Carrollton’s late run spells defeat for Big Red girls
STEUBENVILLE — What hurt the Steubenville girls basketball team in the first half Friday night came back to bite it when it mattered most.
Big Red took a four-point lead with 5:04 remaining against Carrollton. However, turnovers and missed rebounds drained Steubenville, while lifting the Warriors to a 38-32 victory.
Beginning midway in the third quarter with Big Red (5-7) trailing, 25-17, through that 5:04 mark, it dominated with a 14-2 scoring run. After that, Carrollton (4-5) sprinted on an 11-1 run to conclude the game.
“We have to pay attention to detail. We have to be more disciplined, be able to handle the pressure, limit turnovers and box out. There isn’t much else to say,” Steubenville head coach Angie Forte said.
Big Red committed 22 turnovers overall, five in the final stanza and at least three in the last few minutes. The Warriors, meanwhile, collected offensive boards, forced those miscues with heavy pressure and hit a few free throws in the process.
“The phrase on the back of our T-shirts says finish. We’ve had three games this season where we lost by four points or less. We just wanted to finish,” Carrollton head coach Chandra Myers said. “I told them after our timeout, ‘Are you going to let them continue on that run, or are we going to step up and decide to stop it?’
“We were able to regain our composure and finish the game. That’s all that matters.”
The Warriors’ pressure got to Steubenville early and often. Big Red jumped to a quick 5-0 advantage in the opening quarter, led 5-4 by the conclusion but fell apart in the second and trailed, 20-13, at halftime.
“(Carrollton) played a very good game. You can tell they had a game plan coming in, and they executed it,” Forte said. “They crashed the boards really hard. At the end, they came out on top.”
When Big Red grabbed that 31-27 lead with a little more than five minutes left, the Warriors struck with a floater, a layup from Hillari Baker and a Demi Leary put-back to take the lead once again with 3:35 remaining.
“When you come out from a timeout and have a specific plan, your kids need to execute it. They almost did the opposite, and that was frustrating,” Forte said. “We just have to pay attention to detail. I don’t know how else to say it.”
Makayla Abram finished with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) but below her average in the scoring column. Normally a force in the paint, Carrollton made it tough for Steubenville to pass her the ball.
“We weren’t necessarily keying on her. We knew coming in by reading the newspaper what she was capable of, but we didn’t focus on her alone,” Myers said. “Everyone had to do their individual part. Sometimes we messed up, but we made up for it and played as a team.
“I thought our help side was great (Friday), and we talked about that. We knew they would try and lob it over because we knew we would be out-sized. I was very proud of our help side because that’s how we were able to get some steals.”
Another factor for Steubenville’s post game was the absence of Lexi Martin, who sat out with a shoulder injury. Forte hopes she can practice Monday to be ready for the next game on Tuesday.
“That’s another post player and another scorer. We lost by six points. Lexi would’ve given us at least six points,” Forte said. “It definitely helps to have her on the floor. It’s a matter of the flow and feeling more comfortable with her on the floor.”
Kylie Maxwell nearly came close to a triple-double for Big Red (12 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks). Maggi Cucarese chipped in six points and five boards.
For the Warriors, Leary led with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench. Lucy Pridemore had four points and 11 rebounds. Baker and Grace Leslie evenly divided 16 points.
“We’ve been picking it up and putting pressure on teams. We really want to start doing that. We’re young, so we’re learning,” Myers said.
SPARK PLUG OFF THE BENCH
Late in the fourth quarter, Steubenville freshman Aniyah Warner made her varsity debut. Along with trying to bolt life into the team, Aubrey Thompson was in foul trouble.
“We just needed another ball handler on the floor,” Forte said. “She’s a nice little player, works hard in practice and is developing. She definitely is a little spark and has that personality where every kid loves her. She deserves it.”
Myers is a former player at Ohio University. At the same time, Forte was the assistant coach under Sylvia Crawley from 2006-08.
Carrollton won the jayvee contest, 38-28. Warner led Big Red with 17 points. Carrollton’s Sophia Glass had a dozen.
Carrollton: Tentatively hosts Fairless today (Saturday).
Steubenville: Tentatively travels to Indian Creek on Tuesday.
Carrollton 38, Steubenville 32
Carrollton 4 16 7 11 — 38
Steubenville 5 8 10 9 — 32
CARROLLTON (4-5): Laizure 1 2-2 4; Marmo 1 0-0 2; Baker 3 1-2 8; Pridemore 1 1-3 4; Leslie 3 2-2 8; Leary 4 4-6 12; Hutchison 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13, 10-15: 38.
STEUBENVILLE (5-7): Thompson 1 0-0 2; Cucarese 2 0-0 6; Fleming 0 0-0 0; Maxwell 4 4-10 12; Abram 4 4-6 12; Hill 0 0-0 0; Blackwell 0 0-0 0; Criss 0 0-0 0; Warner 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 11, 8-16: 32.
3-POINT GOALS: Carrollton 2 (Baker, Pridemore); Steubenville 2 (Cucarese 2). REBOUNDS: Carrollton 26 (Pridemore 11); Steubenville 35 (Maxwell 12, Abram 10). ASSISTS: Carrollton 7 (Laizure 3); Steubenville 5 (Maxwell 2). TURNOVERS: Carrollton 14; Steubenville 22.