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Panthers defeat Demons
Carroll County senior John Michael Adams hit the game-winning shot off a drive down the lane to lift the Panthers over the Williamstown Demons, 59-57, Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The Panthers ran 3 minutes and 40 seconds off the clock in the four-minute overtime period, as the Demons were content to sit back in a 3-2 zone, head coach Carroll Yager said. Adams was fouled on the shot, but missed the free throw. Williamstown was a little erratic with the ball and called timeout with 1.9 seconds to go, Yager said. After the timeout, they inbounded the ball off the side and shot a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was no good.
Carroll trailed at halftime, 27-21, but came roaring back with a big third quarter, outscoring the Demons, 25-13.
Senior Dakota Corbin hit two free throws to give his team a 3-point lead at the end of the game, but Williamstown hit a 3-pointer with just tenths of a second to go to send the game into overtime.
“It was a real good high school game, and we were just fortunate to come out ahead,” Yager said. “Williamstown is always a tough place to play. Their fans are into the game, and their band is very good and very loud. It’s a good atmosphere.”
With the win, Carroll improved to 13-10, while Williamstown dropped to 9-17. Williamstown shot a slightly better percentage from the field – 44 percent to 42 percent – but Carroll outrebounded the home team, 30-20. The Panthers also took care of the basketball, committing just four turnovers.
Williamstown’s David Jump led all scorers with 22 points. Austin Crowell led Carroll County with 16 points, while Corbin posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds and had two blocks. Jacob Wise finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Adams scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jackson “Boo” Donahue also scored six points. Isaiah Hogan scored five points, while Justin Ray and Blake Kruzan each scored two points.
Warriors avenge loss, beat Panthers
Eminence outscored Carroll County 20-11 to pull away with a 51-45 win Monday, Feb. 17, at home. The series is tied 1-1, with the tiebreaker being the most important – next Monday night’s 31st District Tournament. The teams play at 7:30 p.m. at Carroll County.
After a lopsided loss the week before at Carroll County, 77-43, the Warriors came out determined to show that was not a normal game.
“We didn’t play very well,” head coach Carroll Yager said. “You’ve got to give credit to Eminence. I think without question, they went back after the previous Monday, came together as a team and said, ‘We’re gonna give it a better shot than they did last Monday.’ They played really hard, they played well, they did a lot of things good. You’ve got to give them credit for what our statistics were. Our statistics were really bad.”
The Panthers had just five assists, shot 35 percent from the field and 47 percent from the free throw line, and turned the ball over 20 times – one of their highest totals of the season.
“We’re better when we’re going up and down the floor than when we’re playing half court against somebody,” Yager said. “We never got many fast break points, but part of that is we were throwing the ball away.”
Eminence’s Jalen Dixie led all scorers with 25 points. Austin Crowell scored 12 points for Carroll County, followed by Dakota Corbin and Isaiah Hogan with nine points. Blake Kruzan scored seven points, Jacob Wise scored four points and Justin Ray and Jackson “Boo” Donahue each scored two points.
“For us to have a chance to really do something, there’s a couple things we have to do,” Yager said. “One, we must really play defense well, we must. If we don’t play defense well, it really compromises our chances. The second thing is we’ve got to take care of the basketball, and we can do that because they can all handle the ball pretty good. And when you can handle the ball pretty good, you can run your sets and get some shots. That was what we didn’t do. We broke things off too quick.”