Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carrawell Hopes to Shoulder the Load

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carrawell Hopes to Shoulder the Load

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Will he or won't he?

The most frequently asked question at Cardinal Ritter High is whether junior standout Chris Carrawell will be ready to play at 8:15 tonight against Bayless in the Missouri Class 2A basketball sectional at Jefferson College in Hillsboro.

Carrawell is recovering from a dislocated shoulder and, despite playing sparingly in a district game Saturday against Principia, is listed as day-to-day.

Ritter (26-3) is ranked No. 3 in the state among 2A schools - and No. 2 in the Post-Dispatch's poll of area small schools.

Bayless (19-10) is unranked, but has a penchant for knocking off good teams. Bayless has won five of its last six games, and earlier this season defeated Class 3A Berkeley, 59-52.

If Carrawell doesn't play, things could get interesting.

"We're preparing as if he's going to be ready to play," Bayless coach John Rogers said.

"We don't want to be surprised when he steps out on the floor. We're preparing for the worst."

Carrawell injured his left shoulder in the regular-season finale against Lincoln and was sidelined until Saturday, when Ritter defeated Lutheran South 81-45 in the district final at Brentwood. Carrawell logged five minutes and scored six points.

He is averaging 20.3 points.

Ritter has so many weapons, though, it's hard to gauge how much the loss of Carrawell weakens the Lions.

Ritter's three-guard rotation of Richard Austin, Kai Harris and Andre McKenzie is productive from the perimeter, and 6-4 junior Brian Brown is a capable replacement for Carrawell on the wing.

The Lions also feature one of the area's premier centers, 7-foot-1 junior Loren Woods.

"He's tough inside, and he's improved quite a bit from last year," Rogers said.

Woods "has nice moves, he can hit the 15-foot jumper and we don't have anybody that can match up with him."

Woods averages 17. …

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