TREY TO THE RESCUE: Carroll County senior Trey Boles (above) glides to the basket through the defense of Evangel’s Micah Sellinger (14), Noah Miller (40), Matt Gabbard (15) and Aloram Brinley (5) during Monday’s game. Boles scored a career-high 33 points and had 11 rebounds to help offset the loss of three injured starters. Those starters, Austin Crowell, Dallas Gibson and Brandon Stewart (below, from left) could only offer support on the sidelines. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
TREY TO THE RESCUE: Carroll County senior Trey Boles (above) glides to the basket through the defense of Evangel’s Micah Sellinger (14), Noah Miller (40), Matt Gabbard (15) and Aloram Brinley (5) during Monday’s game. Boles scored a career-high 33 points and had 11 rebounds to help offset the loss of three injured starters. Those starters, Austin Crowell, Dallas Gibson and Brandon Stewart (below, from left) could only offer support on the sidelines. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
With three starters out with injuries, Carroll County needed somebody to step up and carry the scoring load.

Senior Trey Boles answered the call and then some, pouring in a career-high 33 points and adding 11 rebounds as the Panthers knocked off Evangel Christian 53-37 Monday night at home.

With leading scorer and rebounder Dallas Gibson out with a season-ending knee injury and fellow starters Brandon Stewart and Austin Crowell also sidelined, Boles' big game was exactly what the Panthers needed.

"Trey had a great game," Carroll County coach Carroll Yager said. "We talked about some people stepping up and doing more. Everybody was kind of falling into their roles but with losing three starters, roles have drastically shifted. And we talked to Trey about him having to score more and get more touches and I think he responded. I think the whole team responded."

All three starters were lost in a span of 12 days and all three may be gone for the season. Stewart, the starting point guard, was the first to go down when he broke his arm Christmas week. Stewart is expected to miss two to six more weeks.

Gibson then tore his ACL in a win over Henry County last week and Crowell tore his ACL last Friday in a loss to Gallatin County. Both are out for the rest of the season.

But the extent of Crowell's injury wasn't known until Monday afternoon, forcing Yager and the Panthers to scramble once again.

"We're essentially starting over. We have three brand-new starters," Yager said. "In all my years of coaching I have never seen anything like this. To lose three starters in the span of five games is just unreal."

Despite the sucker-punch of losing so many key players the Panthers responded well against Evangel.

Boles scored the team's first two points of the game and kept scoring, getting 11 points in the first quarter as the Panthers built a 15-3 lead after one.

Boles nearly matched his previous career-high with 19 points in the first half as Carroll (9-6) pushed the lead to 32-16 at the break.

"I was really proud of the way the guys responded," Yager said. "They responded like champions."

Evangel (2-8) opened the third quarter with a box-and-one chaser on Boles and the defense was effective. The Panthers managed only two points - on a Boles' drive to the basket when he broke behind the defense - and Evangel began slicing into the lead.

The Eagles scored the first eight points of the third quarter and outscored Carroll 10-2 to pull within six (34-28) heading into the fourth quarter. Boles picked up three free throws to open the fourth but Evangel's Noah Miller cut the margin back to seven with a transition layup.

Evangel stayed in its box but with a seven-point lead, Carroll could afford to be patient. The Panthers went into a delay and forced the Eagles to come out and play them man-to-man. The Panthers then used quick flashes to the basket for easy layups.

"We knew we would probably start seeing some box-and-ones and we have been preparing for it," Yager said. "The guys did a good job of attacking it."

Boles and Jacob Wise each had baskets to push Carroll's lead to 41-30 with three minutes to play and Evangel spent the rest of the game sending the Panthers to the free throw line.

Carroll responded by going 10-of-15 from line over the final three minutes to blow open the game. The Panthers' only points from the floor over that span were on a three-point play by Boles.

Boles was 12-of-22 from the floor and a perfect 9-for-9 from the line for his 33-point total. He also had three steals to go with 11 rebounds.

Dakota Corbin added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds and three assists. Eight of Corbin's boards came on the offensive end.

Overall, Carroll shot just 30 percent (16-for-53) from the floor, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range. The Panthers made up for that by gaining a massive advantage at the foul line, going 20-of-34 (59 percent) compared to just 3-of-7 for Evangel.

No Evangel player reached double figures in scoring. Micah Sellinger led the way with eight points and six rebounds. The Eagles were 16-for-47 (34 percent) from the floor.

Carroll County hosts Anderson County on Thursday.

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MONDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Carrollton, Ky.

CARROLL CO. 53, EVANGEL 37



EVANGEL 3 13 12 9 - 37

CARROLL CO. 15 17 2 19 - 53



EVANGEL (2-8) - (f)Sellinger 8, Smith 7, (g)Galvin 7 (c)Miller 6, (f)Gabbard 5, (g)Brinley 4, Bishop 0, Bain 0, Fulks 0.

CARROLL CO. (9-6) - (f)Boles 33, (c)Corbin 8, (f)Booth 5, (g)Wise 4, Adams 1, Hogan 1, McCarty 1, (g)Damron 0, Osborne 0.



3-Point Goals - Evangel 2 (Smith 1, Gabbard 1), Carroll Co. 1 (Booth 1). Rebounds - Evangel 26 (Brinley 9), Carroll Co. 42 (Corbin 13, Boles 11). Assists - Evangel 5 (Gabbard 2), Carroll Co. 6 (Corbin 3). Turnovers - Evangel 19, Carroll Co. 13. Total Fouls - Evangel 21, Carroll Co. 14. Free Throws - Evangel 3-7, Carroll Co. 20-34. Fouled Out - Evangel: Brinley. Next Game - Evangel plays in the All "A" Classic 6th Region Tournament at Portland Christian Monday. Carroll Co. hosts Anderson Co. Thursday.