The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:00 am

High School Basketball

Chargers take pair from Saints

Girls use defense in 2nd half; boys start fast, cruise

VICTORIA JACOBSEN | The Journal Gazette

The Carroll girls could barely buy a basket in the early minutes of their game at Bishop Dwenger on Friday night, while the Chargers boys hit their first six shots in the second game of the doubleheader.

But both Chargers teams ruined the night for Bishop Dwenger as the Carroll girls pulled away in the third quarter to win 55-48 and the Chargers boys went on a 19-0 run in the second quarter that put them in position for a 60-43 win. 

Carroll senior Brianna Thomas hit a 3-pointer to open the girls game, but the Chargers (11-4, 4-1 SAC) went cold after that, hitting just one free throw for the rest of the quarter and falling behind 14-4.

Senior Malia Williams broke the drought with the first of her three 3-pointers, and junior guard Delane Sheets briefly put the Chargers up 16-15 in the second quarter.

Sophomore guard Brooke Pocock hit a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the second quarter, but Bishop Dwenger junior Rachel McCarthy responded with a buzzer-beating heave from near half-court to put the Saints (7-7, 2-4 SAC) up 22-21 at halftime.

The Chargers buckled down defensively in the third quarter and outscored the Saints 17-6. Saints junior Cecilia Garrett hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer – her third of the quarter – to cut the Chargers' final margin of victory to seven points.

Dwenger senior Maggie Cheevers led all scorers with 12 points and also pulled down six rebounds. Garrett finished with 10 points. Williams was Carroll's top scorer with 10 points, and freshman guard Nevaeh Jackson scored nine.

It was another encouraging win for a Carroll team that beat Norwell on Tuesday, was playing without junior guard Emily Parrett and senior guard Olivia Hoeppner, the team's two leading scorers, due to injury and illness. 

“I think we started out a little bit slow, but that was just because our defense, we weren't really taking away the next pass,” Williams explained.

The Carroll boys (9-1, 3-0) hadn't played a game since winning the SAC Holiday Tournament championship Dec. 28, but they didn't look like a team coming off a two-week layoff as they jumped out to a 15-4 lead without missing a shot. 

The Saints (2-7, 0-3) came charging back to tie the game at 19 at the end of the first quarter, but they couldn't rally again after the Chargers scored 19 straight points in the second quarter.

“The start of the game was really good, the first four to five minutes, but the last three to four were lost in sync there for a little bit – and credit to Dwenger there, they did a nice job of hitting some shots and getting out in transition,” Carroll coach Marty Beasley said. “(In the second quarter), I thought we had great possessions offensively, and I thought we locked in defensively and really didn't give them anything. They had to earn some shots.

“And we rebounded the ball well – we didn't give them the basket, and we didn't give them a second chance.”

Junior guard Ryan Preston and sophomore guard Jalen Jackson each scored 15 points for the Chargers. Junior forward Samuel Strycker scored 12 points, half of them at the free throw line, and senior guard Richie Gross led the team in rebounds (6) and assists (5).

Bishop Dwenger senior Hunter Burns led the Saints with 10 points. Junior Brenden Lytle was held to nine points for the Saints. 

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