Henry denies Carroll comeback, pins first loss on Panthers, 59-57
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:00 AM
Carroll County's season-opening four-game boys basketball win streak was halted by Henry County when the Wildcats pulled out a 59-57 decision Tuesday night in Carrollton.
GOING UP; GOING DOWN: Carroll County’s Trey Boles fires a jumper over Henry County’s Dakota Estes (4) during Tuesday’s game in Carrollton. Boles scored 14 points in a losing effort as Carroll fell 59-57 in the Panthers’ first setback of the season. (Staff photo by David Hill)
The visiting Wildcats took a slim lead late in the first quarter and the Panthers were unable to come all the way back although they stayed on Henry's heels the entire way.
"We had a lot of turnovers and we weren't near as sharp tonight," Carroll County head coach Carroll Yager said. "I don't think we were focused or ready to play coming off a big district win at Owen County. We weren't as mentally into it as we needed to be. You have to give Henry County credit. They came ready to play."
Henry County seemed to have an answer for just about every basket Carroll scored on the night. The game went back and forth for the first few minutes before the Wildcats forged ahead on a Derek Jeffries putback that put the Wildcats on top 11-9. Landon New and Dakota Estes then scored for Henry and the Wildcats closed the opening quarter on top 15-10.
Henry County's defense swarmed Carroll County's Dallas Gibson much of the night, limiting the high-scoring senior forward to just six points over the first three quarters before Gibson managed a dozen more over the final eight minutes.
While outside shooting had been a key factor in Carroll's season-opening win streak, the Panthers had trouble finding that range against Henry. Carroll missed several 3-pointers in the first half allowing the Wildcats to keep control of a relatively low-scoring contest.
Henry County built as much as a nine-point lead during the second quarter and led 27-20 at halftime.
"We weren't as sharp from long range tonight," Yager said. "A lot of shots rattled out."
Carroll continued to misfire as the third quarter began while the Wildcats forced Panther turnovers that they then converted into points until a jumper by New gave Henry County a 38-26 lead with under two minutes left in the period.
Carroll closed the quarter with a rally that pulled the Panthers to within seven (40-33) on a 3-pointer by Trey Boles and a steal that Brandon Stewart converted into a basket.
New, who equaled Gibson for top scoring honors with 18, hit a pivotal 3-pointer as the fourth quarter began and while Carroll shaved into the Henry County lead, the Wildcats denied the Panther comeback by making 12-of-16 free throws down the stretch.
"Several of those fouls our defense committed came at a time where we had them just about rattled into a turnover," Yager said. "Again, give them credit. They hit their free throws."
Carroll County lost both Stewart and Boles to fouls late in the contest but the Panthers kept charging back on free throws and baskets by Gibson as well as seven fourth-quarter points by Austin Crowell, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the final margin to two at 59-57.
In addition to Gibson, the Panthers got double-digit scoring by Boles with 14 and Crowell with 11.
Carroll County hosts Gallatin County in another district battle on Friday in Carrollton.
TUESDAY'S BOYS GAME
at Carrollton, Ky.
HENRY CO. 59, CARROLL CO. 57
HENRY CO. 15 12 13 19 - 59
CARROLL CO. 10 10 13 24 - 57
HENRY CO. (3-3, 1-1 NCKC, 1-2 District) - (g)New 18, West 8, (g)Howard 7, (c)Jeffries 7, (g)Estes 7, (f)Young 6, Wundrak 5, Cruse 1.
CARROLL CO. (4-1, 3-1 NCKC, 1-1 District) - (f)Gibson 18, (f)Boles 14, (g)Crowell 11, Wise 6, (g)Stewart 5, (c)Corbin 2, Damron 1, Adams 0.
3-Point Goals - Henry Co. (5) New 2, West 2, Estes 1. Carroll Co. (3) Boles 2, Crowell 1. Total Fouls - Henry Co. 19, Carroll Co. 21. Free Throws - Henry Co. 22-32, Carroll Co. 12-17. Fouled Out - Henry Co. Jeffries and Young, Carroll Co. Stewart and Boles. Next Game - Henry Co. hosts Owen Co. Friday. Carroll Co. hosts Gallatin Co. Friday.