COMING AROUND

Carroll’s Sarah Brown (12) drives past Caston’s Kaylyn Herrold in the second half of Thursday’s game at Caston. The visiting Lady Cougars defeated the host Lady Comets 39-34. (Pharos-Tribune photo by Angi Turnpaugh).

From Staff Reports

Krystal Brazel scored 13 points and Brooke Yoder added 11 to lead the Carroll girls basketball team to victory over host Caston on Thursday.

The non-conference victory, which was their fourth in five games, improved the Lady Cougars’ record to 5-4 on the year while the Lady Comets fell to 1-11.

Brazel hit four field goals, including two from behind the three-point arc, and was 3-of-5 to lead all scorers on the night. Yoder made her tally on four field goals, including three triples.

Kaylyn Herrold and Courtney Thomas each had nine points to lead Caston while Shelby Loeffler added seven.

Carroll jumped ahead to a 12-6 lead after the first quarter, but was never really able to shake Caston. Still, the Cougars led at all the breaks — 25-19 at halftime and 34-27 after three quarters.

Carroll held an eight-point lead with late in the game, but Jessica Kantzer hit a last-second three to cut it to 39-34 at the final buzzer.

Carroll also won the JV game, 23-12. The Cougars were led by Molly Craig, who scored seven points, while Maddie Gearhart scored five points to lead the Comets.

Carroll will be back in action at the Mishawaka Classic on Dec. 30 while Caston’s next game will be on Jan. 4 at Oak Hill.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Western 70, Carroll 52

Adam Tussinger scored 20 points on the evening, but it wasn’t enough for the Cougars.

The turning point came in the second period, when Western outscored Carroll 15-6 to turn a tight 19-15 game into a 34-21 margin at intermission.

Carroll coach Jeff Hodson knew that protecting the ball was key coming into the game. But the Cougars (2-4) were unable to handle the pressure consistently, especially in the second and third quarters.

“One thing we were worried about coming in here was the pressure Western puts on,” he said. “To go along with inexperience out front, you tend to have a concern there every time you go out on the floor. And it proved to be a big factor (Thursday). We couldn’t get in our offense in the first half. When we were able to get it inside with Tussinger and Jacob (Craig), we had quite a bit of success.”

Indeed, the Western win offset an outstanding performance by Tussinger, who also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, and kept Western post men Marc Slick and Adam Dillman in foul trouble for much of the game. Craig added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

“(Tussinger’s) one of our big factors,” added Hodson. “If he goes and we can get (Riley) Eller off and Jacob Craig, we can be pretty good. But the pressure gives us a lot of problems.”

Carroll committed 12 turnovers in the first half to help Western (5-2) takes its lead. From there, they easily held off the Cougars.

Western also won the JV contest 51-37. Carroll was led by Adam Spesard’s 11 points while Aaron Beaver added eight.

Carroll will face host Clinton Central in the Holiday Tourney next Wednesday.

Triton 43, Caston 36 (8th)

Caleb Brown scored 10 points to lead the Comets.

Also for Caston, which falls to 2-10 with the loss, Wil Holloway scored eight points, Alex Herd had seven and Eric Goller had five.

Sports editor Carla Knapp and correspondent Mike Blatt compiled this roundup.

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