Leopards Escape from the Black Hole – Boys Basketball
Louisville 63, Carrollton 59
The Louisville Leopards mounted a fourth quarter rally to edge the host Carrollton Warriors 63-59 at Carrollton High School Friday Night. With their 5th straight victory, Louisville improves to 7-4 overall and remains in first place at 6-1 at the midway point of the NBC schedule.
The game remained tightly contested throughout as the Leopards held a 15-14 edge after the first quarter and the Warriors rallied to knot the game at 29-29 by halftime. Carrollton would pull ahead 47-43 at the end of three quarters forcing Louisville to mount a rally of their own.
The Leopards would win the final period 20-12 to take the game and keep their single game edge on first place in the NBC Standings. Louisville hit 3 of their 8 three-pointers and made 9 of their 10 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
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The Warriors shot 63% (25 of 40) from the field compared to the Leopards making just 39% (18 of 46) of their shots from the floor. The Louisville defense forced 16 steals in the contest to counter this disparity. Libertore finished with a game-high 4 and both Hahn & Mathie also had 3 thefts a piece. Libertore also snagged a game-high 8 rebounds for the Leopards.
Carrollton was led by Cole Russell who scored a team-high 14 points. Both Kyle Bullard and Kory Host also scored 9 each for the Warriors.
With the win, Louisville has now won three straight over Carrollton. The Leopards have also now won their last three meetings in the Black Hole, a feat that has not been accomplished by LHS since 2004. Louisville now leads the all-time series 46-29.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Perry to take on the Panthers on Saturday, January 14. JV will start at 6:00 PM and Varsity will follow around 7:30 PM.
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