College Sports

Sloppy Carroll scraps by Kapaun

The movement wasn't one bit subtle.

When the errant pass flew to the Bishop Carroll girls' bench, coach Don Racine caught the basketball and slammed it to the court, his face grim.

His displeasure in yet another turnover — 24 on the night — was obvious.

"I think he was sick of us turning it over," junior Cathy Brugman said. "Just like we were.

"It was pretty ugly," Racine said. "But you know what? We won."

Yes, Carroll defeated host Kapaun Mount Carmel 34-31. And yes, it was ugly.

Carroll (6-0) ranked 10th overall, was 11 of 41 (26.8 percent) from the floor, 3 of 16 from three-point range and was outrebounded 34 -24.

"It was ugly, we got a little lucky and we won," Racine said. "Why (did this happen)? I don't know. I just tried to get them to explain it to me."

The team had no answers for him.

"It's a bad game and we have to move on. I don't think we'll look at it. I don't want to see it again," Racine said.

It was a choppy game — there were 56 total turnovers, 36 fouls and 53 missed shots.

Carroll was hampered by foul trouble — all five starters had at least one foul by the midpoint of the first quarter. Nicole Walden, Carroll's top player and a strong post presence, hardly played because of foul trouble. She fouled out with four points.

"She made that one shot, I thought she'd come back," Racine said of Walden's only field goal, in the fourth. "Then she picked up another foul.

"We missed some shots, we tried to get the ball in the post, but we bounce-passed, we threw it off people, nobody could catch the ball."

Brugman was the lone bright spot. She hit 5 of 6 from the floor, 4 of 5 from the free-throw line and had a game-high eight rebounds and a game-high 15 points.

"She stepped up, she carried us," Racine said.

While it was a struggle for Carroll, Kapaun coach Damian Smithhisler was pleased with his team's defensive play.

"We wanted to make them shoot the outside shot, try to board like crazy, not give them second chances," he said. "Defensively, we did a wonderful job."

Katie Andersen led Kapaun with 11 points and four steals, and teammate Courtney Gahagan had four steals.

The Crusaders had a chance to tie the score late after Carroll turned the ball over on a double-dribble.

With 15.1 seconds remaining, though, Kapaun failed to get the shot it was looking for.

Bishop Carroll (6-0, 6-0) 13 4 8 9 — 34 Kapaun Mount Carmel (1-4, 1-5) 10 6 4 11—31

CARROLL: Brugman 5 4-5 15, Sooter 2 0-0 4, Walden 1 2-2 4, Duling 0 2-4 3, Rech 0 0-0 0, Noetzel 1 0-0 3, Balderas 2 0-1 5, Lubbers 0 0-0 0, Linnebur 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 (3) 9-12 34.

KAPAUN: Sevart 0 1-2 1, Morton 1 0-0 2, Rodriguez 2 4-6 8, Gahagan 1 4-4 6, Andersen 3 3-4 11, Clark 0 0-0 0, Kubik 0 0-2 0, Shaw 1 0-0 3. Totals 8 (3) 12-18 31.