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The Carroll County Lady Panthers advanced to the winners’ bracket after a first-round defeat of Villa Madonna in the North American Stainless/Carroll County Tourism Basketball Classic Monday.
Carroll ran out to a 11-0 advantage early in the contest and never looked back. The Blue Lightning managed to pull within five points twice in the contest but the Lady Panthers managed to thwart all comeback attempts. Carroll County fronted by as many as 20 late in the second half before settling for a 57-42 win.
“We’re happy with the win,” Carroll Head Coach Randy Mefford. “It’s a situation where that team had one really good player that we had trouble guarding. We didn’t play great, but we didn’t play terrible so we’ll take it.”
Kiley Stoll led Villa with 23 points, the only member of her team to score in double figures.
Junior guard Hannah Devine again paced the Carroll County scoring attack with 25 points. Seniors Kyndal Curry and Jill Butcher helped offensively with 18 and 10 points respectively.
Mefford said he is trying to get some of the other girls to “step up and help Hannah out.” He said that Devine draws a lot of defensive attention from opponents which should open some of the other girls for scoring opportunities. Those games where one person scores 30 points and no one else scores in double digits makes winning ballgames a tough challenge, he said.
“Kyndal played well today,” Mefford said. “She played her best game so maybe that’ll give her a little confidence. Tasha Hunter didn’t score a lot but she did a good job on the boards and a good job defensively. Jill Butcher had a good game, too, you throw her in the mix and those four hopefully will step their game up and we’ll be able to carry through to some more wins this year.”
The Lady Panthers are without a single sophomore on the team this season. Mefford said he is trying to help his younger team members get some valuable playing time and game experience.
“I’m coming off the bench with a couple of juniors and the rest of them are freshmen and they’re not ready for this level yet,” he said. “I’m trying to bring them along slowly and get them some playing time without putting too much pressure on them to step their game up.”
The Lady Panthers (4-3) were back in action last night against Gallatin County, winners over Ludlow, 64-23, Monday night. Results of last night’s play were not available at press time.