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.
HELENA, Mont. – When the Carroll College women’s basketball takes the floor Sunday, at Montana’s Dahlberg Arena, they may be playing a Division I team with a vaunted history but the players that take the floor for the Lady Griz aren’t unfamiliar to the Saints.
“There isn’t a lot of fear or intimidation when we play Montana because these are kids that our girls have played with and against in high school,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “It is a great opportunity to go down there and play and play in a great environment. And show what we can do.”
This will be the third exhibition game against a D-I opponent for the Saints who also played Montana State and Boise State. Carroll played both teams tough but fell 59-49 to Montana State and 58-45 to Boise State. Against the Broncos, the Saints played without starting point guard Katie Estey.
“We’ve played well against some really good teams and we’ve done that without our starting point guard,” Sayers said. “I think that our youth has really matured. Without Katie everyone has had to step up and mature and we’ve seen some major growth.”
The player that has maybe made the biggest improvement is freshman forward Cassidy Hashley. The freshman tallied double-doubles against Northwest Nazarene and the College of Idaho and 13 points against Boise State.
“I think the players around her are starting realize that she is a commodity for us,” Sayers said. “She is strong, has great hands, understands how to use her position and she can step out and shoot the three. She really adds another dimension to our offense.”
Sayers was deliberate with her early season scheduling which has led to a 5-3 record for the Saints but the young Carroll squad is getting prepared to face a Frontier Conference that includes three top-25 teams.
“We wanted to make sure that we were ready for conference, we have to play teams that are better than us,” Sayers said. “We have to play teams that will exploit our weaknesses so we can address them and get better.”
The Montana game is another chance for the Saints to improve, in an exciting environment, before they get into Frontier Conference play. The Lady Griz are 2-4 on the season and are on a three-game losing streak but they are a perennial Big Sky power.
“There isn’t a thing that we are going to do that coach (Robin) Selvig hasn’t seen. It is a great opportunity to play a disciplined team,” Sayers said. “The kids are excited to play games like this. They are excited to play in an environment like they have at Montana.”
The game tips off at 2 p.m. and will broadcast on Mo Legends at 104.5 FM and espnmontana.com.
CALDWELL, Idaho – Cassidy Hashley tallied her second double-double in three games to lead the Carroll College women’s basketball team to a 60-49 road victory over the College of Idaho Monday evening.
The Saints jumped out to an early lead and never trailed en route to the 11-point win.
Carroll started the game on a 21-6 run over the first nine minutes before the Yotes were able to cut the deficit to 29-23 with 17-8 run culminating in a pair of free throws with 1:48 left in the half. Hashley hit a bucket with 40 second left before the break to give the Saints a 31-23 lead at the half.
A 3-pointer by C of I’s Aleah Lowber with 14:19 left in the second half jump started the College of Idaho offense to a 13-0 run that tied the game at 41 with 10:11 left in the game.
The Saints then went on a 14-2 run of their own to again seize control of the game over the final minutes to earn the tough road win without starting point guard Katie Estey.
“It was a hard fought win,” head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “Three games on the road in three days without your starting point guard was definitely a test of our team’s mental and physical toughness. I thought we definitely passed the test.”
Kalee Junkermier scored 15 points and Bailey Snelling added 13 to join Hashley in double figures. The Saints were 19-51 (37.5 percent) from the field.
“We only made 19 field goals but had 12 assists,” Sayers said. “That means we share the ball and are playing together. We also outrebounded all three of our opponents this week.”
The inexperienced Carroll team is starting to build confidence amidst a tough non-conference schedule.
“I like the direction we are heading, our young team is starting to see their potential,” Sayers said.
After tonight’s performance Snelling has 106 points on the season and 990 for her career. She will look to surpass the 1,000 point mark at home against Milligan (Tenn.) on Dec. 12. The Saints play their final exhibition game of the season Sunday in Missoula against the University of Montana at 2 p.m.
Carroll vs College of Idaho 12/01/14 7:00 PM at Caldwell, Idaho At Caldwell, Idaho CARROLL 60, COLLEGE OF IDAHO 49 CARROLL (5-3) HASHLEY, Cassidy 7-9 2-2 16; JUNKERMIER, Kalee 5-13 0-0 15; SNELLING, Bailey 3-12 5-8 13; WATSON, Baylee 2-5 4-7 8; PASTA, Bailey 1-5 2-2 5; JOHNSTON, Jordan 1-3 1-2 3; SULLIVAN, Alison 0-0 0-0 0; MCKEON, Kacie 0-3 0-0 0; ROBINSON, Mika 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-51 14-21 60. COLLEGE OF IDAHO (1-8) LOWBER, Aleah 6-14 2-3 15; HENSEY, Elisha 3-13 4-4 11; YIZAR, Jamiece 3-9 0-0 7; BURNHAM, Haylee 2-7 2-3 6; AGUILAR, Jessica 1-1 2-3 4; BLALOCK, Ashleigh 1-3 0-0 2; RAINBOTH, Emily 1-2 0-0 2; JONES, Alicia 1-2 0-1 2; JAFEK, Kilee 0-0 0-0 0; BUHR, Morgan 0-0 0-0 0; ROSS, Kellie 0-1 0-0 0; WIRTH, Brittany 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 10-14 49. Carroll....................... 31 29 - 60 College of Idaho.............. 23 26 - 49 3-point goals--Carroll 8-32 (JUNKERMIER, Kalee 5-11; SNELLING, Bailey 2-11; PASTA, Bailey 1-5; MCKEON, Kacie 0-3; ROBINSON, Mika 0-1; JOHNSTON, Jordan 0-1), College of Idaho 3-13 (HENSEY, Elisha 1-4; YIZAR, Jamiece 1-3; LOWBER, Aleah 1-3; ROSS, Kellie 0-1; WIRTH, Brittany 0-1; BURNHAM, Haylee 0-1). Fouled out--Carroll-None, College of Idaho-None. Rebounds--Carroll 41 (HASHLEY, Cassidy 11), College of Idaho 34 (YIZAR, Jamiece 9). Assists--Carroll 12 (PASTA, Bailey 4), College of Idaho 12 (HENSEY, Elisha 4). Total fouls--Carroll 19, College of Idaho 15. Technical fouls--Carroll-None, College of Idaho-None. A-420
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