Panthers lose heartbreaker to Gallatin

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By Kristin Beck

With 21.2 seconds to go and Carroll County down by three, senior Andy Sisenstein rebounded a Gallatin County missed free throw and dribbled the ball up the left sideline. Junior Zach Wise found himself wide-open underneath the basket, but Sisenstein was swarmed by defenders and took a time-out with 14.6 seconds to go.

The Panthers in-bounded the ball underneath their basket, but could not get a decent shot. Junior Ethan Stewart shot a desperation three-pointer from the top of the key with a Gallatin County defender in his face. The ball brushed the bottom of the net and could not be saved in-bounds by Wise.

Final score: Gallatin County 53, Carroll County 50.

With the loss, the Panthers drop to 3-11 on the season.

“Gallatin is a real good team, and we’re pleased that we played a lot better than we have the last few games,” Head Coach Carroll Yager said. “There was enough things in the game though that I think we could’ve come out on the wining side.”

Carroll County led 20-19 following a basket by freshman Dallas Gibson with 2:47 to go in the second quarter. While the team remained close throughout, a turnover or a missed shot stopped them from re-taking control.

“We missed several easy shots, really easy shots. Particularly in the fourth quarter, I think we missed three layups,” Yager said.

The Panthers also shot a season-low one for two from the free throw line.

“We needed to attack the rim a bit more,” Yager said. “They’re an aggressive team, … and it seemed like we shied away from taking it to the rim.”

Craig shined in the game, scoring a season-high 18 points, including three three-pointers.

“That’s probably one of his best games he played for us, this year and last year,” Yager said. “That was one of the things we tried to do this year was move him out on the floor a bit and give an opportunity to shoot out on the floor. … He really battled inside for us, and I was pleased with his effort for sure.”

The rest of the scoring was a collective effort, with eight other players scoring a basket.

The team plays Walton-Verona at home Thursday night and then again in the first round of the 8th Region Class A tournament on Jan. 19 at Walton-Verona