MOUNT CARMEL - Four players scored in double figures, while a total of nine reached the scoring column as the Mount Carmel Lady Aces started the season with a 78-27 victory at home over Lawrenceville in girls high school basketball action.

“I thought, overall, we played pretty well,” said Mount Carmel coach Tim Willis. “Defensively, we have to do a little better job with communication, but all coaches will find something they particularly don’t like.

“We have six or seven girls that, if they led us in scoring, it wouldn’t surprise me. We can score inside and we have three or four girls that can score from the inside. It depends on who’s hot and what [other teams] are taking away and who gets in foul trouble.”

Kassidy Drone came off the bench to lead all scorers with 17 points. In her first game back after tearing her ACL almost a year ago, senior Kylie Applebey added 15 points through three quarters, while Baylie Ray also finished with 15 points through three quarters.

“We just needed to play somebody different other than ourselves in practice to see where we are at,” said Willis. “I think our fans were able to see the style we want to play. We want to push the ball and get up and down the floor.

“This allows us to see different matchups than you normally do. It allows us to point out some things that kids maybe don’t see in practice. I thought, overall, it was a pretty good opening night for us.”

The Aces led by 10 at the end of the first quarter. Up 14-9 with 1:30 left in the in the first quarter, Mount Carmel went on a 19-0 run that lasted nearly eight minutes. When it was all said and done, The Aces turned a five-point lead into a 39-9 advantage with 1:55 left until halftime.

“We shot well during that span,” said Willis. “That obviously helps. When you get on a run, that’s what we’re going to do. We have to get those 8-0 [or] 10-0 runs. That’s the type of team we’re going to have to be because we’re not going to be able to get in the half court situation and slug it out with a lot of teams because we’re not very big. We’ve got to get out and knock down a couple 3s during that scenario. We can shoot the ball from the outside.”

Mount Carmel shot 22-for-49 from the floor and 26-for-42 from the free throw line.

“I felt we ran our sets pretty good,” said Willis. “We had a lot of kids step up and score for us. For an opening night, it was pretty good.”

Sela Lashbrook finished with 10 points and Kameron Kline added nine points.

“This year, more so than we’ve had in the past, we have some scoring coming off the bench with Mollie [Dardeen], Kassidy [Drone] and Maya {Smith]. Those three and Sela had a really nice game. You’ve got three or four kids that can score off the bench, which is something we haven’t had in the past.”

The Lady Aces (1-0) will next hit the hardwood after Thanksgiving. Mount Carmel will compete at the Lady Maroons Thanksgiving Invitational in Robinson. The Lady Aces open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 against Fairfield.

Mount Carmel will return later that day to face Oblong at 5 o’clock and conclude pool play against Marshall at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25. The team will play later that Saturday in a cross-pool game depending on where they finish in pool play.

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