Carroll County Basketball Road Games | Feb. 27, 2014

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By Kristin Beck

Rebels roll over Panthers

Owen County defeated Carroll County 73-46 to claim the No. 1 seed in the 31st District Tournament Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The Panthers (14-12) were without starting point guard senior Austin Crowell, who injured his knee during senior night the day before.

Carroll County was still close heading into halftime, down 33-25, but Owen County (16-8) broke the game wide open in the third quarter.

“We missed a few shots right there that they got transition baskets on (and) got a lot of momentum,” head coach Carroll Yager said. “… I think we got our heads down a little bit and lost confidence and just (Owen) played well.”

The Rebels outscored the Panthers 40-21 in the second half to run away with the victory.

“We didn’t adjust well to some of their changes, and we played without Austin tonight. He’s our point guard so he runs everything out there,” Yager said. “Usually when someone goes down, it takes a couple of games to make some adjustments and this was a very good team to be playing tonight when we’re trying to make those kinds of adjustments. That probably got us a little bit out of sorts. The guys did a good job of trying to fill in.”

Owen’s Carson Williams led all scorers with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Blake Kruzan came just short of a double-double of his own, scoring 10 points and pulling down 9 rebounds, including six offensive. Jacob Wise scored eight points, Isaiah Hogan scored seven points and John Michael Adams scored six points. Brothers Dakota Corbin and Malachi Corbin each scored four points, followed by three points from Austin Crank and two points each by Jackson “Boo” Donahue and Jacob Evans.

Carroll closes regular season with loss

Walton-Verona celebrated senior night with victories Friday over Carroll County in both the boys and girls contests. Injuries hindered both Carroll County squads, as  Austin Crowell, Kayla Williamson and Chasity Burgin all sat out.

Down two points at halftime, Carroll County (14-13) scored just six points in the third quarter to trail, 51-35, heading into the fourth quarter. They outscored the Bearcats 19-10, but it was not enough to close the gap, losing 61-54.

The Bearcats (4-19) outrebounded the Panthers, 29-17, and had four players in double-digits with Alex Taulbee leading the way with 13 points.

Senior Blake Kruzan led the Panthers with 14 points, while senior Dakota Corbin and sophomore Isaiah Hogan each scored 10 points. Seniors Jacob Wise and John Michael Adams each scored nine points, and sophomore Justin Ray scored two points.

In the girls game, the Lady Bearcats outscored the Lady Panthers, 43-19, in the first half to pull away with a 67-45 victory. Walton-Verona (16-12) junior Allie Mills led all scorers with 21 points.

Carroll County (6-16) junior Lauren Moore led her team with 15 points. Freshman Jenna Richmond scored a career-high nine points, followed by five points from senior Makena Kindoll. Senior Kristen “Doodle” Amick, senior Tatum McIntyre and sophomore Miranda Groseclose all scored four points, while freshmen Haley Dermon and Jenah Roberts scored two points each.