TAKING CONTROL: Carroll County’s Makena Kindoll appears to have control of the ball over North Oldham defenders Erin Olsson (left) and Katie Tucker during fourth quarter action of Tuesday’s game in Carrollton. The Panthers won, 54-40. (Staff photo by David Hill)
TAKING CONTROL: Carroll County’s Makena Kindoll appears to have control of the ball over North Oldham defenders Erin Olsson (left) and Katie Tucker during fourth quarter action of Tuesday’s game in Carrollton. The Panthers won, 54-40. (Staff photo by David Hill)
It took a strong fourth quarter showing by Carroll County to pull out a 54-40 victory over North Oldham in girls' basketball play in Carrollton Tuesday.

After Carroll County grabbed an early lead and went up 18-12 after one quarter and 26-22 at halftime, the visiting Mustangs took advantage of missed shots by the Panthers late in the third period. A basket by North Oldham's Rachel Williams trimmed the difference to just three points (37-34) with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Tatum McIntyre scored her only points of the night on a basket at the buzzer to give the Panthers some breathing room.

Carroll County's defense took over during the fourth quarter as it pressured the Mustangs into numerous turnovers. On the other end to convert the takeaways into baskets was Panther forward Miranda Groseclose, who scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the final period.

The Panthers had good balance early in the contest, as starters Lauren Moore, Kayla Williamson and Groseclose each had five points in the opening quarter.

"Our offense was clicking early tonight," Carroll County coach Paul Stone said. "We got some good shots off and we were making them. I also thought we had some of our best ball movement of the season tonight."

Going into the contest, Stone's strategy was to shut down forward Taylor Moore, who had been an offensive threat coming into the game. Turns out, she shut herself down, being assessed her third foul in the first quarter and eventually fouling out with just two points.

"(Moore) sat out the second quarter and we didn't know how to handle her replacement (Erin Didier) who came in and scored seven points," Stone said.

While the Mustangs put together a 10-point second quarter, Carroll County was having trouble with its free throws, making just two of eight and allowing North Oldham to pull to within four (26-22) at intermission.

A key to Carroll County's win was its start to the second half, where it outscored North Oldham 11-2 during the first 3:29 of the third quarter. Makena Kindoll had a basket and three big free throws and Groseclose also had a big basket.

But a zone defense by the Panthers late in the third quarter allowed the Mustangs to slip right back into the thick of things. Baskets by North's Maggie Mollak, Sydney Phillips and Cat Fiorito trimmed the Panthers' lead to 37-34 before McIntyre's buzzer-beater.

"I'll take the blame for our defense in the third quarter," Stone said. "We decided to go with a zone and ended up standing around."

The Panthers came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth quarter. Their man-to-man defense was forcing turnovers which were turned into points as Carroll ran away with the contest, 54-40.

Groseclose's 22 points was tops for both teams. Also scoring in double-digits for the Panthers were Lauren Moore, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Makena Kindoll, who had 10 points and six assists.

"I'm proud of the girls' play," Stone said. "We've won four out of five and we're playing well for this point of the season."

Carroll County remains home for its next game, a 6 p.m. start against Williamstown Friday during homecoming.

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Tuesday's Girls' Game

at Carrollton, Ky.

CARROLL CO. 54, NORTH OLDHAM 40



NORTH OLDHAM 12 10 12 6 - 40

CARROLL CO. 18 8 13 15 - 54



NORTH OLDHAM (6-16) - Mollak 10, E. Didier 9, (g)Fiorito 8, (g)Williams 5, (f)Olsson 2, (g)Phillips 2, (f)Moore 2, P. Didier 0, Tucker 0.

CARROLL CO. (7-16) - (f)Groseclose 22, (f)Moore 13, (g)Kindoll 10, (g)Williamson 7, McIntyre 2, (g)Amick 0, Arvin 0, Burgin 0.



3-Point Goals - North Oldham 3 (Mollak 2, E. Didier 1), Carroll Co. 2 (Williamson 1, Kindoll 1). Total Fouls - North Oldham 17, Carroll Co. 10. Free Throws - North Oldham 1-2, Carroll Co. 10-18. Fouled Out - North Oldham: Olsson, Moore. Next Game - North Oldham hosts Shelby Co. Thursday. Carroll Co. hosts Williamstown Friday.