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Warriors claim season sweep of Lady Lions
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By Dan Ries
The Carrollton Warrior girls basketball team earned the season sweep Jan.31 when traveled to Minerva to face the Lady Lions, posting a 51-15 victory.
The score is a bit misleading as the Warriors faced a strong defensive performance from the Lady Lions.
It was senior night for the Lions, who also honored the Carrollton seniors.
Carrollton held a 7-1 lead at the 4:27 mark in the first quarter, but it was a battle as Minerva’s defense caused numerous turnovers and contested every shot the Warriors attempted, limiting them to just three field goals, two on rebound layups by the Warriors’ Maleyna Havens. The Warriors would then begin to find the bottom of the net and take a 15-2 first quarter lead.
Minerva pulled within 17-7 early in the second quarter before Carrollton hit four of their nine 3-pointers and take a 34-9 halftime advantage.
Minerva’s stingy defense returned in the third as they held Carrollton scoreless for over five minutes. It wasn’t until the 2:39 mark of the third quarter that Kylie Ujcich hit a 3-pointer. The Warriors entered the final quarter leading 44-10.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and both teams were able to get playing time for their reserves. A 7-5 fourth quarter secured the Warrior victory.
It was a team effort for the Warriors as 10 players scored, led by Ujcich with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Havens contributed six points. Demi Leary, Paige Davis, Hillari Baker, Emma Shafer and Kamryn Shaw each had a 3-pointer and scored five points. Havens led the Warriors in rebounds with seven.
Minerva was led by Lillian Stoltzfus with five points. Kyleigh Lippincott had a 3-pointer.
Minerva won the JV game 21-16 in 2 quarters.
Carrollton (15-4, 7-3) will travel to Canton Central Catholic Feb. 10. The last regular season home game is Feb. 12 against Hoover (senior night).
Minerva v Fairless
The Lions travelled to Fairless Feb. 3 for a non-league contest, losing 66-36. Fairless took a 16-9 first quarter lead stretching it to a 37-16 halftime advantage. Fairless controlled the second half 29-20 to secure the victory.
Lilah Sanor led the Lions with seven points including a 3-pointer. Stoltzfus, Ireland Kirkpatrick and Mackenzie French each scored six points.
Minerva won the JV matchup.
Minerva (5-15, 1-9) will travel to Harrison Central Feb. 8.
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