FIRST WIN: Carroll County’s Kristin Amick (above, left) puts pressure on Henry County’s Kimberly Barmore during Tuesday’s game at Carrollton. Freshman guard Miranda Groseclose (below) led Carroll County in scoring with 15 points, including three 3-pointers as the Panthers won their first game of the season 44-35. (Staff photos by David Hill)
FIRST WIN: Carroll County’s Kristin Amick (above, left) puts pressure on Henry County’s Kimberly Barmore during Tuesday’s game at Carrollton. Freshman guard Miranda Groseclose (below) led Carroll County in scoring with 15 points, including three 3-pointers as the Panthers won their first game of the season 44-35. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Carroll County grabbed a lead toward the end of the first quarter and made it hold up for the Lady Panthers' first basketball win of the season 44-35 over Henry County Tuesday in Carrollton.

"It feels really good to pick up our first win," first-year Carroll County coach Paul Stone said. "I'm pleased for the girls and how they've worked so far and it paid off tonight with a great team effort.

"I was pleased with every aspect tonight. We only had five turnovers at halftime and that shows we were doing a good job taking care of the ball."

After the lead see-sawed a few times in the beginning, the Panthers grabbed the lead for good on a pair of baskets by guard Kayla Williamson and a free throw by forward Lauren Moore.

Carroll County led 10-6 going into the second period and the Panthers quickly opened up space on Henry County with a pair of 3-pointers by freshman reserve guard Miranda Groseclose, who led Carroll in scoring with 15 points on the night.

"When I put Miranda in, I knew Henry County was going to sag on defense, leaving her open," Stone said. "(Groseclose) has a nice shot from behind the key and she buried some important shots."

The baskets gave the Panthers a 16-6 advantage. There wasn't much other scoring in the second quarter and Carroll took a 17-8 lead into halftime.

Henry County (2-5 overall, 0-2 North Central Kentucky, 1-2 31st District) fought its way back at the beginning of the third quarter. Two baskets by Kimberly Barmore coupled with good defense and a pair of baskets by Cheyenne Clark cut Carroll's lead to four. Henry then pulled to within two (21-19) on a basket by Ashton Pennington.

But the final seconds of the third quarter belonged to the Panthers. Groseclose buried another 3-pointer and Moore converted a three-point play to give Carroll a 29-19 lead heading into the final period. Quick baskets by Carroll's Makena Kindoll and Groseclose to start the fourth quarter put the Panthers on top 33-19.

Henry took advantage off missed free throws by the Panthers to pull within seven midway through the fourth quarter before Carroll righted the ship and finally put the game away at the line down the stretch The Panthers were just 7-of-30 at the foul line for the game but in the end those seven were enough.

"I thought everybody had a great game," Stone said. "We played together as a group. Now, we need to get better at defense so we can press more.

"We need to grow more into pressing," Stone added. "When we get comfortable, we'll be pressing every game. Tonight was a step in the right direction."

Stone said the win should also help his team's mental frame of mind.

"It helps mentally to get a win and will help our confidence going into the Gallatin County game this Saturday - it gets the monkey off our back," Stone said. "We've been getting better every time we've come out and that was one of our goals at the beginning of the season."

Carroll County, now 1-5 overall, 1-2 in the NCKC and 1-1 in 31st District play, returns to action Saturday when it hosts district rival Gallatin County.

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TUESDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Carrollton, Ky.

CARROLL CO. 44, HENRY CO. 35



HENRY CO. 6 2 11 16 - 35

CARROLL CO. 10 7 12 15 - 44



HENRY CO. (2-5, 1-2 District) - (g)Clark 15, (c)Coomes 5, (f)Bramblett 4, (f)Barmore 4, Hughes 3, (g)Sy. Abrams 2, Pennington 2, Sh. Abrams 0, Crawford 0, Janison 0, Craigmyle 0, Vegh 0.



CARROLL CO. (1-5, 1-1 District) - Groseclose 15, (f)Moore 13, (g)Amick 8, (g)Williamson 4, (g)Kindoll 2, (f)McIntyre 2, Arvin 0.



3-Point Goals - Henry Co. 0, Carroll Co. 3 (Groseclose 3). Total Fouls - Henry Co. 22, Carroll Co. 16. Free Throws - Henry Co. 7-15, Carroll Co. 7-30. Fouled Out - Henry Co.: Bramblett, Barmore. Carroll Co.: Williamson. Next Game - Henry Co. hosts Owen Co. Friday, Carroll Co. hosts Gallatin Co. Saturday.­