Carroll girls basketball coach Teri Morrison understood this was going to be a season with some good moments and some frustrations.
At times, the Lady Dragons can score at will in Morrison’s transition game. At times, they have struggled. Following its win over Grapevine on Nov. 24, Carroll took a 5-3 record into Tuesday night’s game against Arlington Bowie.
The win over Grapevine snapped a two-game losing streak that stemmed from the Allen tournament. Carroll went 2-2 in the Allen tournament. There were wins over Lewisville and Sachse. The losses were to Plano and San Antonio Wagner.
Carroll continues its week Thursday-Saturday at the Canyon tournament.
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Where this team stands
The Lady Dragons are still adjusting to life without Kennedy Leonard playing point guard. Sophomore Brooke Lay and freshman Kayla Colan have combined to average about 3.4 assists per game. However, they have struggled taking care of the basketball, committing a combined a 4.9 turnovers per game. But the duo has been aggressive defensively, combining for 3.6 steals per game.
The standard for any point guard is to have close to or a 2-to-1 assists to turnovers ratio. For the season, Carroll is averaging 9.7 assists to 13.3 turnovers. That’s a number that has to eventually flip if the Lady Dragons are going to make a run at an eighth consecutive district championship. Given their youth some, of the so-so numbers are understandable as they continue to adjust to playing at a high level against a very rigorous schedule.
Lay, who was Leonard’s understudy in 2014-2015, has been very effective offensively. She’s averaging 10.4 points per game. In fact, she’s been the primary outside threat from three-point range.
Through the first three weeks of the season, Carroll had 24 three-point field goals. Lay has 17 of them and is shooting at 61 percent. As a team, the Lady Dragons are shooting a very respectable 36 percent from behind the arc.
However, if you take Lay’s numbers out of the equation, Carroll is shooting only 18 percent from that line. That’s a part of the offense where this team is going to have to find more than one consistent shooter.
While junior guard/forward Priscilla Smeenge is averaging 12.7 points per game, she’s only connected on 3-of-17 from three-point range. For the season, Carroll is shooting 39 percent as a team.
Of course, the numbers aren’t pretty. But this is a case where the hope is that this team will be playing at a higher level when District 7-6A play is in full swing.
Senior post Anna Hurlburt continues to put together a very impressive season. At this point, she’s averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Those are both career highs with the opportunity for those numbers to climb before the season finishes.
Hurlburt has also been the most efficient passer for this team. She leads Carroll with 3.0 assists per game. She also has been pretty effective protecting the rim, averaging 1.7 blocks.