March 1, 2003
Senior Joey Carroll, already the Knights all-time leading scorer, saved his best for his final eight minutes in a Deerfield-Windsor uniform.
Carroll scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Deerfield-Windsor pull away from First Presbyterian and beat the Vikings 55 to 48 in the G.I.S.A. AAA championship game.
The Vikings, who are responsible for two of Deerfield-Windsor's three losses this season, closed a five point halftime deficit to one going into final the quarter.
Jimmy Hotz, whose three point basket in the final five seconds put the Knights in Saturday's championship game, opened the final period with another three point basket.
It was all Carroll after that when he drove the baseline for a reverse layup and then scored three more field goals on offensive rebounds. Carroll's final eight points came from the foul line.
Saturday's state championship is the third for the Deerfield-Windsor and the first since 1997.
But the title was sweet for a senior class who had lost in the semi-finals in 1999, 2000 and 2002. The Knights also lost in the semi-finals in 1998.
Knight's head coach Gordy Gruhl now has enough championship rings to fill one finger. Saturday's win was his fifth state title at Deerfield-Windsor.
He has won state titles coaching boys basketball in 1991, 1997 and 2003 and has led the Lady Knights to state championships in 1988 and 1993.