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Carroll girls follow Lopez, Miller to victory

Published Jan. 2 at 9:31 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 2 at 9:32 p.m.

Midway through the first period, the Maize South girls had a one-point lead over Bishop Carroll after a driving layup by freshman Jaelynn McLaurian.

And then Carroll’s Shelby Lopez and Jordyn Miller, who already had scored all of the Eagles’ points, took over.

Miller hit a jumper from the baseline, where she is deadly, then Lopez scored on a fastbreak. While Madi Youngers got a steal and a layup, it was back to Lopez, who had consecutive baskets, including one off a steal.

The Mavericks never threatened again, as Carroll dominated in a 50-26 win to improve to 3-2.

Lopez finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five steals, while Miller had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“At the beginning of the year I told them, ‘you two are going to be the ones, you’re going to be putting up a lot of shots. You need to be the leaders,’ ” Carroll coach Taylor Steven said. “The team named them captains, so the team saw what I saw.”

Carroll played a nearly flawless game through the first three periods before pulling all starters early in the fourth.

The Eagles shot 24 of 46 from the field and consistently dove on the floor for loose balls and tipped away passes to get the easy baskets at the other end.

Carroll held Maize South scoreless for more than 15 minutes, spanning the second and third quarters.

And the offense ran through Miller and Lopez.

“Shelby can play every position on the court,” Steven said. “She can hit the three and post up strong. If we have foul trouble with any other player, we can put her anywere on the court.

“And Jordyn is a threat in the post. She can play the three position, too, because she can hit the 15-foot shot.”

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Carroll: Lopez 19, Hogan 5, Miller 12, Youngers 4, Maul 10.

Maize South: McLaurian 9, Suchan 11, Brockel 2, Bally 2, Johnson 2.