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Anthrop's finale a winner for CC

February 26, 2012
Lafayette Central Catholic High School

Playing final basketball game at McHale Gymnasium Friday night, Central Catholic's Danny Anthrop scored 22 points and created havoc on defense with six steals to lead the Knights past Carroll 57-39.

Central Catholic takes a seven-game winning streak into the Class A Tri-Central Sectional next week against Rossville. Carroll enters the 2A Fountain Central Sectional with a two-game losing streak.

Knights coach Dave Barrett said even though it didn't have the same feel as in the past when both teams were members of the Hoosier Heartland Conference, it was still a physical, hard played game.

"They still made some runs against us and they went to a 2-3 zone that threw us off a bit but we started to attack it and we got back on track," Barrett said.

Anthrop scored 10 of the Knights' 16 points in the first quarter as Central Catholic went up by seven.

"It was like football. When it starts, it goes fast so you have to enjoy it," Anthrop said of his final regular season home game. "I think it was a great ending for our team."

Central Catholic was missing part of its offensive punch with Jake Churchill in street clothes resting a sore back. Anthrop took up the slack, using his speed to repeatedly get into the paint to score. That is when he wasn't picking off Carroll passes to score or create chances for his teammates.

"They are so fast and Anthrop is so quick getting into the lane that it gave us fits all night," Carroll coach Jeff Hobson said. "We had our kids in foul trouble all night. They played hard but we just couldn't put the ball into the basket."

The Knights held double-digit leads in the first and second quarter, only to see Carroll fight back. After taking a 31-19 lead into halftime, the Knights pushed the edge to 34-19 after an Anthrop steal and layup.

Carroll switched to a 2-3 zone and made another push. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Timmy Ruby, a free throw by Ryan Spesard and another 3-pointer by Jacob Bush helped bring the Cougars to within 37-29.

Carroll had a chance to trim the lead to six points with 3:55 left but Eric Miller missed two free throws. Fifteen seconds later Dalton Skees drilled a 3-pointer from the right arc, giving Central Catholic the momentum again.

"When he made that shot, I looked at my assistant coach and said it's a different game now," Barrett said. "Dalton always plays hard for us and does all the dirty work. I'd like see him knock down shots like that because we're going to need it, hopefully in our tournament run."

Hobson said he knew his team probably missed its best shot to get back into the game.

"That was our chance and we let it slip away," Hobson said. "We're not talented enough to go through dry spells like that. When we get runs we have to keep it going and when we get to the free throw line, we have to knock those shots down."

Carroll made only 6 of 12 free throws.

Brady Wiles led Carroll with 13 points, and Ruby contributed 12.

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