TRAPPED: Henry County’s Ashton Pennington (14) tries to pass the ball to teammate Sophie Hughes (10) while being trapped by Carroll County’s Kayla Williamson (10) and Miranda Groseclose during the second half of Tuesday’s 31st Disrtrict tournament opener in Carrollton. Henry County won 38-29. (Staff photo by David Hill)
TRAPPED: Henry County’s Ashton Pennington (14) tries to pass the ball to teammate Sophie Hughes (10) while being trapped by Carroll County’s Kayla Williamson (10) and Miranda Groseclose during the second half of Tuesday’s 31st Disrtrict tournament opener in Carrollton. Henry County won 38-29. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Missed opportunities and a ton of missed shots by Carroll County led to an early exit from girls 31st District Tournament in a 38-29 basketball loss to Henry County Tuesday in Carrollton.

"Going into tonight's game, it was an evenly-matched game," said Carroll County coach Paul Stone. "They were able to make more plays than us."

According to Stone, the Panthers had good looks against Henry County's diamond-and-one defense but those looks didn't always pay off.

"While the looks were good, we missed quite a few lay-ups. It was frustrating," Stone said. "If you would have told me Henry County was going to score (just) 19 points in each half, I would have thought 38 points would have been enough for us to win."

The Panthers had a pair of leads in the first period before Henry County center Colleen Coomes hit a free throw with 1:42 to give the LadyCats a 10-9 lead.

Carroll County took what would be its final lead early in the second quarter when forward Lauren Moore scored a basket that gave the Panthers an 11-10 lead.

But that proved to be Carroll's last hurrah when the Panthers were blanked 9-0 the rest of the first half. Henry County's Ashton Pennington nailed a pair of free throws midway through the second quarter and the Wildcats led the rest of the way.

Several Carroll County turnovers late in the half led directly to Henry County baskets and the Panthers found themselves trailing 19-11 at halftime.

Henry added another point to its lead during the third period and held a 27-18 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats scored the first five points of the final period to lead 32-18 near the halfway mark. At that point, Carroll mounted a strong press that resulted in several Henry County turnovers that the Panthers cashed in to close to within five (32-27) on a 3-pointer by Kayla Williamson with 2:30 remaining.

Carroll got the ball back on a Henry County turnover but missed a shot that would have cut the lead to one possession. Pennington was fouled moments later and nailed a pair of free throws to push the lead back to seven and the Panthers never got closer the rest of the way.

Moore led Carroll with 10 points. Owen was led by senior Kim Barmore with 12 points - seven of those in the final eight minutes.

Seniors Kristen Amick, Makena Kindoll, Tatum McIntyre and Williamson each played in their final games at Carroll County.

"I'm proud of the way they led our comeback tonight, especially Kayla and McKenna," Stone said. "I've enjoyed spending time with them this season. One thing I'm truly proud of is this team didn't give up all year. They always fought back."

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31st DISTRICT TOURNAMENT

Tuesday's Girls Semifinals

at Carrollton

HENRY CO. 38, CARROLL CO. 29



HENRY CO. 10 9 8 11 - 38

CARROLL CO. 9 2 7 11 - 29



HENRY CO. (12-13) - (f)Barmore 12, (g)Pennington 8, (g)Clark 6, Hughes 6, (c)Coomes 3, Nullins 2, Foree 1, (f)Bramblett 0, Tuggle 0, Craigmyle 0.

CARROLL CO. (6-17) - (f)Moore 10, (f)Groseclose 7, Dermon 4, (g)Williamson 3, (g)Kindoll 3, Richmond 2, (g)Amick 0, Roberts 0, McIntyre 0.



3-Point Goals - Henry Co. 1 (Clark 1), Carroll Co. 3 (Williamson 1, Kindoll 1, Groseclose 1). Total Fouls - Henry Co. 8, Carroll Co. 17. Free Throws - Henry Co. 11-19, Carroll Co. 4-7. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Henry Co. faces Gallatin Co. in the 31st District championship Thursday. Carroll Co.'s season ends.