Carroll scores 25 pts in 4th, win 68-55 on Homecoming

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Gibson injures ankle in fourth

By Kristin Beck

The Panthers kept pace with the running and gunning Grant County Braves on Friday, Feb. 3. The home team pounded the ball inside to their post players and hit 32-44 from the free throw line, good enough for a 68-55 victory on Homecoming night.

With the game tied 43-43 at the end of the third quarter, Carroll (10-10) took care of business from the charity stripe, hitting 17-21 free throws to put the game away. Trey Boles led the team, hitting 9-10 in the final period, 13-16 for the game. 

Dallas Gibson led the team with a double-double, 20 points, 10 rebounds.

“He’s starting to understand that he’s a marked man when we play … in terms of when they do a scouting report and go back and talk to their team, they’re going to focus on him,” head coach Carroll Yager said. “… Everybody that plays him is going to try to be physical with him. They’re going to try to push him, push him off the block. I think he is learning how to take the physicality a little bit better, he’s starting to make some more moves, he’s getting a lot (of points) off of rebounds. He’s playing every possession where before, he might get bumped a few times, and he’d be recovering for a possession or two and then he’d go back to work. But now he’s getting more accustomed to the fact that every night that he’s going to get beat up out there. I think he’s growing up in terms of that part.”

Unfortunately, his night ended early as he suffered an ankle injury with 2:04 remaining in the game. Yager said he was not anticipating having him neither the next night against Owen County nor, possibly, Monday night against Eminence.

The Panthers turned the ball over eight times in the first half, and just five times in the second half, despite increased pressure by the Braves (12-11). “When they turned the heat up, we actually focused more and took care of the ball,” Yager said.

Like Trimble County, Grant County wanted to take quick shots and crash the boards, a contrast to Carroll’s slower-paced half-court offense. Yager said his team wanted to get some fast-break shots themselves, but did not want to start “ripping and running,” which would have played to their opponent’s strength.

“We certainly didn’t want to walk the ball down the floor, but at the same time, their five guys could probably run the floor better than our five guys,” he said. “But their five guys had a much harder time defending our guys on the inside in the post, and Dallas and Trey and John Perry got inside some there. So we tried to capitalize on what our strengths were versus what their strengths were.”

The Panthers dished out seven assists in the game, including three from point guard Brandon Stewart. “Brandon Stewart did a really good job of handling the basketball,” Yager said. “He’s developing into a really good leader, good point guard for us.”

Another emerging guard for the Panthers is Austin Crowell, who has recently been elevated into a starting role. Yager said playing junior varsity gave Crowell some added experience and a better understanding of decision making. “He’s contributed well; he played really good defense tonight,” Yager said. “He handled the ball well for us. Zero turnovers. That’s one of the areas that we’re trying to do better at. He’s been a big factor for us.”

Yager also pointed to the statistics on the right side of the scorebook, including rebounds, assists, deflections, steals and blocks that helped his team succeed against Grant. “Those are the things that will win you games.”

He said even those who did not get the opportunity to play helped the team because of the work they put in at practice. “On any given night, their number might get called,” Yager said. “We’re really coming together as a team. And that’s what’s fun, when you’ve got a team that is a team.”


Grant County (55)

Carr 23, Hunt 16, Cummins 7, Hicks 6, Coleman 2, Onan 1.

Carroll County (68)            

Gibson 20, Boles 25, Stewart 13, Perry 11, Mefford 7, Crowell 2.


Grant County 12 15 16 12_55

Carroll County 15 17 11 25_68