By Jordan Miller
The Carrollton Lady Warriors basketball team won a close game and lost a close game during the past week.
The Lady Warriors held on to a lead to defeat the Minerva Lady Lions 42-40 Dec. 23 and then droppped a 55-52 game to Hiland.
Against Minerva the Warriors headed into the third quarter with a 26-20 lead, both teams scored nine points in the third period. Minerva cut the deficit and tied the game at 40 with 6.3 seconds remaining.
Ali Poole stole a Lions inbound pass and was fouled with .3 seconds left. She sank both free throws to secure the win for the Lady Warriors.
Mikayla Poole ended the night with 13 points. Ali Poole followed with 11 points; Angela Starre, and Cailee Husted both with six; and Roz Pridemore and Jaci Pridemore with three each. Roz Pridemore recorded 11 rebounds.
Josie Chaddock led the Lions with 13 points. She was followed by Madison Pearson, eight points; Bri Gassman and Alivia Bates, six each; Logan Pottorf, three; and Amanda Burchett and Kayla Kinsey, two each.
Against Hiland, Ali Poole scored 18 first half points in a game that see-sawed back and fourth.
The Hawks led 13-7 early in the matchup, but the Lady Warriors outscored them 18-9 during the second quarter, giving Carrollton a 25-22 lead at intermission.
At the end of the third quarter, the Lady Warriors were down 44-41 but a six-point run gave them the lead at 47-44.
The Hawks refused to lie down and roll over and tied the game at 51 with 1:51 remaining.
Carrollton trailed by one point with 15.6 seconds left, forcing them into a fouling situation. Hiland sophomore Kennedy Schlabach sank both free throws putting her team up by three, she finished 4-of-4 from the line.
With 3.6 seconds left in the game and out of time outs, Ali Poole took the inbound pass and heaved the ball from half-court hoping to send the game into overtime; the ball bounced off of the backboard and rolled off the front of the rim.
Ali Poole finished the night with 22 points for the Lady Warriors. Mikayla Poole followed with 11; Husted, 11; and Starre, eight.
The Lady Warriors finished 9-of-18 from the line and 5-of-17 from three-point range.
Hiland finished 9-of-12 from the line and 10-of-19 from behind the arc.
Carrollton competed in the Jackson Old Carolina Holiday Classic earlier this week on Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Warriors will travel to Louisville Jan. 2. Both teams are undefeated in league play. JV action tips off at noon followed by the varsity game.
They will take the road again to take on the Marlington Lady Dukes Jan. 9.