LAS VEGAS – Cassidy Hashley scored 16 points and Bailey Snelling added 10 to lead Carroll College to a 55-43 win over Hope International (Calif.) in the Saints’ final game of the Frontier Las Vegas Shootout.
Both teams started slow but the Saints took the lead (9-8) on Jordan Johnston a jumper in the paint with 12:36 left in the first half.
The Saints never trailed the rest of the game building their advantage to 22 with 11:06 remaining before Hope cut the lead to 55-43 at the buzzer.
The victory was the second in two days and third game in consecutive days.
“I’m really happy for our team,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “We were pretty spent after two tough battles but these kids are resilient and they came here to win and they refused to leave without doing what we came to do.”
Carroll held Hope to 18-of-57 from the field and outrebounded the Royals 40-31. The Saints also held hope to just 15 first-half points.
The Saints are the now 8-4 on the season and Hope is 8-5.
Carroll now has two weeks off before returning to action on Jan. 4 against the University of Calgary.
“It's a great way to go into Christmas break,” Sayers said. “These kids deserve a few days off and then it's back to work!”
LAS VEGAS – Bailey Snelling scored 21 points and Kalee Junkermeier had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Carroll College to a 67-55 win over No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.) in Carroll’s second game of the Las Vegas Frontier Shootout, Friday evening.
The Saints first took the lead (7-6) on a Snelling jumper with 17:02 left in the first half and never looked back. Carroll pushed the advantage to 33-12 on a pair of Junkermeier free throws with 5:54 left in the first half.
The Saints held a 40-20 advantage at the break.
“Our defense played lights out from the beginning and really set the tone,” Head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “On the other side of the ball we hit a lot of shots, which was a big difference between tonight and last night. We hit as many shots in the first half as we did in the entire game against Campbellsiville.”
The Saints kept the pressure on in the second half, building their lead to 24 with 12:27 to play.
Vanguard chipped away but the deficit was too much to overcome and Carroll held on to win 67-55.
Joining Snelling and Junkermeier in double figures was Jordan Johnston with 10 points.
The Carroll defense held Vanguard to 18-of-53 (.340) from the field and held leading scorer Riley Holsinger to just six points, 19 under her season average. Vanguard’s second leading score Samantha Duecette also netted only six points, 15 under her season average.
“Our guards played exceptionally,” Sayers said. “Bailey had a great game shooting and that is Kalee’s first double-double of her career. Defensively our back court was great. They have the best guards we’ve seen all season and we held those two to six points each. It was a great effort by our girls.”
The Saints jumped out to the early lead but the path to victory may have started earlier in the day at the hotel tennis court.
“We walked through everything this morning on the tennis court.” Sayers said. “Everyone bought into the game plan that we made and followed through on the court. It was great to see everything we practiced play out the way we wanted it to on the court.”
Carroll is now 7-4 on the season and rebounded from the yesterday’s loss to No. 5 Cambellsville. The Saints play their final game of the tournament tomorrow against Hope International (Calif.). The Royals are the lone team the Saints play this weekend that aren’t ranked but they did receive votes in the latest poll.
“We'll give the team a few hours to enjoy this but we have a tough opponent tomorrow in Hope,” Sayers said. “We'll need to do a lot of the same things we did today.”
The game will be at 4:30 MST and will be broadcast on ESPN Radio 94.9 FM and on ESPNMontana.com.
LAS VEGAS – If there was any doubt this young Carroll College Women’s basketball team could compete with best teams in the nation it was settled Thursday night when the Saints fell to No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) 46-40 in a neutral site game at the Frontier Las Vegas Shootout.
“It was an unbelievable effort,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “Cambellsville is averaging 82 points and 17 offensive boards a game and we held them to 46 and outrebounded them. Those were the best posts we have played all year and our young posts battle their tails off.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 15-5 lead early in the first half but the Saints were able to cut the lead to 27-25 with a 3-pointer by Kalee Junkermier with just over a minute to play in the first half. Lindsey Burd made a jumper with 54 seconds left in the half to give the Tigers a 29-25 lead at the break.
Campbellsville built a 42-33 lead with 7:14 left in the game. Carroll cut the lead to four late but couldn’t get over the hump in the waning minutes.
“We just couldn't get couple a shot to fall down the stretch,” Sayers said. “But we battled and I couldn't be prouder of this team.”
Cassidy Hashley was led the Saints with 13 points and nine rebounds, Junkermier scored 11 points and five rebounds for Carroll.
Point guard Katie Estey tallied six assists in her second game back from an illness.
The Saints held Campbellsville 35 points under their season average and outrebounded the Tigers 43-36.
Carroll is now 6-4 on the season and plays Vanguard (Calif.) tomorrow in the second day of the tournament.
Cambellsville (12-1) plays No. 4 Westminster tomorrow.
All games are played at Durango High School and Carroll’s games are broadcast on ESPN Radio 94.9 FM in Helena and are streamed on ESPNMontana.com.
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HELENA, Mont. – Bailey Snelling hit two free throws with 2:25 remaining in the Carroll College’s Friday night 67-41 win over Milligan College (Tenn.). The points were Snellings nine an 10th points of the game, they also were the 999th and 1,000th points of her career.
“It is special to me because I have witnessed every single one of those 1,000 points,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “Bailey came in with me in my first class and she has meant so much to this program with the way she plays and the heart that she shows out on the court.”
For her part, Snelling is just glad the shots went in.
“I knew it was for 1,000 but the pressure wasn’t bad. It would have been real embarrassing though if I would have missed the front end of that 1-and-1,” Snelling said. “It is nice to have it done and over with. I don’t like to have that pressure hanging over me. Now I can concentrate on the rest of the season.”
Sayers echoes the sentiments of Snelling. The 6-3 Saints have a tough tournament in Las Vegas next weekend and another home non-conference game on Jan. 4, before getting into the tough Frontier Slate.
“This was a big accomplishment for Bailey but she isn’t satisfied,” Sayers said. “She wants and expects this team to accomplish a lot of great thing. There are a lot of exciting things left this season.”
Kalee Junkermier led the Saints with 18 points and Cassidy Hashley and Jordan Johnston had nine each for the Saints. Hashley also tallied a game-high 10 rebounds.
“Kalee is another player, like Bailey that has been through a lot and means a ton to this program,” Sayers said. “Her shoulder has been bothering her, we weren’t even sure she was going to play tonight but she said she was sore but was going to play and you have to trust your senior.”
Hayley Wyrick had 16 points to lead the 2-10 Buffaloes.
The Saints outrebounded Milligan 55-37 and held them to 15-of -59 from the field (.254) including 2-of-11 (.182) from three-point range.
The Saints distributed the ball well and notched 13 assists in the game with just eight turnovers.
Carroll plays three games in three days next week at the Frontier Las Vegas Shootout. The Saints play Campbellsville (Ky.) Thursday, Vangaurd (Calif.), Friday and Hope International (Calif.) Saturday.
HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College women’s basketball team takes on Milligan College Friday in the only home basketball contest in the month of December.
The Saints are using the opportunity to help a few local children have a great Christmas.
Carroll Athletics will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots and anyone that brings a toy will receive free admission to the game. Unfortunately, clothing can not be accepted by Toys for Tots.
As Christmas draws near, the Toys for Tots organization has found that the donations aren’t meeting demand, specifically for teenagers ages 13-15.
The toys will be distributed by Toys for Tots in the Helena community.
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