By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Coach Mariah White was a little surprised when she looked at the scorebook after Del City’s season opener against Guymon.
She knew sophomore Courtnie McCarroll had a big night. Carroll scored 37 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a 69-53 win at John Smith Fieldhouse on Dec. 5.
“Thirty-seven points is surprising, but I’m not surprised because I know what she’s capable of,” White said. “I don’t think a lot of people saw it last year, but as a freshman she had 20-point games. When she slows down and plays her own game, she’s very good.”
McCarroll said she felt good coming into the game and was thrilled to have a big night.
“I just came into the game chilled and ready to shoot,” she said. “I just spotted up and took open shots.”
Del City led by a basket in the first quarter but headed to the locker room at halftime even at 30 all.
The Lady Eagles outscored Guymon 21-5 in the third quarter and held off a rally in the fourth for the win.
Shelby Thornton also had a big game with 13 points.
Del City’s boys finished off the sweep with a 59-30 win against Guymon.
Kentrell Thurston led the way with 12 points and Ahmadre Sanders added 11 points including three 3-pointers. Jaden Johnson had nine points in the win.
“When it’s one of the first wins you just need to get out there and get some of the butterflies out of the way,” said coach Lenny Hatchett. “The guys came through and did what they’re suppose to do.”
The Eagles had a new lineup this season after losing several starters from last year’s state championship team.
“These guys are new to a lot of people but not new to us,” Hatchett said. “They have been competing at a high level with those guys just in practice. Those were some pretty good players that we lost. I really like this group. They’re unselfish, they share the ball, they fly around defensively, and they like to play with each other. And I think those are recipes for wins.”
The Eagles shined defensively as they held the Tigers to single digit scoring in all but one quarter.
“We know if you can’t defend in the halfcourt and defend to make it to March then you’re not going to be playing very long,” Hatchett said. “So that’s always been a staple here.”
The Eagles played in the Joe Lawson Memorial Invitational last week. They went 1-2 with a win over Mount St. Mary and losses to Norman North and Putnam City North.
Del City traveled to Southeast on Tuesday night and will play at rival Midwest City on Friday.