Grapevine Courier

December 23, 2013

Lady Dragons playing at a higher level

Carroll Girls Basketball The team won its first four district games by an average of 28 points and continues to evolve.

It’s pretty clear that Carroll’s girls basketball team is just playing at a different level from the rest of District 4-5A.

All you have to do is look at what happened in the first two weeks of play to understand that the gap is wide and could grow wider. The Lady Dragons (14-3, 4-0) have won those four games over Keller Central, Keller Timber Creek, Richland and Justin Northwest by an average of 28 points.

The 67-44 victory over Richland had its moments of color. Richland led 13-11 after the first quarter. Carroll led only 23-20 after the first half. Then the Lady Dragons took control of the game in the third quarter by outscoring the Lady Rebels 30-15.

Basketball games can be odd, because the output in one quarter can equal the total amount of scoring in the other three. Kennedy Leonard, Gretchen Morrison and Rebecca Gordon combined for 42 points.

In Carroll’s 58-23 victory over Northwest, the Lady Dragons were never pushed, stayed in control from the outset and ran out to a 32-13 lead at the half. This was a night where head coach Teri Morrison could rest her starters. Gretchen Morrison led all scorers with 17 points.

Currently, Carroll is on its UIL mandatory five-day break. If there is going to be a district test that should come Jan. 3 at home when the Lady Dragons take on Keller. The Lady Indians are also 4-0.

Going home

Teri Morrison enjoyed two very successful years at Waco Midway in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. She went 70-7 and was a district coach of the year.

But she wanted to take her talents to Carroll and moved up I-35 to Southlake. Now, in her fifth season, she has a chance to come back and see some familiar faces. Carroll is playing in Waco Midway’s MT Rice Tournament Thursday-Saturday. The 12-tournament is made up of four different pools. Carroll shares its pool with San Antonio Schertz and Canyon Randall. The only way Carroll and Midway could meet is how the pool play falls and if the two teams would meet along the way.

You may remember in early December of 2012, Carroll participated in a tournament in Hawaii and went 3-1. Earlier this year, Carroll played in the Colleyville Heritage and LaPorte tournaments.

Statistical showing

One thing you don’t ever have to worry about with Carroll is if it’s taking enough three-point shots. So far, the Lady Dragons have attempted 287, or nearly 17 per game. But they’re holding steady in the makes category as they are converting at nearly 33 percent.

Morrison’s goal to get this team to have more of a double post look between Anna Hulbert and Madison Drescher is evolving. She wants the two to average 16 points and 16 rebounds per game. Currently, Hulbert is averaging nearly nine points and more than five rebounds per game. Drescher is at four points and four rebounds. So at 13 points and nine rebounds that is not where Morrison needs it to be. But the trend has been ticking up.

Meanwhile, Leonard is having a very solid season, averaging 14.5 points and 7.9 assists. Her assists-to-turnover ratio is better than 2-to-1 as she is averaging 3.4 miscues per contest.

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