RIVERSIDE — Sometimes the faster gear isn’t always the best one to use. That’s what Carroll coach Rob Berry found out on Monday, when his Patriots girls basketball team composed themselves enough to run away from the visiting Middletown Madison Mohawks (9-8).
Berry’s bunch limited Madison to a mere two points scored in the second quarter, charged out to a 29-13 lead at the half and rolled to a convincing 65-27 win.
“We wanted to speed the game up in that first quarter. And even though we had about 16-17 possessions, we gave up too many points,” Berry said. Carroll (11-5) held a precarious 16-11 lead at that point. “So we pulled our defensive press back a bit. We still pressed, but not to where we were face guarding, and in just 12 possessions we opened the lead up. By slowing the game down a little bit like that, I think we made better decisions.”
Madison Schroeder scored a game-high 14 points. That’s well off her Greater Catholic League Co-Ed leading scoring average of 18.4 ppg, but then again, she didn’t need to score that many. Instead, 11 Patriots player contributed with at least two points in the game. Schroeder’s younger sister Amanda was the other Carroll player in double-figure scoring. She finished with 10, but Emma and Ellie Rumme, Morgan King, Caroline Austria, Maggie Root, Ashley Zugelder Stephanie Townsend, Kate Hickey and Olivia Seymour all scored.
Berry noted that Madison Schroeder had hauled in 10 rebounds by halftime. He said the team’s last scorer, Root, epitomized the teamwork by his Patriots squad, too.
“She probably scored her two points on the game’s final tenths of a second, but she had eight assists tonight. That’s outstanding. So even though she didn’t score as much as she would’ve probably wanted to, she had an outstanding floor game and did what she could to help the team,” Berry said.
Madison’s Emily Cox finished with 10 points to lead her team. Mohawk coach John Rossi Jr. said Carroll put his team in some uncomfortable spots.
“That’s what good teams do. They exploited some of our weaknesses and made us have to do some things that we were very uncomfortable doing, and it showed tonight,” Rossi said. “Heck, they had 11 kids scoring for them, and we could barely manage 27 points.”
Rossi said Carroll may have had revenge on their minds, after losing last season to Madison on a half-court shot at the buzzer. “We got ‘em last year, and they made sure that wasn’t going to happen this year,” he said. “We’ve just gotta have a short memory and move on to the next game (Thursday at home against New Lebanon Dixie).”
Carroll returns to GCL Co-Ed play on Wednesday when they will host Cincinnati Purcell Marian.
The Patriots have now won seven of their last eight games. After a jarring 70-28 road loss to Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame on Thursday, Carroll has outscored its last two opponents by a combined score of 146-39.