Friday, December 01, 2017 10:40 pm
Homestead 53, Carroll 52
Homestead girls hold off Carroll
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
The Homestead girls basketball team remained calm and executed enough plays to hold off visiting Carroll 53-52 on Friday.
"Carroll's a very good basketball team this year," Spartans coach Rod Parker said. "This conference is very tough as everyone's said from the beginning of the year. Tonight was one of those Friday night battles so we were very happy to make some big plays at the end of the game to come out on top."
Carroll (5-3, 0-2) was within 49-47 with 2:28 left in the game, but Homestead (6-1, 3-0 SAC) capitalized on the free-throw line to go up 53-47 with 35.9 left.
Carroll's Kelli Damman hit a 3 with 26 seconds left and in the final seconds the Chargers got a lay-up from Isabelle Dollens.
"I was happy with how (the girls) responded," Chargers coach Mark Redding said. "When we made three turnovers at the end, I thought, 'OK, we're panicking,' but they never gave up, they got it back on defense, we had opportunities, that's all you can ask for from a team."
The Spartans trailed 17-7 in the first quarter after a 12-2 run by the Chargers, but used an 18-8 second quarter to go up 29-24 at the half.
"(Carroll) competed hard and I thought they shot the ball well from the perimeter, particularly early on and late in the game," Parker said. "Defensively, they played tough, they were solid, they rebounded the ball well. They did everything that coach Redding was hoping for them to do to get out of here tonight with a win."
Homestead was led by 17 points from Sylare Starks, 13 from Haley Swing and 10 from Sydney Graber.
Laney Steckler led Carroll with 16 and Julia Miller had 15.
"The crowd was great, we played together as a team, we had times we were down a little bit but that's where leadership stepped in and we just hung together," Starks said. "We know that they're a great basketball team so this tested us a little bit but we came out and got the 'W.'"
Homestead led by as much as 38-25 with 4:35 left in the third quarter, holding Carroll scoreless in the quarter by that point. In the final four minutes, though, the Chargers closed the gap to 43-41.
"That's because we were missing some shots," Redding said of the third quarter. "We had some good looking shots, we missed them, normally we make them, but it's just one of those things that as the year goes on, we should be making those.
"I thought the girls played well. I thought we had our opportunities, I was proud of them for not giving up. We're down 12 or six and we stayed in it. That's all you can ask."
Note: Homestead graduate Karissa McLaughlin, 2017 Miss Basketball and Purdue freshman point guard, helped unveil the program's state championship banner before the game.