The game was tied 24-all at halftime, but the Lady Trojans (14-6, 5-4 Region 5-AAAA) struggled to score to open the third quarter, allowing Fayette County (14-4, 8-0) to pick up a lead and ultimately the victory to remain perfect in region play.
Carrollton coach Shon Thomaston didn’t feel like the final 13-point difference was indicative of a game where his team came out to play, noting that the ball just didn’t bounce its way on Saturday.
Senior guard Kenyata Hendrix led the Lady Trojans with 15 points, while Tatyana Jackson added seven with others chipping in. Brooklyn Emory led the way on the glass with seven boards and Jackson also had five assists.
One thing Thomaston was pleased to see was how his team took care of the basketball.
“The high point for me was we didn’t turn the ball over. Just seven times in this game and we’ve been well around the 15 number the whole season. We took care of the ball — we just didn’t make shots,” Thomaston said.
Even with a 5-4 region record, Carrollton is right in the mix for the second or third seed in the region tournament. With five games left — including the next three against the bottom three teams in the standings — a strong finish could put the Lady Trojans in a good position come region tourney time.
“We’ve looked at all that and with Columbus beating LaGrange [Saturday] and Fayette sitting at the top, I think they’re the class of the region with no losses. Everybody else is between two and four losses. It seems like we’ve all split with each other. Or they’ve beat one team, we beat one team and they beat the team that beat us. It’s all jumbled there between two and five. That could go either way,” Thomaston said. “If we can take care of business, we’ve got our eyes on that third spot still with the opportunity to finish with the two spot.”
Fayette County boys 62, Carrollton 30: The Trojans (12-7, 4-5) endured a tough day at the office Saturday, shooting just 5-of-23 from the field during first half and scoring 11 points by the break.
On the flipside, the Tigers (10-7, 6-2) came out scorching hot, connecting on 15-of-31 first-half attempts, including knocking down 11 3-pointers in the opening 16 minutes.
Dante’ Sterling led the Tigers with 24 points, coming on eight bombs from beyond the arc.
Carrollton was led by Cooper Criswell with six points, while Montae Glenn and Malik Sheppard each scored four.
The Trojans will look to bounce back on Tuesday when it travels to Troup for another tough region battle.
Carrollton JV boys 60, Fayette County 58: The Trojans (14-2) hung on for the nail-biter in a game they never trailed on Saturday, leading 32-26 at the half and 45-40 at the end of three.
Criswell led Carrollton with 18 points, followed by Jarel Rowe with 12 and Isaiah Boyd with five.
Fayette County 9th grade boys 71, Carrollton 56: The Trojans (4-8) got an 18-point effort from Mike Boykin, while Desmond Webb added 17 and North Carter finished with 10.