Carroll Sports in Review '15-'16 Girls Basketball
Feb 23, 2016 08:31AM ● Published by Dia
Dragon Girls Basketball
About the Team
Having won seven consecutive district tiles under Head Coach Terri Morrison, the Lady Dragons basketball program has been nothing short of excellent in recent memory. Heading into the 2015-16 year filled with promise and young talent, the Lady Dragons have had to endure the difficult task of replacing “All Everything” point guard and Carroll Senior High assists leader Kennedy Leonard. Although Southlake Carroll has had to replace one of the most decorated players in school history, Morrison returns junior Priscilla Smeenge and Anna Hurlburt, who finished last season second and third on the team in scoring.
At 6’-0,” Smeenge has considerable length and talent, and has a great campaign thus far leading the team in most statistical categories. Currently 12th in the area in points scored with 379 and an average of 15.2 points per game, Smeenge has been a constant bright spot for the green and white leading the team in rebounding at 7.6, while averaging 2.6 assists per game. Not too far behind Smeenge in the points and rebound category is senior captain Anna Hurlburt. A deft passer for her position, the 6’-2” forward is second on the team in both points (13.0) ppg and rebounds (6.7) rpg, while leading the team in assists at 2.7 apg.
After winning 20-plus games last year, the Lady Dragons have a long way to go to get back to that mark, as they currently are 14-11, (4-2) this year. Sitting in fourth place in district 7-6A after losing to undefeated district opponent Euless Trinity and Colleyville Heritage in back-to-back contests, Terri Morrison’s ball club will have to make adjustments after losing sophomore point guard Brook Lay to an undisclosed season-ending injury. Lay, whose 2.0 assist per game placed third on the team, while leading the team in three point percentage and free throw percentage at 43% and 86% respectively, will be missed. Forced into a point guard by committee strategy, Morrison’s squad will rely on senior Natalie Flexer and freshman Kayla Colan to handle the majority of ball-handling duties as the Dragons move to finish up the season.
Having played much better on the road (8-5) than away this season (3-4), Morrison’s team has been nothing short of potent offensively as they rank in the top 20 in the area in points per game at 45.4 ppg. With six games left in the 2015-2016 regular season, the Dragons look to make a push as Terri Morison’s team looks to win its eight straight district title under Morrison, and return back to the playoffs.
“We are confident that when you see our teams play, whether it be a home contest, or on the road, you’ll recognize the product as Dragon Basketball. We may go about things in a slightly different fashion than some of the previous teams, but we will always strive to play up to the high standards of intensity and competitive greatness that have been the hallmarks of this program.”
4 Brooke Lay PG So.
5 Kenidy Herring F Jr.
11 Kayla Colan PG Fr.
12 Natalie Flexer G Sr.
13 Courtney Manning G Sr.
22 Priscilla Smeenge G Jr.
23 Rachel Seyler G Fr.
30 Anna Hurlburt F Sr.
32 Abby Carlile F Jr.
42 Gabby McBride F Fr.
45 Juliette Oliveti F Jr.