It was a strange night for the Bishop Carroll boys, who defeated Goddard 61-50 but weren’t feeling too good afterwards.
Take away the Golden Eagles’ 12-0 run in the second quarter, and coach Lonnie Lollar said there wasn’t much to feel good about. They simply traded baskets with Goddard, Lollar said, and they’re in big trouble if they do that when they play Conner Frankamp and North High next week.
Friday night’s second quarter was maybe Carroll’s best of the season. The Golden Eagles (3-3) out-scored Goddard 18-7.
“When we defend well, our energy goes up and it transfers to our offense,” Carroll point guard Christian Smith said.
On Carroll’s last five possessions to end the first half, Smith made a pair of free throws, hit a layup and a jumper, had an assist and swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
“He carried us in the first half with his unselfish play and his leadership,” Lollar said of Smith.
Smith did not score in the second half. With Carroll up by 15 early in the fourth quarter, Lollar benched Smith and a couple other starters for the night.
“I was cheering for us to keep the lead we had,” Smith said, “but I was getting pretty anxious and nervous, wanting to go in.”
Tyler Palmore led Carroll with 14 points. Smith and Austin Larkin each scored 11 while Gage Loy added 10.
Goddard’s Tucker Vang led all scorers with 15 points. Collin Nevil had 14 and Maxie Mikle added 13 for the Lions (1-5).
Defense, transition game lifts Carroll girls - Bishop Carroll’s pressure defense bothered the Goddard girls all night, as the Golden Eagles never trailed on their way to a 66-28 victory.
Golden Eagles coach Taylor Steven called it their best game of the season, and credited their practices over the semester break.
“We really just needed a lot of reps with our offense and defense,” Steven said. “We wanted to work on our pressure (defense) and our transition (offense). And I was very happy with that.”
Carroll exploded with 25 points in the second quarter, and had a 17-1 run.
Jordyn Miller led Carroll (3-3) with 14 points. Brooklyn Bockover scored 10, while Maddie Oxler and Rachel Doerneman added nine apiece.
Goddard (0-6) got a game-high 15 points from Emily Rausch.
Titan boys rally in second half - Down by one at halftime, the South boys owned the third quarter to defeat Arkansas City 56-44 in a battle of previously winless teams.
The Titans opened up the second half on an 11-0 run, taking a 39-29 lead on Omar Martin's fast break layup, and never looked back.
"We just really wanted to come out and play hard, play strong and rebound the ball better," said South forward Jordan Moore. "Our offense and transition game were working for us in the second half."
Moore, a 6-foot-5 junior, led both teams with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Zach Keiswetter added 10 points for the Titans (1-6).
Drew Meyer scored 15 points for Ark City (0-7).
South girls roll to fifth straight victory - Wichita South’s girls overwhelmed Arkansas City 74-16 in Hartman Arena to start the Catch It Kansas Basketball Challenge.
The Titans (6-1) trailed in the opening minutes, 5-4, with all five Ark City points being scored by freshman Kaitlyn Potter.
Potter would go on to score only two more points, though, as the Titans went on a 30-1 run.
“We started out sluggish,” South coach Antwain Scales said. “I don’t know if it was anxiety or playing in this venue or what, but we weren’t ourselves. … I just think (eventually) our physical presence was too much for them. No discredit to Ark City. I appreciate them taking the opportunity to play a 6A team in this venue.”
Kirea Rogers led South with 19 points while Kendrian Elliott scored 18 and Madison Northcutt added 16. Potter’s seven points led Ark City (0-7).