The Carroll girls basketball team reached the first of several milestones for the 2013-2014 season when it eclipsed the 20-win mark.
The Lady Dragons (20-4, 7-0 in District 4-5A) had little difficulty in last week’s final two games of the first half of district play, a pair of 30-point wins. Carroll easily handled Keller Fossil Ridge, 70-38, and shut down Haltom, 52-22.
Head coach Teri Morrison has preached the importance of low post presence in her offense. She’s even toyed with the idea of going with a double post look between sophomore Anna Hulbert and junior Madison Drescher.
If anything, the two games served as a means to work on the low post game. Hulbert produced consecutive double figure scoring efforts as she had 17 points against Fossil Ridge and 10 against Haltom. That’s the first time since the La Porte tournament in early December that Hulbert has strung together consecutive double figure scoring efforts. In the Fossil Ridge game, she just missed matching her career high. Hulbert had 18 against Plano East on Nov. 12.
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And maybe this scoring spree will get her going again as she had only one double figure scoring game in a stretch of nine. Hulbert is the team’s third-leading scorer at 8.9 points per game. Still, she has been giving Morrison pretty solid play in the block.
Drescher, though, is still searching for that offensive scoring consistency. She’s only surpassed double figures one in her first 17 games. However, Morrison has expressed in previous interviews that if she can get Drescher to add about eight points and six rebounds per game, that will go a long way for this team.
From a rebounding perspective, Drescher has been providing that. She’s collected at least four in 12 games. It will only be a matter of time before Carroll clinches a playoff berth. And this team will need to be more physical in the front court against other Region I teams like Arlington Bowie, Duncanville and Mansfield Timberview if it wants to advance to the Region I semifinals.
Second half begins
Carroll went through the first half of District 4-5A play without a game being decided by less than 11 points. The Lady Dragons won their seven games by an average of 26.7 points per and had four decided by 30 points or more. Their victory over Keller (45-34) was the only reason why the average was held “down” by the margin that it was. Keller was firmly in second place at 6-1.
Defensively, Carroll has been pretty stingy. Opponents are averaging only 32.6 points per game. The high was Richland’s 44 back on Dec. 17.
The second half began Tuesday at Keller Central, while Friday is a home game against Keller Timber Creek.
Carroll has been picking it up on the offensive end as far as 2-point field goals are concerned. The Lady Dragons are shooting 41 percent. They are also shooting a steady 33 percent from 3-point range. That number has been sitting around there for the last several weeks. The team is also shooting 69 percent on free throws. The assists-to-turnovers number still remains about 1-to-1. Carroll has 388 assists but 376 miscues.