Girls Basketball Season Recap


Victoria Jacobsen

Senior Kayla Gibbs tries to work around solid defense from Snider

The Carroll Chargers Girls Varsity Basketball team fell short of a Sectional 5 Title on Saturday February 4th, as they were defeated by Snider 58-52.

Carroll finished the season 15-8, and 4th place in the SAC with a record of 6-3.

The season started with an upset victory over Columbia City 67-61.

They started off the season with a 6-0 record, before dropping 4 straight games to Northrop, Homestead, Northridge, and Warsaw. It was by far the toughest stretch of Basketball this season.

In the last 4 games before break, Carroll went 2-2, defeating Concordia and Wayne on the road, but faltering at Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers.

The Chargers began 2023 on a tear, defeating Norwell, Dwenger, Luers South Side, Penn, and North Side by a total score of 386-221.

They lost their final regular season game 54-39 @ Snider on January 27th, putting their final regular season record at 14-7.

Heading into the playoffs, they were the heavy underdogs against #8: Northrop. The way Carroll played that night, you would have thought they were the favorites. They competed and ultimately blew Northrop out in the fourth quarter after only leading by 2 at the end of the third. 59-38 was the final in the quarterfinal.

The semifinals matched Carroll and East Noble. The first meeting was a near 50 point win for Carroll, but East Noble wasn’t going to let that happen again. They played Carroll tough in the first half, forcing 13 turnovers and not much offense from the Chargers. But it seems they ran out of gas in the second as Carroll led by 29 at one point in the quarter. Carroll was victorious 57-34.

In the Sectional Title, it was #14: Snider and Carroll. A rematch from just over a week ago. The game was back and forth the whole way through. The turning point of the game though, was when Carroll trailed 32-28, but put together a 10-0 run to lead 38-32. But it all came crashing down after that. Jordyn Poole drilled a three, got a steal and score, and just like that it was 38-37. Carroll’s downfall for the Chargers, as they just could not get over the fourth quarter hump falling 58-52.

It was a season of learning for the Carroll Chargers, yet through it all they were poised enough to knock out one of the best teams in the state on day one of the tournament.

That just goes to show that despite losing a lot of players, never count Coach Mark Redding and the Chargers out.

Carroll will open its season next year on the road at Columbia City.