DOUBLE TEAMED: Carroll County’s Dakota Corbin (center) shoots over Erlanger Lloyd’s Zach Riddle (left) and Brent Christensen en route to his game-high 18 points in the Panthers’ 60-32 win on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Hill)
DOUBLE TEAMED: Carroll County’s Dakota Corbin (center) shoots over Erlanger Lloyd’s Zach Riddle (left) and Brent Christensen en route to his game-high 18 points in the Panthers’ 60-32 win on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Carroll County broke away from a relatively close first half with a 36-point second half to post a runaway 60-32 win over the Erlanger Lloyd Juggernauts in the season opener for both teams Tuesday in Carrollton.

"For our first game of the season, I thought we played really well defensively," said Carroll County head coach Carroll Yager. "We had active hands and active feet. I don't know how many turnovers we caused."

On the night, Lloyd turned the ball over 18 times and Carroll County had 11 steals.

Leading the Panthers' attack were Dakota Corbin, who had 13 out of his 18 points in the first half and Jacob Wise, who scored 11 out of his 15 points in the second half. Other starters, John Michael Adams, Austin Crowell and Isaiah Hogan, collectively had 21 points.

Carroll County outscored its opponent 15-11 in the first quarter and added three more points to its lead by intermission, where it held a 24-17 advantage.

The Panthers added another 15 points in the third quarter and everybody got involved in the final period, where Carroll outscored Lloyd, 21-7.

According to Yager, Carroll County's 1-3-1 defense was a big key in holding down Lloyd's point totals. "They had a hard time with that defense. We used it in the first half and adjusted it when we came back with it again in the third quarter."

Yager was very happy with his team's defensive rebounding. "We did a great job clearing the boards. I also thought we created some offense with our defensive play.

"We did a lot of things well tonight," the coach added. "Our focus was good. The only thing I was concerned with was our 3-point shooting." Carroll was just one-for-17 from outside the arc.

"I thought everyone played well," Yager said. "Austin (Crowell) did a good job running the floor, Jacob (Wise) on defense, John Michael (Adams) on passing and Dakota's rebounding, scoring and defense."

Carroll takes its act on the road Thursday when it travels to border rival Trimble County. "I hope we can keep up our execution and momentum for Trimble County," Yager said. "Hopefully, our outside shooting will be on track."

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TUESDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Carrollton, Ky.

CARROLL CO. 60, ERLANGER LLOYD 32



ERLANGER LLOYD 11 6 8 7 - 32

CARROLL CO. 15 9 15 21 - 60



ERLANGER LLOYD (0-1) - (g)Wright 7, (g)Townsend 7, Riddle 6, (g)Molitor 4, Yero 4, (c)Christiansen 2, Kemen 2, (f)Guiterez 0, Fifer 0, Jouett 0, Hedges 0.



CARROLL CO. (1-0) - (c)D. Corbin 18, (f)Wise 15, (f)Adams 8, (g)Crowell 7, (g)Hogan 6, Schirmer 2, Ray 2, Crank 2, Kruzan 0, Donahue 0, M. Corbin 0, Ellis 0, Evans 0.



3-Point Goals - Erlanger Lloyd (1), Wright 1, Carroll Co. (1), Wise 1. Total Fouls - Erlanger Lloyd 22, Carroll Co. 21. Fouled Out - Erlanger Lloyd, Guiterez. Free Throws - Erlanger Lloyd 9-22, Carroll Co. 23-33. Next Game - Erlanger Lloyd hosts Holmes Thursday, Carroll Co. visits Trimble Co. Thursday.