The Carroll Chargers bounced out to a 9-0 lead on Tuesday night behind the strength of their full court pressure defense. They never had to look back, winning every quarter in a 51-32 victory over previous unbeaten Huntington North.
“Our intensity was there, moving the ball was much better in the fourth quarter. But what we have to do a better job with is denying. We aren’t looking for that cross court pass, we are playing too soft,” Redding said. “We have to get better with that, especially with the schedule that we have.”
The guard corps, led by Emily Parrett, Olivia Hoeppner and Delane Sheets were able to get up the court a lot in transition in the first quarter to jump out to the lead. Their aggression was palpable throughout even when Huntington North tightened up their man-to-man defense. Carroll increased their ball movement at various points Tuesday night and it led to nine different scorers being able to aid in the victory.
Ever the perfectionist, Redding’s postgame mindset was one of appreciating the good from the game but also ready to improve as the win sets Carroll (3-0) up for their first Summit Athletic Conference game on Friday against Northrop, who is already 0-1 in conference play. The Chargers then visit 3-1 Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday.
“The nice thing is, we have 12 or 13 girls who can score at any time and that is going to be our strength. The thing I am disappointed in is we take too many quick shots, we settle for three pointers and aren’t attacking the basket when we should be,” Redding said. “So there are some things we have to get better at, but overall the nice thing about this team is that we have a lot of options.”
Redding rolled through those options on Tuesday with those aforementioned scorers. A tactic used by the Chargers in the past, he even made some straight up line changes, subbing in a full five new players at once. It allowed the main guards to share time with underclassmen like freshman Taylor Fordyce and sophomores Jasmine Anderson and Brooke Pocock, who all added different defensive elements in the victory.
“I’m looking at different people, different personnel and see who is going to help us; giving everybody an opportunity,” Redding said. “We’ve got talented underclassmen so we are going to try and throw people out there and see what’s going to give us the best chance at winning.”
Redding also noted a few missed layups and points left at the free throw line as other areas he wants to work on. The Chargers shot 10-of-17 from the line during the game. Hoeppner led Carroll offensively with 15 points while Parrett and Sheets added nine each.
Huntington North was led by Taylor Double’s 10 points.