2018-03-07 / Sports

Seeger pushes Carroll out of sectional play

By Greg Hoffman
Contributing sportswriter


Carroll’s Trenton Brumett shoots over Seeger’s tough defense in the first round Sectional game last week. Seeger knocked Carroll out of the tourney. Bill Stauffer photo Carroll’s Trenton Brumett shoots over Seeger’s tough defense in the first round Sectional game last week. Seeger knocked Carroll out of the tourney. Bill Stauffer photo Carroll (5-17) was blown out by Seeger (15-7) 67-40 in its first round game of the Fountain Central Class 2A Sectional last week.

The Cougars played the more physical Patriots tough for two and a half quarters before Seeger took over in the final period. Carroll led early and after three ties the Cougars went up 10-6. The Patriots came right back and took the lead for good on a trey, 11-10, and scored the final 11 points in the quarter to lead 17-10 after one. Seeger then pushed its lead to 12 points by halftime, 34-22.

Carroll was not done yet. The Cougars scored the first 9 points of the third quarter to pull to within 3 points at 34-31. They were down 36-33 with under 3 minutes left in the period when Seeger took over the game with a 20-3 run, going up 56-36 in the fourth. The Patriots outscored the Cougars 26-7 in the final quarter.

The Patriots had 40 points in the paint and outscored the Cougars 48-20 inside the three-point line. Carroll shot a poor 15 of 49, .306 percent from the field while Seeger shot 24 of 39, .615 percent on two-point attempts and 28 of 50, .560 percent overall.

Aaron Atkisson led Carroll with a career high 18 points, 16 coming in the first half. Jalen Ovalle had 9 points, all in the second half. The lone senior on the team, Trenton Brumett, finished his career with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a blocked shot.

Carroll has been inconsistent on the offensive end most of the year. The 7 points in the final quarter Wednesday night marked the 46th time in 22 games this season that the Cougars scored less than 10 points in a quarter.

Carroll tied or set several team records this season on the offensive end. They tied for fewest points scored in a game (20), set the record for fewest field goals made for a game (7), fewest points scored in a season (872), worst offensive average in a season (39.6), and the worst free throw percentage (.559) in a season.

Carroll returns all players but Brumett next season. Interim coach Adam Harness told the team that if they want to get better they have to get in the weight room and play this summer in pick-up games like AAU and open gym at the school.

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