Hannah Dean, Cassidy Hashley and Baylee Watson combined for 37 points and the Carroll College women defeated the University of Great Falls 55-43 in the Electric City on Saturday night.
Stephanie McDonagh led all scorers with 15 points.
Dean led Carroll with 14 points.
“Dean had another amazing game for us,” Saints coach Rachelle Sayers said. “She’s had two huge games for us. More important for us, she had the task of chasing around (MSU-Northern All-American Natalee) Faupel and then she turns around and has a great offensive night for us.”
The Saints (14-8 overall, 4-6 in Frontier Conference) outscored the Argos in the first, second and fourth quarter, holding a multiple-possession lead throughout most of the game, though late in the third quarter Great Falls did mount a run.
Still, it wasn’t enough for the Argos (12-9, 1-9), who have dropped seven of their last eight games.
On Saturday against the Saints, Great Falls shot 30 percent from the field.
“We switched up a lot of man and zone,” Sayers said. “I don't think they had seen a lot of zone. We didn't expect to play much and we got a little tired. I called it, and thought at least we’ll see what they are going to run against it. They looked hesitant against it.
“I don’t think we’ve ever zoned Great Falls this much. They have great rebounders and shooters, and tonight it was there for us.”
Hashley finished with12 points and nine rebounds for the Saints. Watson collected 11 points and four rebounds.
“I thought Baylee Watson had one of her best games she’s had, probably not in her career, but this year for sure,” Sayers said. “She guarded McDonagh defensively. She comes away with 11 points. She did a tremendous job.”
The Saints took a different approach to the game Saturday morning, using more film time than shoot-around time to get prepared for the game.
“We spent a lot of time learning from some things we’re doing some areas we can improve. The kids bought in. We talked about getting our guards more involved. Not be so one-dimensional. It’s always going to be a focus for us to get the ball in the paint, but we feel like we do have good shooters and keeping them involved.”
NOTE: The Saints will be at Sleeping Giants Lanes on Sunday afternoon, participating in the Bowl for Kid’s Sake event put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena. The event lasts from noon until 3:30 p.m.