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It’s getting crowded at top of NBC; Lady Warriors part of the crowd

FPS staff report

The run for the Northeastern Buckeye Conference championship is in full swing.

In NBC action last week, Carrollton’s Lady Warrior cagers defeated West Branch in a mild upset, however the big upset of the week was West Branch’s 56-42 win over league leader Louisville last Saturday afternoon, clogging up the standings at the top of the conference.

The Leopards are still in the top spot, but West Branch and Carrollton are close behind with only two losses each.

Last Monday night in a makeup game, the Warriors defeated visiting West Branch 63-58 in an NBC game postponed from earlier in the season due to weather.

It took a fourth quarter comeback by the Warriors to get the win. Carrollton trailed 45-40 going into the final period, but outscored West Branch 23-13 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

Senior Taylor Lowdermilk led the Warriors with 23 points, while freshman Ali Poole added 13 points and sophomore Rachel Devine added 12.

Carrollton hit 17-of-59 shots from the floor and 22-of-29 free throws. Carrollton pulled down 34 rebounds with Lowdermilk leading the way with nine.

For West Branch, Pavin Heath scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Melinda Trimmer added 20 points.

West Branch hit 17-of-48 action shots and was 13-of-20 from the line. They finished with 23 rebounds and turned the ball over 19 times.

Last Saturday, the Warriors hosted the Alliance Aviators.

Carrollton was in full gear and rolled to a 70-11 lopsided win.

Five Lady Warriors scored in double figures. Poole led the way with 16 points, sophomore Savana Lowery added 13 points and 15 rebounds, sophomore Kelsey Voll ended with 12 and Monica Starre and Rachel Devine scored 10 points each.

Carrollton was to be at Canton South on Wednesday. They will host Louisville on Saturday in an all-important conference game.

Next week, they will travel to West Branch on Wednesday and travel to Salem on Saturday.

Carrollton 63, West Branch 58
WEST BRANCH  Melinda Trimmer 4 8-8 20, Pavin Heath 8 3-5 25, Amanda Linhart 3 0-2 6, Taryn Hahn 2 1-2 6, Lea Bock 0 1-2 1, Brittany Bryte 0 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 13-19 58.
CARROLLTON: Monica Starre 1 4-4 6, Rachel Devine 5 0-0 12, Taylor Lowdermilk 5 10-16 23, Kelsey Voll 3 2-2 8, Ali Poole 3 5-5 13, Annabel Vernier 0 1-2 1. Totals 17-59 22-29 63.

WEST BRANCH: 10   18   17   13 – 58
CARROLLTON:    19     8   13   23 - 63
Three-point goals – Pavin Heath 6, Melinda Trimmer 4, Taylor Lowdermilk 3, Rachel Devine 2, Ali Poole 2, Taryn Hahn. Fouls - 18-18. Fouled out – Brittany Bryte. Rebounds – Carrollton 34 (Taylor Lowdermilk 9), West Branch 23 (Pavin Heath 6).

Carrollton 70, Alliance 11
ALLIANCE: Emily Retterer 2 0-0 4, Katelyn Daniels 0 1-2 1, Rose Mancini 1 0-0 2, Katrease McElroy 1 0-0 2, R’Reion Mason 1 0-0 2, Tara Mays 0 0-2 0. Totals 5 1-4 11.
CARROLLTON: Monica Starre 5 0-1 10, Rachel Devine 2 5-5 10, Taylor Lowdermilk 4 1-1 9, Kelsey Voll 5 2-2 12, Savana Lowery 4 5-5 13, Ali Poole 7 0-0 16. Totals 27 13-16 70.

Three-point goals - Poole 2, Devine. Fouls - Alliance 11-9. Fouled out - Mays. Rebounds - Alliance 15, Carrollton 49 (Lowery 15).

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