CHS Ladies top Lions, Wildcats; remain one game back in league

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The Lady Warriors remained in the hunt for a share of the league title with two wins last week.

The showdown with the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) leading Louisville Leopards was scheduled Feb. 3 on the Warriors’ home court. Carrollton’s only league loss came at the hands of the Lady Leopards during their first matchup of the season. If the Warriors won the game, the two teams share the league title. If the Leopards won, they own the league title.

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Carrollton sophomore Angela Starre (white uniform) boxes out Minerva junior Aliva Bates during a game against the Lions last week. Starre finished the night with a team high 16 points.

Carrollton remained in the hunt with a pair of wins over Canton South (50-39) and Minerva (62-48).

Against Canton South, the Wildcats matched Carrollton shot-for shot in the first period, leaving the game tied at 10 after one quarter.

Carrollton held a one-point lead (22-21) at halftime and outscored the Wildcats 28-18 in the second half en route to the win.

“At half time we talked about defensive coverage. We were not getting to spots quick enough and they were able to capitalize on us being out of position,” explained Carrollton Coach Craig Rodgers.

Ali Poole helped her teammates with a game-high 14 points, six steals and two assists. Angela Starre chipped in 11 points, eight steals and six boards; Cailee Husted, 10 points, two assists; Jaci Pridemore, six points; Mikayla Poole, five points; and Roz Pridemore, four points.

“We also talked about (our) shots not falling. That is going to happen from game to game,” noted Rodgers. “In those cases we have to pull together and we did that down the stretch in the fourth quarter. We got stops and converted layups or got fouled. There is never an easy game in our league.”

The Lady Warriors played host to the Minerva Lions Jan. 30.

Four of Carrollton’s five starters scored in double figures. Roz Pridemore fell one point short of hitting the 10-point mark.

The Warriors started the game on a 10-0 run against Minerva made possible by a jumper by Ali Poole, a three point shot and a free throw by Mikayla Poole and two buckets by Starre.

Bri Gassman converted a jumper to get the Lions on the board with less than four minutes left. With time running out in the first quarter, Lauren Frigyes made a shot to give the Lions four points. Carrollton led 13-4 heading into the second period.

Josie Chaddock put together a productive second quarter scoring nine of her team’s 11 points. She ended the game with 20 points.

Minerva trailed by 13 points at intermission.

The shooting was even from both sides in the third period, but Carrollton’s early surge gave them a 42-28 lead heading into the final period.

Minerva made shot after shot to start the fourth quarter bringing the team and their fans to life as they closed the gap to 45-42 early in the quarter.

The Lady Warriors finished strong, finding paths to the basket and sinking shots from the foul line to pull away for the 12-point win.

Starre led the Lady Warriors with 16; Mikayla Poole followed with 15; Ali Poole, 11; Husted 10; and Roz Pridemore nine points.

Following Chaddock’s 20-point performance for the Lions, Gassman chipped in eight points; Frigyes and Amanda Burchett each had six; Madison Pearson and Logan Pottorf tacked on four each.