GOOD JOB: Carroll County’s Kayla Williamson (center) celebrates with teammates Lauren Moore (1) and Miranda Groseclose after Tuesday’s win over Western Hills. (Staff photo by David Hill)
GOOD JOB: Carroll County’s Kayla Williamson (center) celebrates with teammates Lauren Moore (1) and Miranda Groseclose after Tuesday’s win over Western Hills. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Carroll County's Lady Panthers pulled out a close 38-32 win over Western Hills in their basketball season opener Tuesday night in Carrollton.

After a nip-and-tuck game for three quarters that left the Wolverines up 25-24, Carroll County turned it up both offensively and defensively down the stretch to grab the win.

"The big difference in the game was our half-court man-to-man defense," Carroll County head coach Paul Stone said. "We held them to 32 points and when you can do that, you're going to win some games.

"I thought we did an outstanding job defensively on their best player (sophomore forward Taylor Slade)," Stone continued. "Miranda (Groseclose) and Lauren (Moore) did an outstanding job guarding her."

Slade was limited to just six points - both 3-pointers - as the Panthers kept her in check all night.

Carroll County was led by Moore's game-high 21 points. After scoring just four first half points, the 6-foot junior exploded for 17 points in the second half, including nine in the deciding fourth period.

Both teams had a slow night getting started. Moore and Makena Kindoll had four points each in the first period as Carroll and Western Kills played to a 10-10 tandoff in the period. Western Hills then outscored the Panthers 5-4 over the next eight minutes as each team missed numerous shots at the basket before heading into halftime with the Panthers trailing the Wolverines 15-14.

Stone was impressed by the play of his subs in the first half after some of his starters encountered early foul trouble.

"We got some good play off the bench from Tatum McIntyre, Haley Dermon and Jenna Richmond," the coach noted.

During the fourth quarter, Western Hills made it interesting with a 3-pointer by LaKenzie Ritchie, but a three-point play by Moore erased that and clutch free throws by Kindoll and Groseclose helped the Panthers to close out the win.

"I'm very pleased to get this first win under our belts," Stone said. "I can honestly say we're a much-improved team from a year ago when they beat us handily."

Carroll County visits Trimble County on Thursday.

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TUESDAYS'S GIRLS GAME

at Carrollton, Ky.



WESTERN HILLS 10 5 10 7 - 32

CARROLL CO. 10 4 10 14 - 38



WESTERN HILLS (0-1) - (g)Ritchie 10, (f)Slade 6, (f)Roberts 6, (c)B. Harrod 4, J. Harrod 3, Vance 3, (f)Leachman 0, True 0, Sutton 0, Hortenbury 0.



CARROLL CO. (1-0) - (c)Moore 21, (g)Groseclose 8, (g)Kindoll 5, (g)Burgin 4, (f)Amick 0, Richmond 0, Dermon 0, Roberts 0, McIntyre 0.



3-pointers - Western Hills: 5 (Slade 2, Roberts 2, Ritchie 1); Carroll Co.: None. Total Fouls - Western Hills 17, Carroll Co. 14. Fouled Out - None. Free Throws - Western Hills 7-11, Carroll Co. 8-17. Next Game - Western Hills visits Henry Co. Thursday, Carroll Co. visits Trimble Co. Thursday.