I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not like the screaming passengers in his car.
FLOYD -- Saturday was just an average night for Floyd County's Caleb Tanner.
The 6-foot-1 senior guard fell just short of his season scoring average, Tanner's 41 points were more than enough to lift Floyd County to an 86-74 victory over Gate City in the Chance Harman Classic.
Floyd (8-1) trailed 37-35 at halftime before Tanner scored 29 points in the second half.
Tanner's output raised his season total to 401 points in nine games.
The Floyd guard needs 397 points to break the VHSL's career scoring record. He entered Saturday's game with a 45.0 per game average.
"I'm just having fun," Tanner said. "I'm taking it all in. It's my senior year. I'm just trying to soak it up. I'm not to worried about the scoring title. I'm just trying to go out there and win ballgames."
Tanner had considerable help Saturday against a Gate City team that returned just one starter from last year's Group AA Division 2 state runner-up.
Point guard Preston Neukirch had 13 points and 14 assists, while wing guard Justin Conduff scored 18 points.
Gate City was led by Dylan Jenkins with 23 points and Michael Collier with 20.
Tanner's pursuit of the VHSL career record of 2,687 points will be a season-long statewide story.
Tanner said the record wasn't on his radar before he opened the season with back-to-back 59-point games against Christiansburg and Pulaski County.
"To be honest with you, I was just out there playing, getting lost in the game," Tanner said. "People coming up to me, telling me I had 59, I thought they were lying to me at first.
"I just don't worry about all this scoring stuff."