Led by a strong defnese effort, Bishop Carroll secured a spot in the Class 5A girls tournament with a 38-33 win over Maize on Saturday night.
Bishop Carroll’s offense get out to a hot start with an 18-8 run led by junior forward Ashton McCory, who finished with a team-high nine points.
It was the defense, however, that allowed Carroll’s offense to flow freely. In the third quarter Carroll held Maize to two points and forced seven turnovers.
“We wanted to come out and be fearless,” Carroll coach Taylor Dugan said. “We made them work for everything. Nothing came easy. We knew they liked to drive. Our girls knew their personnel.”
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Dugan gave credit to her team’s chemistry and experience for holding the lead despite two late runs by a Maize.
Maize, which played in the Class 6A final the past two seasons, cut Carroll’s lead to one point with two minutes remaining, but Carroll’s Bryan Maul and Maize’s Taylor Holmes got tangled up on the play and Holmes was assessed a technical foul. Maul made two free throws to give Carroll a three-point lead.
“That was huge for us. It’s always nice to get free shots,” Dugan said.
Four more came after, as Maize was forced to foul with less than a minute remaining.
“Last year we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into,” Maul said, “but this year we’re closers as a team. We feel it doesn’t matter what other teams can do because we know what we can do.”
Maize – Roe 8, Stewart 10, Holmes 8, Snodgrass 5, White 2.
Bishop Carroll – Shuckman 2, Bockover 7, Sauber 7, Maul 7, Cundiff 1, Allen 5, McCory 9.