By John Bombatch
DAYTON — Carroll trapped and pressured its way to a 74-53 road win Wednesday night over Dayton Chaminade Julienne. Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North foe Kettering Alter is up next on the Patriots’ schedule, and so Carroll coach Cecelia Grosselin upped the team’s defensive intensity against CJ as a way of getting ready.
“We know we have Alter coming up on Saturday, and so we’ve been focusing on improving our defense, and just doing the little things better than we have,” Grosselin explained.
Unofficially, the Patriots (11-0, 3-0 GCLC North) caused 21 CJ turnovers in the game.
The two GCL foes battled to a 33-26 Carroll lead at the half, but a 14-2 run over the final five minutes of the third quarter gave the Pats a double-digit lead for good.
In what Grosselin described as a total team effort, 10 Carroll players scored at least two points against CJ.
Amanda Schroeder led Carroll with a game-high 18 points, Ellie Rumme finished with 15, Sydney Ingram had 10 second-half points, while Morgan King and Allie Stefanek scored eight each. Other Carroll scores were turned in by Maggie Root (four points), Marina Stevens, Juliann Huber and Julia Keller (two each), and Dana Koesters (five points).
Stefanek made her first varsity start. The freshman guard drained a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as part of her eight-point evening.
“She did a really nice job in her first varsity start. She has plenty of potential as well,” Grosselin said.
The Carroll coach said she keeps her undefeated squad focused by reminding them one particular thing:
“We just always try to remind them that it’s a team effort, and that we need to get stronger as a team in order to make each other better. We have players who guard Amanda (Schroeder) in practice and battle with her, and sometimes they don’t even get into the game. But they’re just as important to the team, because they make Amanda better. And them playing Amanda makes them better, too.”
CJ coach Mandy Myers was impressed with Carroll’s defensive effort.
“They did a good job pressuring the ball the whole game, and they did a good job of throwing two (players) at you when they want to. They’re just really aggressive defensively, and that gave us troubles at times,” Myers said.
For the Eagles (4-7, 1-1 GCLC North), Dallas Jones led the team with a 14-point effort, Annie Weckesser and Eve Monaghan scored 10 each and Jordyn Varise finished with nine. CJ plays at Middletown Fenwick on Saturday.
Up next for Carroll are the defending Division II state champion Alter Knights, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Kettering. Assuming they won Wednesday night on the road against Fenwick, Alter will have won six of its last seven games. Their only losses thus far this season have been road games against Division I big schools Springboro (in overtime) and West Chester Lakota West.
“We just have to keep playing hard, while keeping that intensity up,” Grosselin said. “It should be a great game.”
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