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The Lady Panthers struggled mightily on offense Friday, posting their lowest output of the season with a 47-13 loss to Walton-Verona.
However, head coach Paul Stone said he was proud of his team’s defense, especially in the third quarter, in which his team outscored the Lady Bearcats 6-3. “I was proud of the way we came out and played in the third quarter,” he said. “They didn’t give up and came out ready to play.”
The Lady Panthers (7-19) stayed close for most of the first quarter, down 8-5 for a long span. The Lady Bearcats (18-9) scored four points in the last 1:30 to lead 12-5 at the end of the first, still well within striking distance. Unfortunately, a late free throw by Makena Kindoll was Carroll’s only points of the second quarter, down 30-6 at halftime.
The home team re-grouped at halftime, tightening up their defense. The ladies started off well, with a 3-pointer by Miranda Groseclose.
Later in the quarter, Lauren Moore made a nice spin move toward the basket and drew a foul, but was unable to connect on the free throws. About a minute later, Kindoll also drove to the basket, spun and nailed the bucket. She also drew a foul and completed the three-point-play.
But the Lady Panthers could not capitalize on any momentum in the forth, scoring just one point.
Stone said his team had some good shots throughout, but rushed them. “We were a little erratic,” he said. “Once we got the shot we wanted, we threw the ball up instead of setting ourselves.”
Groseclose scored six points, while Kindoll scored four points and Kayla Williamson scored three points.
Carroll County committed 25 turnovers and struggled at times against the press. Walton-Verona called off the full-court press in the second quarter, up 27-5, and started picking them up at half court.
Heading into 31st District play this week, Stone said the girls need to work on using more shot and pass fakes offensively. “The more we do that, the better we are,” he said. They also need to take better care of the ball, he said.