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Girls struggle to score early, leads to loss

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By Kristin Beck

A 22-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome for the Lady Panthers, losing 53-28 at home Saturday, Dec. 15 to the Gallatin County Lady Wildcats.

“It’s tough to beat them when you’re not getting the breaks,” Carroll head coach Paul Stone said. “They’re a really good team, and when they’re getting all the breaks too, it’s almost impossible.”

Turnovers for Carroll County was a contributing factor in the loss. “The thing that makes (Gallatin) so good is all those girls can handle the ball very well, all of them,” Stone said. “It makes them hard to guard, very hard to guard. Our goal is to, one day, all of us be able to handle the ball that well.”

The Lady Panthers got off to a slow start, down 8-0 at the 5:11 mark, forcing Stone to call a timeout.

Two possessions later, sophomore Lauren Moore put the first points on the board for the Lady Panthers, scoring on a lay up in transition. She scored again about two minutes later, pulling her team within five, 9-4. But the Lady Wildcats’ Scout Odom answered with a basket of her own on the next trip down the floor, and Mikkah Hignite got a steal and hit a lay up as the buzzer sounded to give Gallatin a 13-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Gallatin’s three-point shooting helped break open the game in the second quarter, as the team hit all four of their treys in the game during that span. Sharp shooter Hannah Dossett nailed three of the four, one with a Carroll defender’s hand in her face. 

Autumn Bowen hit the team’s fourth 3-pointer in transition as time expired, their second buzzer-beater of the game.

The Lady Panthers came close to matching the Lady Wildcats in the second half, 20-17, but just did not have the offensive firepower to carve into their lead.

Stone said his team had some good shots in the first half that just did not fall, but overall, he thought the team did a good job. “The girls played hard the whole way,” he said.

Moore and Miranda Groseclose both scored seven points to lead the team. Makena Kindoll and Chastity Burgin each scored four points, followed by Kayla Williamson and Kristen “Doodle” Amick with three points.

The Lady Panthers (1-6) will host the North American Stainless tournament, Dec. 27-29. The girls will kick things off Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. against Villa Madonna.