Warriors close out regular season with win over Hoover, loss at Strasburg

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CCM/Dan Ries Carrollton sophomore Kylie Ujcich (15) releases a shot to score three of her career-high 23 points against North Canton Hoover.

Kylie Ujcich scored a career high 23 points and had 11 steals as the Lady Warriors defeated the Hoover Vikings 53-36 on Dec. 12 in the final game of the regular season,
The matchup, played in the CHS gym, at first appeared it may be one sided, as Hoover came into the game with four players in boot casts or on crutches. But you couldn’t tell by the first half effort by the Vikings. Carrollton managed a slim 9-7 first quarter lead as both offensives appeared sluggish. Each team scored just three baskets in the first quarter.
Carrollton Head Coach Nik Schweikert wasn’t worried about the slow start.
“(Playing) Saturday to Monday is a quick swing. Gave them the day off Sunday. More important to stay healthy. It was a little sluggish to start. The shots just weren’t going in. Defensively, we did some good things, caused some turnovers (26) and chaos. We pushed the base. That’s what we want to do in the playoffs,” Schweikert said.
Hoover tied the game at 11-11 with 4:45 left in the half. Sixty seconds later Carrollton would lead 17-11 as Ujcich scored six straight points with a basket and a four-for-four performance at the foul line, all after stealing the ball twice. Carrollton maintained the six-point lead until the Vikings hit a 3-pointer with seconds left in the half to draw within 22-19.
Hoover drew within two points early in the third quarter, but the Warriors went on a 14-0 run before Hoover hit a second basket with 3:30 left in the third. Brae Roudebush dumped in 10 points in the third quarter to give Carrollton a 41-27 advantage at the end of quarter.
The fourth quarter started with Ujcich outscoring Hoover 9-4 giving the Warriors a 50-31 lead with 4:30 left in the game. Both teams were able to give reserve players some playing time as Carrollton cruised to the victory.
Ujcich finished the game with three 3-pointers. She had three assists and eight of Carrollton’s 26 steals. But the numbers don’t give you the entire story. Her defensive pressures caused bad passes by Hoover and steal opportunities for the Warriors. She drew the attention of the Hoover defense in the third, only scoring three points, but leaving her teammates open, allowing them to score 16 points, including Roudebush’s 10.
Roudebush finished with 13 points, all in the second half and included three 3-pointers. Paige Davis had six points on two 3-pointers and eight steals. Demi Leary and Hillari Baker each had a 3-pointer. Carrollton was out-rebounded 23-18. Haley Leslie pulled down four.
The Carrollton JV won the two quarter JV matchup 20-14. Kenley Mitchell had nine points and Kami Shaw added seven.
The Lady Warriors played their third game in five days, traveling to Strasburg Feb. 14 and suffered a 58-41 loss.
Strasburg took a 11-9 first quarter lead and maintained their two-point advantage at halftime, holding a 26-24 lead. But the exhausted Warriors were outscored 32-17 in the second half by Strasburg, giving them the victory.
Baker led Warriors with 21 points and three 3-pointers. Leary scored nine points and one 3-pointer. Strasburg held a 23-22 rebound edge. Ujcich pulled down seven boards and Baker six.
Carrollton finished the regular season 17-5 and 7-3 in the Eastern Buckeye Conference.

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