Snider didn't want to play Carroll's style of game. It wanted the pace to be fast and score in the 60s to 70s. Instead, Snider was caught in a half-court, grind-it-out game.
Good thing the Panthers don't have to rely on just playing one way as Snider (9-8) beat Carroll 59-49 at home Tuesday evening.
“We played their style tonight; we actually worked on it in practice all week, slowing down, being methodical on offense and getting good quality looks,” Snider head coach John Todor said. “We didn't always make our shots, but we got good looks.”
Snider was able to play the slow pace because of a stellar defense. The Panthers held Carroll to 29 percent shooting and just two for 17 from three-point.
This defense held Carroll to under 15 points in every quarter and only allowing Carroll's Chandler White to score a field goal in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
“It was a lot more just focusing on getting through screens and focusing on Chandler White and just trying to contest every three-point shot,” said Snider's Stephen Halstead about their defense. “They've got some shooters, but we just wanted to get a hand up every time.”
Snider was aided by senior Aaron Washington's strong first half. Washington has started the last few weeks due to illness and injury and stepped in for Leander Williams last night. Todor had no comment on why Williams did not start, but Washington went for nine of his 13 points in the first half to go with four steals and four rebounds as well. Snider was led by Halstead's 18 points and Carroll was led by White's 16.
“I was just trying to do what I can to so we can win,” Washington said. “I can pass it, rebound, do what I have to do for these guys to win. These are my teammates, and I want to do what I have to for them to win.”
Trailing by double digits most of the way, Carroll made pushes in the fourth quarter. Twice the Chargers had the lead down to six points with the ball and didn't convert. Once they missed a layup on the possession and another time turned it over as Snider quickly built the lead back up to a safe margin.
The offensive struggles and inability to close the gap had Carroll head coach Marty Beasley looking for answers after the game.
“That's just guys who I'm not sure if they are afraid to make a play or maybe can't make a play or can't finish,” Beasley said. “We didn't make many layups, I know that. We had the ball at the basket and didn't make many of them. I don't know if it's experience or lack of toughness or ability.”
Beasley has a few weeks to try and figure out what his Carroll (8-11) team needs to put it together. With sectionals a few weeks away, Carroll and Snider could meet each other again. This same thought is true for a lot of teams, as at least four of the other sectional teams head coaches were in attendance scouting the Panthers and Chargers.
“I learned a lesson a few years ago, you didn't hold anything back (in the regular season),” Todor said. “Everybody knows everybody in Fort Wayne. We've all seen each other on tape. There are no surprises.”
CARROLL 49, SNIDER 59
Carroll 9 13 13 14 — 49
Snider 10 24 9 16 — 59
Carroll: White 16, Orr 2, Hammond 5, Mallers 12, Miller 8, Kalonji 6.
Snider: Covington 11, Washington 13, Halstead 18, Williams 14, Spitnale 3.