A six-player rotation didn’t hinder the Carrollton High School girls’ basketball team’s ability to pick up a big Region 7-AAAAA victory on Friday as they pulled away from Cass for a 56-34 triumph.
“I was really pleased with our effort. Everybody needs to contribute in some way and I thought everybody did that when they were on the floor,” said head coach Shon Thomaston. “With us being limited in bodies, we’re going to have to win games like that.”
The No. 9 Lady Trojans (5-2, 3-1 Region 7-AAAAA) sped out the gate on 10-2 run to start Friday’s region battle before the Lady Colonels (7-2, 3-2) started to close the gap. Jumpers by Payton Stoddard and Claire Davis cut Carrollton’s lead down to 13-11 to end the first quarter.
Briefly falling behind to begin the second, Carrollton regained the upperhand and took a late four-point lead of a three from senior guard Rachel Herrera. However, another downtown bomb from the Lady Colonel captain Stoddard left the home team clinging on to a slim 23-22 advantage going into the locker rooms.
De’Mauri Flournoy got things rolling for Carrollton in the third quarter with five quick points of her own, a run that would be followed up by a Shamari Vaughn three that put them up by five.
A Herrera trey at the buzzer put them up 38-28 heading into the final period.
Quiet from the field for most of the ballgame, freshman guard Kehinde Obasuyi exploded for eight fastbreak points to start the fourth and pad Carrollton’s lead. Flournoy, who led the team with 23 points and eight rebounds, shut the game down with five buckets late to give her team their third straight region win.
Coach Thomaston described the factors that allowed his ballclub to establish separation in the second half.
“We picked our defense up a little bit. They have a good point guard (Amber Brittian) that was kind of controlling the game for them. We took her out of the game by denying her the ball and making other girls bring it up. It threw them out of rhythm,” Thomaston said. “We also started rebounding the ball better. Dyimond Watkins, Kelsie Thomas and my two guard De’Mauri and Kehindi don’t mind getting rebounds and that stuff’s big because you’re not giving up second chances. We did a much better job at playing a complete ballgame in the second half.”
Carrollton will try to keep the momentum rolling on Saturday at 3 p.m. when welcoming Rome to Criswell Court.
“They’re really good as well, so we’re going to have to give the same type of effort to give ourselves a chance,” Thomaston said. “I think we will.”