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Lady Dragons look forward to healed-up roster

Carroll’s girls basketball program probably needed a week between games. Following a 54-40 loss to Duncanville on Nov. 25, the Lady Dragons went through a week of unsupervised open gym work.

But head coach Teri Morrison came away with a better feeling about her team than she did coming into to the game.

“We can play with them,” Morrison said. “The difference was the third quarter (Duncanville outscored Carroll, 18-7) where their post (Ciera Johnson) had 13 points. We did a good job of fighting back. But it was a tough battle. A physical battle. We’ll get a lot out of this moving forward.”

The other problem Carroll ran into was foul trouble. Junior Anna Hurlburt dealt with that and it kept her limited. That gave Duncanville a decided advantage. Johnson finished with 27 points.

Carroll (5-2) also entered into that game not at full strength. Senior post Madison Drescher has missed some time with a sprained ankle. Her return this week was unknown. As of late Sunday, it was not clear if she could play Tuesday against Arlington Bowie or would be held out until this weekend’s Pflugerville Tournament.

However, senior guard Kennedy Leonard still managed to score a team-high 20 points. She also had four assists and six rebounds.

Carroll’s other health issue is that it is without senior power forward Julianna Grubbs. Grubbs suffered a knee injury against Bowie in the championship game of the Colleyville Heritage tournament three weeks ago. The status of the 5-10 Grubbs isn’t known as of yet; however, Morrison said there was the hope that Grubbs could try to play through it by wearing a supportive brace. Time will tell how effective that will be.

“It would be great to have her back because she was doing some good things for us,” Morrison said. “She was averaging about seven rebounds per game and playing some great interior defense. We’ll just see where we’re at with all of this once this week begins.”

A change in style of play?

Well, not really. Carroll transitioned from the open floor game to more of a halfcourt post offense type of set up this year. However, the injuries to Grubbs and Drescher drove Morrison to come up with concepts to keep the flow of the game moving.

Carroll is playing with a true six-player rotation, so Morrison has to be careful how she uses her roster. Foul trouble will impact this team just like it did against Duncanville. Of course, that should change once Drescher returns. Grubbs’ situation and potential impact are really difficult to evaluate.

“We’re doing some more creative things with Kennedy,” Morrison said. “There’s some different actions for her that will free her up and give her some looks. But we can’t play as aggressively and press. It’s a grind. We know that. We’ll make do with what we have.”

Carroll in Central Texas

The Lady Dragons play the second of their three tournaments this weekend in Pflugerville. The tournament organizers didn’t do them any favors, because Carroll was in the same pool with state power Dallas Lincoln. The tournament starts Thursday and runs through Saturday.