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Carroll girls pull away late

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The Cavaliers held Marion scoreless over the final 9:45 to run away with a 51-32 win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– Holding a slim three-point lead over Marion late in the third quarter, Carroll County closed the game on a 16-0 run and claimed a 51-32 win over the Scarlet Hurricane in a Southwest District girls’ game Tuesday.

“We came out with the mindset that we were going to press them and try to wear them down, and I think the fourth quarter that was evident,” Carroll County coach Marc Motley said. “We dropped back into a half-court man [defense] in the fourth, and I thought it was excellent. We gave them very few shots, let alone anything open, and we didn’t give them any second shots.”

Marion (7-7, 2-1) trailed just 35-32 with less than a minute to play in the third quarter, but would not score again after a Rachel Martin free throw at the 1:46 mark of the period, going 0-for-8 with 11 turnovers the rest of the way.

Cassidi McCann scored off a Michaela Hash feed to close the third, starting what would evolve into a 16-point run to the finish for Carroll County (12-4, 4-0).

Shyann Dalton had two inside baskets and Rachel Dalton hit a 3-pointer and then scored on a stickback to open the fourth, and suddenly the nailbiter the Cavs were facing had turned into a 15-point spread, 47-32.

Marion had opened the second half making five of its first 10 field goals, including a jumper from the wing by Brooke Henderson as Marion trailed just 29-27.

The Cavaliers stretched their lead to 32-25 on a soft baseline jumper from McCann followed by a Lindsay Martin 3-pointer, but Marion drew back to within three points on back-to-back buckets from Henderson.

Marion never led after taking a 6-5 lead on a Henderson trey, but Carroll couldn’t shake the Hurricanes and were tied at 19 late in the half. McCann kicked out to Rachel Dalton for the first of her two straight 3-pointers, and Emily Hiatt drove the lane and dished to McCann to cap an 8-0 Carroll run.

“We go with a four-guard offense,” Motley said, “and we’re looking to get in the lane. We have good enough playmakers that once they get in the paint I let them make the decision of whether to pass it off, shoot it or kick it back out.”

Rachel Dalton led all scorers with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Martin scored 15 to go with six rebounds and Hiatt spearheaded the Cavaliers’ pressure with five steals, all in the first half.

Henderson scored 11 points and Callie Mellinger had 10 rebounds for Marion.

 

Marion.....................9  12  11    0––32

Carroll County......12  15  10  14––51

 

Marion (7-7, 2-1)

Whitley 0 0-0 0, O’Keefe 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2, Moore 2 2-2 8, R.Martin 0 1-2 1, Rakes 3 0-0 6, Pennington 1 0-1 2, Mellinger 0 0-0 0, Henderson 4 2-2 11. Totals 12 5-7 32.

Carroll County (12-4, 4-0)

Alderman 0 0-0 0, Hiatt 0 0-0 0, R.Dalton 7 2-3 20, Caldwell 0 0-0 0, T.Martin 0 1-2 1, Hash 0 0-0 0, Guynn 0 0-0 0, McCann 2 0-0 4, L.Martin 4 5-8 15, Sellers 2 0-2 4, Willard 0 0-0 0, S.Dalton 3 1-2 7. Totals 18 9-17 51.

 

Three-point field goals – Marion 3-11 (Moore 2, Henderson), Carroll County 6-18 (R.Dalton 4, L.Martin 2). Rebounds – Marion 34 (Mellinger 10), Carroll County 35 (L.Martin 6). Turnovers – Marion 26, Carroll County 14. Team fouls – Marion 15, Carroll County 15. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.