 8, Wilson 2, E.Millirons 31, N.Millirons 14, Gordon 2, Gill 6.

Grayson County (9-8, 4-5)

Gillespie 5, Cassell 11, Cheeks 3, Jones 4, Shaffner 17, Goad 5.

Three-point field goals – Auburn 5 (E.Millirons 4, Sutphin), Grayson County 7 (Cassell 2, Shaffner 2, Gillespie, Cheeks, Goad).

JV – Auburn won 59-30.

Fort Chiswell 60, Carroll County 48: The Cavaliers lost in double overtime for the second time in 10 days, dropping a nondistrict heartbreaker Saturday in Max Meadows.

All square at 43 by the end of regulation, neither team managed much in the first overtime and tallied just three points each. The Pioneers erupted to outscore Carroll County 14-2 in the second OT to win going away.

The Cavaliers shook off a sluggish second period and turned a 30-21 deficit into a 34-33 gap by the start of the fourth.

Carroll Co.;14;7;12;10;3;2––48


Carroll County (6-15)

Cox 14, Reitzel 11, Montgomery 9, Phillips 6, Bry.Smoot 5, Bra.Smoot 4, Campbell 1.

Fort Chiswell (17-3)

Watson 28, Gravely 9, Vaught 8, Dunford 6, McHone 4, Norris 3, Varney 2.

Three-point field goals – Carroll County 2 (Bry.Smoot, Reitzel), Fort Chiswell 4 (Watson 4).

JV – Carroll County won 41-25.


Grayson County 30, Galax 23: The Maroon Tide got off to a good start but the Blue Devils finished strong and picked up the low-scoring MED win Wednesday in Independence.

Galax (6-10, 4-7) was ahead 12-5 after the first quarter before Grayson County (5-14, 2-8) clawed its way back into the game. The Blue Devils limited the Maroon Tide to two second quarter points and pulled to within a single point, 14-13, by halftime.

All tied up a 17 at the end of three, Grayson County outscored Galax 12-6 in the final eight minutes to avenge a 10-point loss to the Tide in early January.

Kylie Pope led Grayson by scoring 11 points on the strength of three 3-pointers. Saige Leonard’s eight points were high for Galax.


Grayson County;5;9;4;12––30

Galax (6-10, 4-7)

S.Leonard 8, E.Edwards 6, King 3, Sturgill 4, P.Edwards 2.

Grayson County (5-14, 2-8)

S.Pope 4, K.Pope 11, Halsey 2, Cunningham 6, Bennett 5, Phipps 2.

Three-point field goals – Galax 3 (E.Edwards 2, King), Grayson County 3 (K.Pope 3).

JV – Grayson County won 29-25.

Carroll County 59, Spotswood 31: Facing a demanding district opponent on Friday and turning around less than 24 hours later to meet the team that ended their season a year ago, the Cavaliers faced a potential trap scenario in its schedule but instead passed the test with ease, blowing past the Blazers in the Adam Ward Classic Saturday at Glenvar High School.

In a rematch of last year’s Class 3 state semifinal won by Spotswood, Carroll County controlled the second half by outscoring the Blazers 26-8 in the second half to push its record to 19-1.

Carroll County led 25-20 at intermission before mashing the gas in the final two quarters.

Alyssa Ervin gashed the Blazers for 25 points and Ashton Richardson scored 10 for Carroll County.


Carroll County;15;18;11;15––59

Spotswood (10-7)

Joyner 3, Jones 3, Morris 6, Khalil 17, Good 2.

Carroll County (19-1)

Ervin 25, Easter 9, Richardson 10, Hagee 6, Crotts 3, Alley 6.

Three-point field goals – Spotswood 5 (Morris 2, Joyner, Jones, Khalil), Carroll County 4 (Ervin 3, Richardson).

Sports Editor