Hayes, Grimes lead Meadowview to big winPublished 11:04pm Thursday, December 5, 2013
Cartsella Hayes and C. J. Grimes combined for 56 points and made all but one of Meadowview Christian’s made shot attempts in leading the Trojans past Coosa Valley Thursday night 62-51.
Hayes, who scored 30 points, and Grimes, who had 26, combined to score all 24 of Meadowview’s fourth quarter points, turning a close game into an easy Meadowview win.
“He’s the head of the snake,” Meadowview head coach James Murphy said when asked about Hayes’ performance. “The way he plays is the way we play. He managed the game and he does an awesome job.”
Hayes made a three-pointer as the first half ended to give Meadowview a 31-20 halftime lead, but Coosa Valley refused to go away. The Rebels outscored the Trojans 17-7 in the third quarter to pull within one, but the fourth quarter was a completely different story.
“The guys settled down. Any time a team has a lead they get overconfident and in the third quarter [they] come out a little cocky,” Murphy said. “Once we settled down we started playing Meadowview ball.”
Hayes and Grimes completely took over the game in the final period, taking advantage of the Rebels man-to-man defense and getting to the basket with ease. Hayes and Grimes attacked the basket and were rewarded with nine made free throws in the final period.
It also helped that Coosa Valley’s Austin Bauer fouled out just a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter with Meadowview leading 43-39. After Bauer exited, Meadowview outscored Coosa 19-12.
“I don’t know if we got tired or we just lost our composure,” Coosa Valley head coach Jonathan Gill said. “Turnovers have been killing us. We’ve been right there in every single game but it is hard to win games with 22 turnovers.”
Meadowview’s Clayton Thorton made a three-pointer in the first quarter, the only made shot Hayes and Grimes didn’t account for. Thorton accounted for five points in the game.