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Lady Warriors grab NBC crown

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Carrollton High School girls basketball
The Lady Warriors Kelsey Voll fires up a three points in last Monday's win over Canton South.

It has been a long time since a Carrollton girls basketball team could call themselves Northeastern Buckeye Conference champions.

It was the 1994-95 season and members of this year’s team had not yet been born.

Last Monday night that all changed. The Warriors rolled over visiting Canton South 68-40 to claim the NBC title outright.

Carrollton shared the NBC title in the 2000-2001 season with West Branch.

It is not unusual for the Warriors to trail in the early stages of a game and that held true against the Wildcats.

Carrollton Head Coach Craig Rodgers gives all the credit to the girls.

“The girls have worked very hard to get to where they are,” Rodgers said. “They are very competitive, have a tremendous work ethic and hate to lose.”

South held a couple early leads, but by the time the first quarter ended the Warriors held a six-point advantage at 20-14.

They extended their lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 15-11 and taking a 35-25 lead at halftime.

The Warriors put the game away at the beginning of the third quarter and ran up a lead of 55-36 going into the fourth quarter.

Rodgers said another key to their success is they play together as a team.

“The girls play very well together and feed off one another,” he said.

That shows in their balanced scoring.

Junior Monica Starre led the Warriors with 15 points, seven steals, seven rebounds and six assists. Junior Rachel Devine and sophomore Ali Poole each added 10 points.

Junior Kelsey Voll canned three three-pointers and ended with nine points.
In the junior varsity game, the Warriors came up just short, falling to the Wildcats 31-27.

From the floor, the Warriors hit 18-of-37 action shots and 14-of-18 free throws.

For the Wildcats, sophomore Kamryn Tharp kept the South in the game by hitting four first-half three pointers and finished with 13 points before leaving the game with what appeared to be a knee injury.

Maddie Dunlap led Carrollton with nine points and Hailey Wells followed with eight.

Last Thursday on the road at Alliance, the Warriors wrapped up a perfect NBC schedule by rolling over the Aviators 49-19.

The Warriors had the game put away long before the end of the first quarter. They led 13-3 after one, 23-9 at halftime and 36-11 going into the fourth quarter.

Devine led 10 Lady Warriors in the scoring column with 11 points, while Poole added 10 and eight steals. Roz Pridemore added six points two rebounds and three steals.

Carrollton recorded 24 steals.

Starre finished with just five points, but she led the Warriors on the boards with seven rebounds, had eight assists and five steals.

For the Aviators, Daijana Johnson led the way with eight points.

The Warriors were to end their regular season Tuesday night by traveling to North Canton to face the Federal League champion Vikings.

The Warriors will begin tournament play Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Union Local Division II sectional against Meadowbrook at 6 p.m.

Carrollton 68, Canton South 40
CANTON SOUTH: Kamryn Tharp 4 1-2 13, Katie Uminski 3 0-0 7, Kayla Thompson 2 0-0 4, Ann Marie Trissel 1 2-4 4, Caroline Thompson 2 0-0 4, Sarah Williams 1 2-2 4, Beth Myers 0 2-2 2, Emily Mitchell 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 7-11 40.
CARROLLTON: Monica Starre 4 7-7 15, Ali Poole 3 4-6 10, Rachel Devine 4 2-2 10, Kelsey Voll 3 0-0 9, Savana Lowery 4 0-0 8, Schyler Fennimore 3 0-2 8, Mackenzie DeGarmo 2 0-0 5, Roz Pridemore 1 1-1 3, Katie Davis 0 0-0 0, Maddie Dunlap 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-18 68. 

CANTON SOUTH: 14 11  11   4  - 40
CARROLLTON:      20 15  20 13  - 68
Three-point goals – Kamryn Tharp 4, Kelsey Voll 3, Schyler Fennimore 2, Mackenzie DeGarmo, Katie Uminski. Fouls - Canton South 15-14. Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Canton South 16 (Beth Myers 6), Carrollton 21 (Monica Starre 7). Records: Carrollton 18-2, 13-0. Reserve game: Canton South 31, Carrollton 27.

Carrollton 49, Alliance 19
CARROLLTON: Maddie Dunlap 1  0-1 2, Schyler Fennimore 1 0-0 2, Addie Davis 0 1-2 1, Roz Pridemore 2 2-2 6, Rachel Devine 5 0-0 11, Kelsey Voll 2 0-0 5, Mackenzie DeGarmo 2 0-0 5, Monica Starre 2 0-0 5, Ali Poole 4 2-2 10, Savana Lowery 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 5-7 49.
ALLIANCE: Katelyn Daniels 1 0-0 2, Cheyenne Phillips 1 0-0 3, Talea Lilly1 0-0 2, Kate McElroy 1 0-0 2, Shania Mays 1 0-0 2, Daijana Johnson 4 0-1 8. Totals 9 0-1 19.

CARROLLTON:   13  10  13  13  -  49
ALLIANCE:           3     6    2    8  -  19
Three-point goals - Devine, Voll, DeGarmo, Starre, Phillips. Fouls - Carrollton 6-4. Fouled out—none. Rebounds: Carrollton 19 (Monica Starre 7), Alliance 21 (Cheyenne Phillips 4). Records: Carrollton 19-2, 14-0.

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