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The Duncan Lady Demons came into the season knowing that in order to have success on offense, numerous players would have to step up and contribute each game.
That was the case Friday as four players stepped up big in the scoring column — three of them being named Jamie Carberry.
It certainly seemed like there were multiple players wearing the No. 23 jersey for Duncan, as Carberry had a hand in practically every play. The senior guard racked up a whopping 39 points, including 30 in the first half, and led the Lady Demons to their first victory of the season with a 67-51 win over visiting Durant.
“I knew the first time I saw (Jamie) at summer camp, she had the potential to be that kind of a player,” Duncan coach Aaron Minor said.
Carberry scored 21 of her team’s first 23 points, driving to hoop, knocking down 3-pointers and dropping in free throw after free throw. And with just eight players suited up for the injury-riddled squad, the scoring burst was greatly needed.
“I felt like I had to (step up), but I knew if I couldn’t hold it, the team would back me up,” said Carberry, who could tell early on it was going to be a good night. “In the first quarter, I was feeling it.”
She had a chance to go over 40 points on the last play, as she stole the ball and had an open path for a layup. But instead, she dished it off to Kourtney Brown for the game’s final bucket.
“I already had enough,” Carberry said. “And you’ve got to play as a team.”
Brown finished with 17 points, while Carberry notched a double-double, pulling down 13 rebounds to go along with her career-high scoring night, which was the centerpiece to a masterful performance by Duncan.
“I thought we came out and executed the game plan brilliantly,” Minor said. “I’m so proud of the girls. It was just incredible. Great win for us.”
The Lady Demons got off to a slow start against Elgin in their season opener Tuesday, but that certainly wasn’t the case against the Lady Lions.
Early in the second quarter Duncan’s lead had already reached double digits and by halftime it was up 34-20.
At the start of the fourth quarter, though, Durant started to make some headway, dominating the offensive boards and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 49-40 with 5 minutes to play. That’s as close as the Lady Lions would get as Duncan refocused and hit 11 of their final 16 free throws to hold Durant back.
“We never got worried,” Minor said. “At that point in the game, our confidence was so high. They were killing us on the boards, so we just needed to call a timeout, regroup and gather ourselves.”