Carroll High handed the Denison-Schleswig girls their first loss of the basketball season on Tuesday night with a 54-53 nonconference victory at Denison.
D-S, ranked 13th in the state in Class 4A going into the game, fell to 2-1 overall heading into tonight’s (Friday) contest at Harlan.
The matchup between the Monarchs and Cyclones will not count in the Hawkeye 10 Conference standings.
D-S actually led 53-52 when Carroll’s Ella Collison sank a driving layup from the right side of the basket with just 5.4 seconds remaining to play.
The Monarchs called a timeout with four seconds left to draw up a potential winning basket.
Paige Andersen received a pass near half court, attacked, but her shot bounced off as time expired, handing Carroll its fourth consecutive win to start the season.
D-S got out to a 5-0 lead in the game’s first three minutes, but then Carroll outscored the Monarchs 17-5 the rest of the way, as the Tigers took a seven-point lead into the second.
D-S outscored Carroll 7-5 in the second, but still trailed 22-17 at the break.
The Tigers led 33-30 going into the fourth.
"The first quarter was the difference tonight," commented Denison-Schleswig coach Adam Mich.
"Give Carroll some credit. Their girls shot the ball extremely well in making seven three-point baskets. And defensively, they never let us get out and run," he added.
"Our girls battled all night, though. We had a four-point lead with a chance to make it six in the fourth quarter, but we just couldn’t convert."
"And when we did miss, Carroll always took advantage with a big shot of their own. The Collison girl made a nice play for them in the final seconds, but I thought we got a good look from Andersen that fell short," Mich said.
Four girls got in the scoring column for D-S.
Sarah Heilesen scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds before fouling out in the fourth.
Hannah Neeman also tallied 15 points, four boards and three shot blocks. She scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half.
Alex Mohr had a nice all-around effort with 14 points, eight assists and two steals in playing all 32 minutes for the Monarchs.
Paige Andersen also finished with nine points and seven boards.
D-S was 2-of-5 from three-point range and 21-of-45 overall from the floor for 47 percent.
Carroll, led by Collison’s 14-point effort, was 7-of-21 from three-point range and 19-of-47 overall from the field for 40 percent.
The Monarchs were 9-of-13 at the free throw line, while the Tigers sank 9-of-11 foul shots.
D-S held a slim 26-23 edge on the glass.
The two teams combined for 27 turnovers, as D-S had 13 and Carroll 14.
Kennedy Lein also had 10 points and three boards for Carroll, which also got eight points, 10 boards and three assists from Taylor Mohr.
D-S won the junior varsity game, 38-37.
Ellie Magnuson led D-S with six points, six boards and four assists.
Hannah Slater added five points and four boards. Kira Langenfeld also had five points for the hosts.
Score by Quarters
Carroll................17 5 11 21 - 54
D-S.....................10 7 13 23 - 53
D-S Individual Statistics
Scoring: Sarah Heilesen 15; Hannah Neeman 15; Alex Mohr 14; Paige Andersen 9
Rebounds: P. Andersen 7; Heilesen 6; Raegan Andersen 5; Neeman 4; Vanessa Gunderson 3; Mohr 1
Assists: Mohr 8; R. Andersen 2; Heilesen 2; Gunderson 2; Neeman 1
Steals: Mohr 2; Heilesen 2; Gunderson 2; Ellie Magnuson 2; Neeman 1; R. Andersen 1
Blocks: Neeman 3; Mohr 1
Three-Pointers: Mohr 1; P. Andersen 1