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Warriors pile up points in non-league victories
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By Dan Ries
Hillari Baker scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter of a non-league game with the Dalton Bulldogs Dec. 23 in the Carrollton High School gym.
The Warriors’ pressure defense forced nine Dalton turnovers in the first quarter as well and the Warriors rolled to a 67-41 win.
Dalton would take an early 1-0 lead before a stifling Warrior defense took control of the game and the hosts outrebounded the Bulldogs 18-4 on the defensive boards. The Bulldogs would not find the bottom of the net again until the 3:20 mark of the first quarter. Carrollton held a commanding 18-4 lead after the first quarter and stretch the margin to 37-15 at the half.
After the game, Carrollton Coach Schweikert talked about his team’s first half success. “We knew it (turnovers) was something we could take advantage of defensively. We did a good job defensively in the first half. We rebounded. We brought the intensity to the game.”
“We shot the ball well today,” he continued. “We challenged them at halftime to move the ball around. We play better when we play as a team.”
The second half of the game belonged to Warrior Braelynn Roudebush who scored 14 of her career—high 19 points in the half, including, two of her three 3-pointers, and grabbed four rebounds.
Carrollton led 53-24 heading into the final stanza when the Bulldogs attempted a comeback that fell short.
Kylie Ujcich and Roudebush shared rebounding honors with six apiece as the hosts held a 28-16 advantage on the board. Maleyna Havens grabbed five rebounds. Emma Shafer was credited with five of the Warriors 12 steals.
Schweikert commented on his sophomore forward’s career high effort.
“She’s (Roudebush) capable of that. We had a sit-down meeting yesterday with her and we challenged her to look to score more; that it’s not selfish. It’s selfish when you don’t score when you can. That hurts the team. She had a good game”
Dalton won the JV matchup 46-17.
The Lady Warriors made twelve 3-pointers and outrebounded the Meadowbrook Colts 27-12 on the way to a 70-32 non-league victory at Byesville Dec. 27.
The visitors built a 16-10 first quarter lead, expanding it to 28-19 at the half before blowing the game open with a 31-9 third quarter. An 11-4 fourth quarter would secure the victory for Carrollton.
Baker led all scorers with 16 points. Ujcich contributed 15 points all on five 3-pointers. Demi Leary, Baker, and Shafer each had two 3-pointers. Roudebush added one.
The 27 rebounds by the Warriors were a team effort. Havens grabbed six boards while teammates Ujcich, Ryleigh Hanenkrat and Haley Leslie each pulled down four.
Meadowbrook won the junior varsity game 43-11.
Carrollton (9-1, 4-1) will return to Eastern Buckeye Conference action Jan. 3 when the team hosts Marlington.
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