Coming off a loss to Hiland, Garaway was looking to get back on track when it hosted a solid Carrollton Warriors team Wednesday, January 11 in Sugarcreek.
Carrollton may have come into the game struggling at 2-9, but this looked like anything but a 2-9 team as the Warriors offense began clicking as they continue to get healthier as the year progresses.
After taking an early lead and holding a 20-18 advantage through one quarter, the Lady Pirates’ shooters went cold through the middle two quarters and allowed Carrollton to zoom ahead 53-36 heading into the final quarter.
Garaway picked up its defense, which created some golden scoring opportunities, but it wasn’t enough as Garaway fell 69-60 and dropped to 8-3 on the season.
“I’ve said this before,” said Garaway coach Dave Shutt. “We are a work in progress. Plus, that is a deceiving 2-9 team. They have some real talent, and they have been really banged up. The yare a whole lot better than their record would indicate.”
Garaway’s biggest issue came in trying to shut down the talented Mikayla Poole and big 6-foot, 3-inch Jaci Pridemore, who cause the Lady Pirates all kinds of issues. Pridemore used her height and athleticism to score 17 points while pulling down a monstrous 16 rebounds in the contest, while Poole went off for a game-high 25 points, including hitting three 3-pointers while going 11-of-15 from the field overall.
“”Poole just had a huge second quarter where she scored nine points and that put us behind,” Shutt said. “But Pridemore, she is just so big and she hurt us all night long on both sides of the floor. She had actually missed four or fives games earlier this year, but she was back and played very well. Her length really took a toll on us.”
Shutt added that simple little mistakes marred his team’s performance all night long, and they failed to corral many loose balls, nor did they shoot very well at times, particularly in the two middle quarters where they fell way behind.
“We had two solid stretches of basketball in the first and fourth quarters, but we failed to put together four solid quarters of basketball again,” Shutt said. ‘The intensity we had in the fourth quarter, we need to have that all four quarters. We just broke down too many times on the defensive end. We knew this was going to be a battle despite their record. In eighth grade this Carrollton group was amazing. They lost one of their best players to an ACL injury (Angela Starr) and the big kid has missed significant time this year. They are going to be a tough out at tournament, and they have everyone back next year, too.”
Garaway got a balanced attack, led by Sydney Mullet and Maddie Steiner, both of whom tallied 15 points. Not far off that paced was Haley Shutt who delivered a 14-point night to the effort. Mullet had a nice all-around game, with a team-high seven caroms and four steals. Zoe Johnson added 10 points and four rebounds in the defeat.