IN TRAFFIC: Carroll County forward Lauren Moore navigates through a Henry County double-team during the Panthers’ 35-26 loss to the Wildcats Tuesday in New Castle, Ky. (Staff photo by David Hill)
IN TRAFFIC: Carroll County forward Lauren Moore navigates through a Henry County double-team during the Panthers’ 35-26 loss to the Wildcats Tuesday in New Castle, Ky. (Staff photo by David Hill)
NEW CASTLE, Ky. - Carroll County was outscored 24-11 in the middle two quarters and a late rally fell short in a 35-26 girls basketball loss to Henry County Tuesday on the road.

"We didn't come ready to play. I could tell because we didn't warm up well tonight," said Carroll County coach Paul Stone.

Henry County grabbed the early lead before Carroll pulled even 6-6 at the end of the first quarter on baskets by Miranda Groseclose and Tatum McIntyre.

The Wildcats, led by Kim Barmore and Shelby Mullins with four points each, began pulling away midway through the second quarter despite some gutsy play on the inside by the Panthers' Makena Kindoll, whose basket near the end of the half cut Henry's lead to seven at 20-13.

While Carroll County's defense seemed to pick up its pace somewhat during the third quarter, an invisible lid seemed to cover the basket. On numerous occasions, the Panthers made solid stop on defense only to miss shots and fail to capitalize on the offensive end.

Henry County's balanced scoring attack continued to build the lead while all the Panthers could muster was a Groseclose basket early and a pair of Lauren Moore free throws late so when Hailey Bramblett hit a buzzer-beater the Wildcats took a 30-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

Carroll staged a light rally during the fourth quarter as its defense held the Wildcats to just two points over the first seven minutes. A basket by Chasity Burgin with 1:50 left pulled the Panthers to within seven points at 32-25, but that was as close as Carroll would get.

"We gave them a lot of good looks at the basket and we didn't execute our offense well at all," Stone said. "Our shooting was off most of the night because we didn't take that extra dribble and get set. We rushed our shots in the first half especially."

The Panthers were led by Groseclose's 11 points. Lauren Moore finished with six and Kindoll had five.

Henry County was led in scoring by Megan Payton's seven points. Barmore, Bramblett and Colleen Coomes added six points each.

Carroll County returns to action on Friday at Gallatin County as part of a boys-girls doubleheader that will see the boys tipoff at 6 p.m.

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TUESDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at New Castle, Ky.

HENRY CO. 35, CARROLL CO. 26



CARROLL CO. 6 7 4 9 - 26

HENRY CO. 6 14 10 5 - 35



CARROLL CO. (2-3) - (f)Groseclose 11, (f)Moore 6, (g)Kindoll 5, McIntyre 2, Burgin 2, (g)Williamson 0, (g)Amick 0, Richmond 0, Bennett 0.

HENRY CO. (5-1) - (f)Payton 7, (f)Bramblett 6, (c)Coomes 6, Barmore 6, (g)Pennington 4, Mullins 4, Hughes 2, (g)Craigmyle 0, Foree 0, Tuggle 0.



3-Point Goals - None. Total Fouls - Carroll Co. 15, Henry Co. 16. Free Throws - Carroll Co. 6-13, Henry Co. 5-13. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Carroll Co. visits Gallatin Co. Friday. Henry Co. visits Owen Co. Saturday.