By Carol McIntire
Carrollton took over sole possession of second place in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) Saturday with a 52-37 win over the Salem Quakers.
Both teams previously lost to the West Branch Warriors, who lead the league with a perfect record.
“It was a good win for us,” said Carrollton Coach Craig Rodgers. “We took control early, which is what we wanted to do.”
After Kyla Jamison gave the Quakers a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter, the Warriors tied the game on two free throws by Cailee Husted and a drive inside by Darci Leary.
The teams traded three-point shots by Salem’s Casey Johnson and Mikayla Poole before Husted sank two three-point shots to give the Warriors a lead they never relinquished.
Husted scored eight of her 15 game points in the first quarter and helped give the Warriors a 16-10 lead after one quarter.
Carrollton pulled away in the second quarter on the strength of 10 points from Poole, a field goal by Maysie Rogers and foul shots by Kierra Gubesch and Leary and held a commanding 31-20 lead at intermission. Poole finished the game with 17 points, including four from three-point range.
“We knuckled down from the outside which opened up the middle for us to drive inside,” Coach Rogers said, referring to the 18 first half points that came from beyond the three-point arc.
Everything the Warriors put up, went in the basket early in the third period as they put eight points on the board Salem sank a shot from three point range. The Quakers scored six points in the quarter and trailed 44-26 going into the final period.
“We knew they were going to keep coming at us,” said Rogers. “We kept our composure and got the win.”
Eight Warriors put points on the board, in a balanced scoring effort. Rogers scored six points, Angela Starre 4, Leary and Cassidy Laizure three apiece, and Jaci Pridemore and Gubesch, each chipped in two. The Warriors played most of the game without senior Jaci Pridemore, who got into foul trouble early in the first quarter.
Starre pulled down seven rebounds to add to five assists and two steals. Poole was credited with four assists and two steals and grabbed three rebounds. Rogers had four steals.
Salem was led by Echo Mayer-Kutz and Johnson, each with nine points. Kutz also pulled down seven rebounds. Jamison and Elly Exline chipped in eight points apiece. Jamison also had seven rebounds.
Canton South 44
Earlier last week, the Warriors picked up a 47-44 overtime victory at Canton South. Mikayla Poole led the winners with 22 points and Angela Starre added eight.
The Warriors trailed the Wildcats through three quarters in the NBC contest and were down 30-29 heading into the fourth quarter before knotting the score at 39-39 at the end of regulation.
Booke Noll led Canton South with 13 points. Megan Mitchell also reached double figures with 12 points.