Powered by the strength of its zone press and good team speed, the Carencro girls basketball team knocked off defending Division II state champion Parkview Baptist on Saturday.
Senior Chrissy Brown scored 11 of her 19 points in the second quarter to lead the Lady Bears to a 50-40 victory over host Parkview as part of the Walker Lady Cat Tournament at various sites in the Baton Rouge area.
Parkview (5-5) led 15-8 after one quarter as five different players scored. Carencro (12-1) rallied to tie the game at 23 at halftime and won the third quarter by an 18-10 margin.
Carencro , seeded eighth in the Class 4A playoffs last season was upset by Benton 72-40 in the opening round. That loss has helped Carencro focus on bigger things.
“I was very impressed with my team (Saturday),” Carencro coach Keesha Sices said. “Our press is really working. We have quick players. We look to push the ball when we can. We still need to work on reducing our turnovers.”
Parkview Baptist coach Christina Anderson said she was impressed with Carencro’s execution.
“Carencro is a team of fighters, and I like that,” Anderson said. “They know who their scorers are and they’re using them properly.
“We’re a pressing team, too. We practiced our press offense. We tried to dribble too much out of their press instead of passing. We were out of position some and it was a lack of focus on our part.”
Lynn Griffin, a 6-foot freshman, led Carencro with 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the field. Griffin grabbed 14 rebounds and added two blocks.
Senior point guard Ava Jones filled up the boxscore with six points, six rebounds and six steals to go with five assists. Brown was 9 of 19 from the field and added six steals, four rebounds and four assists.
Parkview was led by Aaliyah Cyprian with 13 points, including 10 in the first half. Returning starters Meghan Williams and D’Niyra Montague added nine and seven points, respectively. Aalaysia Cyprian added seven points.
Carencro opened the third quarter on a 12-2 run to lead 35-25. Brown, Griffin and Jones had two baskets each in that run.
Parkview’s Williams hit a short jumper with 2:18 remaining in the game to cut the CHS lead to 45-40. Brown and Jones stayed near midcourt in the stall and that opened things up for Griffin, who scored the final five points.
“We were active and executed in the first quarter,” Anderson said. “We had too many turnovers after that. I have high expectations for my team. I think we’ll make a good run when it counts.”