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The Warriors outscored the Panthers 29-7 in the third quarter to win, 72-66, on their home floor Feb. 4.
Before the game began, the district rivals demonstrated their sportsmanship and goodwill toward one another. When the captains met at midcourt, Carroll junior Dakota Corbin and Eminence senior Daishon Moore came forward as well. The two student-athletes had been involved in a fight when Eminence visited Carroll on Jan. 26. Corbin and Moore met with the officials and coaches, apologized to one another and shook hands.
“It’s unfortunate it happened, but I think both are regretful it happened, and they did apologize to each other,” Panthers head coach Carroll Yager said of the previous incident. “… I think the two schools will continue to have a good, friendly rivalry.”
This was a game of runs, Yager said. The Panthers led 30-24 at the half, but the Warriors’ scoring burst in the third was one of the differences in the game.
The other was turnovers. The Panthers committed 18 miscues, compared to the Warriors’ seven, which translated to 18 Warrior points.
“They’re hard to beat on their own floor,” Yager said. “They’ve got a nice team.”
On the bright side, Carroll shot 9-15 from 3-point range, their best mark of the season.
Trey Boles led all scorers with 21 points. Brandon Stewart was 4-6 from 3-point range, scoring 18 points and dishing out six assists. Jacob Wise also hit double-figures with 11 points. Jay Damron and John Michael Adams each scored six points, while Corbin scored four points.