2018-11-07 / Sports

Lady Cougars start season off with losses

By Clay Maxfield
Contributing sportswriter


The 2018-19 season begins In the season opener at West Lafayette, Carroll’s Kelsey Hammond, left, wins the opening tip. She fights for and wins a rebound in the middle top photo. Carroll’s only senior #11 Lexi Unger fights for a loose ball in the middle bottom photo. Megan Wagner, right, drives through the Red Devil defense. Despite their efforts, the Cougars lost to the Red Devils. Taylor Lawson and Bill Stauffer photos The 2018-19 season begins In the season opener at West Lafayette, Carroll’s Kelsey Hammond, left, wins the opening tip. She fights for and wins a rebound in the middle top photo. Carroll’s only senior #11 Lexi Unger fights for a loose ball in the middle bottom photo. Megan Wagner, right, drives through the Red Devil defense. Despite their efforts, the Cougars lost to the Red Devils. Taylor Lawson and Bill Stauffer photos The Carroll girls’ basketball team began their 2018-2019 season on Thursday at West Lafayette, losing to the Red Devils 42-24. The Cougars were at home Saturday against the Logansport Berries in a non-conference matchup. They were halted from their first taste of victory after Logansport put up 27 points in the second quarter on their way to a 62-28 win over Carroll.

In the Cougar/Red Devil matchup, Carroll kept the game close in the first half, trailing by only 5 at the end of the second quarter. Carroll’s offensive flow kept them afloat in the first half but quickly faded in the third quarter when they mustered just 3 points.

Shooting just 20 percent from threepoint range and converting on 5 of 11 free throws did not aid the Cougars’ attempt at the win. It was deficiency on the glass and in ball security that doomed the Lady Cougars when they were outrebounded by 5 and turned the ball over 22 times in the contest.

Kelsey Hammon led all scorers with 8. Morgan Viney, Megan Wagner, and Lexi Unger chipped in with 7 each.

A lot of the same offensive woes faced Carroll on Saturday when the ladies were defeated by the Berries, who held just 4 players to the scoring column. Carroll was forced into 25 turnovers in the loss while Logansport had the upper hand offensively, shooting 37 percent from the field and going 8 for 11 from the charity stripe.

Carroll has a relatively young Cougar roster, dressing just one senior in Unger. They looked to right the ship Tuesday at home against McCutcheon followed by a road game at Clinton Central on Nov. 12. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.


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