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Carroll Women Topple Tech on Way to Frontier Semifinals

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The 20th ranked Carroll College women's basketball team topped Montana Tech 75-63 in the quarterfinals of the Frontier Playoffs. With the win, the Saints advance to play at the University of Great Falls Saturday in the Electric City.
The Orediggers led 6-5 before Katie Estey hit a 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the first half and the Saints never trailed again. The Saints hit 29 of 53 (54.7 percent) from the field. The best shooting percentage of the season, including 13 of 20 (65 percent) in the second half.
The Saints led by just two, 17-15 at the end of the first quarter but exploded in the second, capped off with a half court shot at the buzzer by Estey to give Carroll the 41-31 lead at the break.
The Diggers cut the lead to 45-40 after a bucket by Hattie Thatcher but the Saints closed the quarter on a 15-4 run the lead to 60-49 at the end of the third.
The Saints built the lead to 73-54 with 5:00 left in the game before the Diggers closed on a 9-2 run but it wasn't enough and the Saints earned the 12-point win.
Cassidy Hashley scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. She was also 2 of 3 from the 3-point line, the most attempts in her career.
"I thought we came out extremely aggressive I am ok with that," head coach Rachelle Sayers said. "I am ok with Cassi being really aggressive and taking that shot because I know that if she is taking that shot she feels good about it and when she hits it, it gets the team fired up."
Baylee Watson scored 14 points and Estey also scored 14. The earned a slight 27-26 edge in rebounding. Both teams had a pretty clean game with the Saints turning the ball over only 12 times and Tech losing it just 13.
The Saints had a 23-2 advantage in bench points and outscored the Diggers 42-32 in the paint.
After struggling for most of February with shooting the ball, especially from the three-point line, the Saints are a combined 13 of 30 (43.3 percent) from distance over the last two games.
"I thought this might have been our best overall offensive game," Sayers said. "Our kids understand that we need them to shoot, we want them to shoot and they are ready to shoot. In the last few months weren't always ready. You saw tonight that they were ready to shoot and confident and their teammates were confident in them, the posts will get them when they are doubled."
The Saints play the Argos Saturday. Carroll fell in both games in Great Falls but both games came on the second night of back-to-back games.
Carroll and UFG tipoff at 7 p.m. at the McLaughlin Center in Great Falls. 


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