West Monroe looked a little lethargic in a 59-53 loss to Carroll in the first round of the 2018 Don Redden Memorial Classic at Ouachita High School on Wednesday.
The Rebels (11-6) got off to a pretty good start and led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, but some of the same problems with defensive rebounds and fouls caught up with them in the second half.
West Monroe pulled within four points in the third quarter, but could not climb out of a double-digit hole enough to catch the Bulldogs.
With the win, Carroll will meet Rayville on Thursday in the winner's bracket while West Monroe plays against Lafayette Christian at 4:30 p.m. inside the Madhouse on Millhaven.
"We didn’t show up physically, mentally or emotionally prepared to play tonight and that’s on me," West Monroe coach Kyle Hill said. "We stressed the keys to the game, but I didn’t do a good enough job of getting us ready for tonight and that’s my fault."
Hill said the team made too many mistakes to take advantage of some quick runs against Carroll.
"We got it cut three or four times but kept shooting ourselves in the foot," Hill said. "We do three things right and one thing wrong to get it pushed back out. It is frustrating when you give yourself a chance and then shoot yourself in the foot."