Carroll enters the 2007-08 season with one of Ohio’s top senior guard tandems in Brogan Berry and Shante Jones. The Patriots are hoping the mixture of those two and a solid junior class translates into the school’s first appearance in the state tournament.
The Patriots are 92-26 the last five years and have been close to an elusive state berth, losing to rival Alter (40-39) in the regional semis last season and Little Miami in the regional final two years ago.
This could be Carroll’s year.
Berry (5-foot-9) is one of the most versatile and productive point guards in Ohio and has committed to Harvard. Last season, en route to second team All-Ohio and player of the year honors in the rugged GGCL Grey Division, Berry averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. The Mid-Miami League player of the year as a sophomore, Berry is a four-year starter and has already eclipsed 1,000 career points for her career.
Jones (5-9) is a scoring machine who has committed to Iowa. Last year she earned first team GGCL and Southwest District first team honors after averaging 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 steals. As a sophomore at Dayton Stivers, Jones was the Southwest Ohio Public League’s leading scorer (28 ppg).
Carroll also returns another starter in junior forward Meagan Lange (5-10). Lange averaged 4.2 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.
Other key returners include juniors Kristina Corcoran (G, 5-6), Courtney Kremer (F, 5-10) and Carly Garneau (F, 5-10).
According to head coach Rob Berry (92-26 in five years) the Patriots will play an uptempo game on offense and “utilize a quick hitting half court offense.”
Defensively Carroll will employ a variety of full court, half court, trapping man and zone defenses.
Team unity and bench play are also strengths according to Berry.
In addition to its challenging GGCL schedule, Carroll will also face Xenia, Butler, Miamisburg, Tippecanoe and travel to Pickerington North for the Fairfield Federal All-Ohio Prep Shoot-Out in January.