Turnovers, rebounds keys to Lady Panthers’ defeat

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By Kristin Beck

Carroll County (11-10) had a tough night offensively and on the boards, losing 55-36 at home to South Oldham Monday night.

“I don’t know if the girls were as focused as they need to be playing one of the top teams in the region,” Head Coach Randy Mefford said. “It’s disappointing that we didn’t play better.”

The Lady Panthers shot a dismal 24 percent from the field on 12-for-51 shooting on the night and committed 18 turnovers, many as a result of the Lady Dragons’ press.

“Their whole scheme in their press is to get you playing faster than you want to play,” Mefford said. “We got a little helter skelter out there and tried to play too fast. They got us playing their game, and we didn’t take real good care of the ball.”

The Lady Panthers started the game competitively, but quickly fell behind midway through the first quarter, down 7-18 to start the second. They battled back by driving the lane and getting to the foul line, where they hit nine of 12 foul shots, 15 of 22 for the night. However, they did not hit a field goal until a lay-up at the buzzer by senior Marissa Brindley to end the half. South Oldham missed a number of easy shots, keeping Carroll County in the game, down 18-30 at the half.

A three-pointer by senior Sarah Osborne on Carroll County’s second possession of the third quarter cut the lead to nine, but that was as close as they would get. Osborne led the team with 13 points, shooting four for five from the field and three for four from the line. Leading scorer sophomore Hannah Devine was held to just eight points on the night.

“We missed some easy shots,” Mefford said. “We missed some layups and some putbacks. Some shots that if we make those, we’re right in the ballgame.”

The Lady Dragons also out-rebounded the Lady Panthers 35-19, including grabbing 15 offensive boards. 

“Sometimes I looked down there, and they were standing inside of us, and we’re not even touching anybody,” Mefford said. “We’ll study the tape and take a look at it, and hopefully, we’ll be more prepared if we get to play them again, which I hope we will in the regional tournament.”

The week does not let up for Carroll County, who will play Spencer County in an at home match-up that was re-scheduled because of the snow and against Grant County Friday night for homecoming.

“Hopefully our girls can bounce back and play better than they did tonight,” Mefford said. “We’ve got three games this week, and nothing’s going to be easy for us. We’ve got to play better basketball than we did tonight to beat anybody.”