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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:50 pm

Carroll girls down Concordia

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The Carroll girls basketball team avenged an earlier loss with a 56-45 win over Concordia in the Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne on Wednesday.

The Chargers fell 45-43 to the Cadets on Dec. 8 in a regular-season contest.

"We just didn't play our style of game (in the last game) and now we did so getting back to our style of play," Carroll's Kelli Damman said. "We like to push the tempo when we can, we played a lot better defense. We got stops when we needed to and we hit shots.

"(We needed) To stay calm and know that we had the experience to deal with it and not freak out like we did last time. We just needed to settle ourselves down."

The teams were tied at 16 in the second quarter but Carroll used a 12-1 run to go up 28-17 with 3:32 left in the first half. The Chargers led 37-25 at the half.

The Cadets opened the third quarter on a 11-3 run to get within 40-36 with about three minutes left in the quarter.

The Chargers defended well and limited Concordia's shots in the fourth quarter and used a 3-pointer from Damman and trips to the free-throw line to build a 52-41 lead with 1:58 left in the game.

"(I told them) Not to shoot the ball," Carroll coach Mark Redding said. "How many times are we going to shoot the ball and how many times are we going to miss? We are winning, we don't need to shoot. That's something we have to get better at. If we're in control of the game, make them have to play defense, just work the ball and get better shots."

The teams combined for 59 shots from the free-throw line with Carroll making 22 of 27 and the Cadets 22 of 33.

Damman led the Chargers with 22 points and Macy Miller added 10.

"(In the last game) They made the plays they needed to make at the end of the last game," Redding said. "We wanted to make sure we weren't in that position, we wanted to make sure (Concordia's) Carissa (Garcia) was going to earn everything. (Chanteese Craig), we did a nice job, she hurt us the first game and I thought we did a great job on defense."

Garcia, a Northern Kentucky recruit, had 20 for the Cadets, 14 of which came from the free-throw line.

"I thought we did well (defending Garcia)," Redding said. " You can't stop her, even if you put five girls on her, she's still going to score. I thought our girls did a nice job harassing her, making her work, wear her out."

Carroll will play the winner of today's Homestead and Bishop Luers game.

The Chargers previously lost to Homestead 53-52 on Dec. 1 and are excited about the potential for a rematch.

"We just have to bring energy, be the better defensive team, and our offense has to be better," Redding said.