The No. 3 seeded Carrollton girls basketball team dominated the No. 22 seeded East Liverpool Potters in their opening game of the sectional tournament last week by a 100-29 score.
Carrollton’s all time leading scorer, senior Ali Poole, etched her name in the record books recording 39 points, a new game high record. Poole broke Jessica Edie’s record of 38 points set in 2002.
The Warriors jumped out to an early 8-0 lead ignited by an Ali Poole bucket and a breakaway lay up by Angela Starre.
Starre stripped the ball away from an East Liverpool player as she brought it up the court and found senior Roz Pridemore in the paint for the layup to increase the lead.
Cailee Husted dished a pass to Ali Poole who sank the shot from beyond the arc and sophomore Darci Leary found Ali Poole under the basket for an easy lay up to add five more points for the winners.
Hailey Wells put up a shot for the Lady Warriors but it was off the mark. Jaci Pridemore pulled down the rebound and put it back up for two-second chance points.
The Lady Warriors led 22-12 at the end of the first quarter, including nine from Ali Poole.
The winners continued to pour it on in the second quarter, taking a 49-16 lead into the lockeroom at halftime.
The Warriors increased their lead to 75-24 by the end of the third quarter. and added 25-5 in the final stanza.
Ali Poole’s record-breaking performance was followed by her sister Mikayla with 16 points. Cailee Husted chipped in 14 points; Angela Starre finished with 10; Jaci Pridemore finished with six points; Chloe Glass, four; Darci Leary, three; and Roz Pridemore, Mia Moore, Cassidy Laizure and Zoe Drake finished with two points each.
Mariah Prachy led East Liverpool with eight points.
“Ali is a special player. She works hard at what she does and deserves all the praise. She goes out every game to win,” said Carrollton Coach Craig Rodgers. “The records just take care of themselves.”
“Everybody looks at Ali as a scorer but she does so much more than just score. She had 13 rebounds, five assists, six steals and four blocks to go along with it, not to mention her court leadership,” stated Coach Rodgers.
When asked if the team has practiced any differently due to tournament play, Rodgers said, “We have been doing a lot of the same things in practice as we have all year. We really don’t want to change a whole lot. We are focused every day and understand that every game needs to be our best.”
With the win, the Lady Warriors improve to 18-5 on the season winning 9 of their last 10 games dating back to Jan. 2 against Louisville.
The Lady Warriors will face the Claymont Mustangs Feb. 20 at Ohio University Eastern in St. Clairsville in the second round of sectional play. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.
The winner of that game will face the winner of the No. 5 Cambridge vs. No. 7 Philo game in the district semifinals on Feb. 23. The location and time of the game is TBA.