Lady Trojans get back in groove

Nick Simon/Times-Georgian

Winter Storm Inga did not slow down the Carrollton High School girls' basketball team, as it picked up where it left off with a dominant 65-17 home victory over region foe Paulding County on Friday evening.

Finding out the league contest would be played as scheduled just hours beforehand, the No. 9 Lady Trojans (14-4, 8-1 Region 7-AAAAA) wasted no time getting things into gear and putting down the visiting Lady Patriots (2-17, 2-8).

Forcing seven steals with its trap defense in the first quarter alone, Carrollton threw the PC offense out of whack from the opening tip. On the other end of the court, senior forward Elexus Bell dominated on the glass with second-chance opportunities, allowing for her team to end the first with a 19-3 lead.

The margin grew even bigger in the second quarter with the Lady Trojans continuing to run away from Paulding County. Timely 3-point shooting from both Ansley Barge and De'mauri Flournoy would lift CHS to a 35-8 advantage heading into the half.

With the outcome already decided in the second hall, the freshman Flournoy took over offensively, continuing to fire in shots from downtown while setting her fellow teammates up with easy scores. Flournoy would finish the night with 26 points, eight assists and four steals as the Lady Trojans eased to their seventh straight victory.

After days of dealing with winter weather, Lady Trojan head coach Shon Thomaston was simply happy to get his players back out onto the court Friday.

"We really needed to get out and get a game under our belts, especially postponing the game at Rome on Tuesday and being out of school for three days," Thomaston said. "It was good news when we found our early (Friday) afternoon that we'd get to play."

After the game, the Lady Trojan seniors were honored during Carrollton's Senior Night ceremony, making the region victory even more special for Thomaston and his girls.

"We're glad we got to play and get to recognize these seniors," Thomaston said. "We got a big region win and gave these girls a chance to go out in style on Senior Night, even though we do have a few homes games left."

After traveling to Kell on Saturday, Carrollton faces one of its toughest stretches of the season this week with three region contests in four days. Still without scoring threat Taylor Brown, the veteran CHS head coach is hoping that his players are fully prepared to start playing their best basketball of the season beginning on Tuesday.

"We're looking at Villa Rica on Tuesday, Rome on Wednesday and I won't even worry about what comes after that. We have a tough stretch coming up," said Thomaston. "The biggest thing is being healthy right now. We probably won't get Taylor Brown back until the first of February, but I like the way my girls have been playing. No matter who suits up, we have to go get as many wins as we can get for seeding purposes in the region tournament. We still haven't put that one complete game together that I've been looking for. But being optimistic, I know it's on the way."