Bachrodt scores 24 in Kapaun girls’ win over Carroll
Bishop Carroll’s Hunter Hogan wasn’t far from Kapaun Mount Carmel guard Sam Bachrodt early in the fourth quarter. Just a few feet as Kapaun prepared to run an inbounds play.
But the Crusaders got the ball to Bachrodt left of the top of the key before Hogan could close the remaining space. Bachrodt caught it and connected on her fourth three-pointer in a span of three minutes.
There wasn’t much separating the City League rivals in their first meeting of the season Thursday at Carroll. But Bachrodt’s white-hot shooting late in the third quarter and early in the fourth created a gap that lifted unbeaten Kapaun to a 44-38 victory.
Bachrodt finished with 24 points – 16 in the second half – as Kapaun won its final game before the holiday break and improved to 5-0. Center Sydney Kuhn added 14 points and four blocks for the Crusaders, who survived their first scare after winning their first four games by an average of 35.8 points.
“All-America performance by Sam Bachrodt, that’s what happened tonight,” Kapaun coach Marvin Estes said. “She just took over the game.”
Bachrodt, a 5-foot-9 junior, started her scoring barrage with Kapaun trailing 24-22 with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter. She scored her first points of the second half in the lane, then added a step-back three and two right-wing threes before the quarter ended to put the Crusaders up 33-26.
“We were down and it was kind of shocking,” said Bachrodt, whose team traded the lead with Carroll eight times in the first three quarters. “It all came together in the third quarter, and that’s really where we won the game.”
Bachrodt’s final three-pointer was the first basket of the fourth quarter. It prompted Carroll coach Taylor Steven to call a timeout.
“The goal in any game is to stop the other team’s best scorer and best shooter,” Steven said. “At that point, we needed to realize as a team that she was kind of going off. We didn’t necessarily guard her as a team at that point.”
Carroll (2-2), playing for the first time since a 41-23 loss to South last week, showed more fight against the Crusaders. The Golden Eagles led late in the first half, but Bachrodt scored on a drive and Lindsey Medina added two free throws after a Carroll turnover in the final eight seconds to put Kapaun up 20-17 at the break.
“That’s a heck of a team,” Estes said of Carroll. “They are well-coached. They were prepared for tonight’s game. When it came right down to it, our kids won it, not our coaching.”
Kapaun pushed its lead to 40-28 on Janay Jacobs’ field goal with 3:54 remaining. But the Crusaders struggled to close it out, missing five consecutive free throws, including three one-and-ones.
Madi Youngers, who led Carroll with nine points, cut the Eagles’ deficit to 42-36 with 18 seconds remaining. Another basket bay Brynn Maul got Carroll within four, but Kuhn sank two free throws to seal the outcome.
“We were kind of nervous about this one,” said Bachrodt, who also led Kapaun with eight rebounds. “It’s a good matchup with this team. I’m glad it went down to the end because it gives us good experience for later on.”
Kapaun – Medina 0 2-2 2, Hagan 1 0-3 2, Bachrodt 9 2-4 24, Jacobs 1 0-0 2, Kuhn 4 6-8 14, Born 0 0-0 0, Schaefer 0 0-0 0.
Carroll – Lopez 0 1-2 1, Hogan 3 0-0 7, B. Bockover 2 0-0 5, Doerneman 2 0-0 4, Miller 2 2-2 6, Youngers 4 0-0 9, Maul 2 2-4 6, Bullinger 0 0-0 0.