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Freshmen Making Major Impact for Carroll Saints Basketball

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It's not common in college hoops to see a freshman come in and make an immediate impact, let alone be one of the teams top scorers. But for the Carroll men and women's basketball teams, Oliver Carr and Cassidy Hashley are doing exactly what their coaches had hoped when they recruited them.

"When we recruited her we felt like we got an absolute goldmine in her, and felt like this is a kid that could come in and be a freshman of the year in the league," said Saints women's head coach Rachelle Sayers on Hashley.

"He was basically the first person that I started actively recruiting once I had the job," said Saints men's head coach Carson Cunningham.

Carr is second on the men's side in scoring and fourth in the conference at 16 per night, while Hashley is third on the women with 11 points per game, and her seven rebounds per night put her sixth in the conference. But their success has come mostly from learning as they go.

"Speed of the game is a lot faster, strength, and size," said Carr. "It's all adjustments that all of us freshman have had to make."

"Everything's basketball," said Hashley. "Everything you do, everyday, it all revolves around basketball. I'm here for school, but I'm also here to play basketball."

Having great young post players hasn't just benefited the coaches, though. On both sides having players that can score down low frees up the outside scorers, and they're pretty grateful for it.

"As a point guard to have somebody to go down to and be able to seal the post, get a good lob, get some rebounds it's huge," said Saints women's junior guard Katie Estey. "It takes off a lot of pressure from the guards."

"We have a lot of good three point shooting people on the team," said Saints men's junior guard Jon Pulsifer. "It gets us wide open, and if they come out and close too hard on us we throw it right back and it's an easy bucket for him."

The future is bright for both Saints basketball programs. For the next four years when teams come to Carroll to play, whether it

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