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Carroll girls’ defense shuts down Northwest

Published Jan. 17 at 11:56 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 17 at 11:45 p.m.

It takes a considerable amount of discipline to run the Bishop Carroll girls offense.

Swing the ball around the perimeter. Check the post. Swing the ball back the other way.

Repeat.

Doesn’t leave a lot of room for freelancing.

The Golden Eagles’ defense requires no such amount of patience.

“On the defensive end we want to play aggressive and get stops, have our hands moving and get low,” Carroll’s Shelby Lopez said after Carroll’s 53-33 win over Northwest on Friday. “We did a good job of that, of being aggressive. And we were moving the ball really well on offense.”

Carroll pressured Northwest into mistakes early and often, with 17 first-half turnovers, as it improved to 7-2 and 6-2 in City League play.

Northwest finished with 22 turnovers.

Lopez led Carroll with 13 points, while Hunter Hogan chipped in with 10.

“We knew their pressure was good and we didn’t get a good handle on the ball tonight,” Northwest coach Jim Mernagh said. “And when you start turning the ball over against (Carroll), they’re good enough that it’ll bury you.

“We didn’t do a very good job of handling their pressure tonight and we paid for it.”

Carroll opened the game on a 10-1 run and never let the Grizzlies get within striking distance. Leading 12-5 after the first quarter, the Eagles forced seven Northwest turnovers in the first two minutes of the second quarter and went into halftime with a 27-11 lead.

“What we’ve been working on in practice is patience on offense. Lots of pass fakes and reversals, then be super-aggressive on defense,” Carroll coach Taylor Steven said. “We don’t want good shots, we want great shots and we want to pressure them into making mistakes when we’re on defense.”

In the second half, it was Carroll’s offense’s turn to shine as leading scorer Jordyn Miller, a 6-foot forward, got on track with a couple of baskets and freshman point guard Brynn Maul found teammates open cutting to the hoop with a couple of passes that seemed to pass through the entire Northwest defense before finding a target.

Maul’s three-pointer and a pair of free throws by Miller, who finished with eight points, capped a 13-2 run by Carroll to start the second half.

“We’re trying to be a transition team and that’s what (Maul) does is she gets the ball up the court fast, we want to be on the move” Steven said.

Maul finished with seven points. Jordan Hall and Cassie Pauls led the Grizzlies with seven points each.

“I like when things start going a little faster, when we’re pushing the ball,” she said “My teammates help me out a lot.”

The win over Northwest (4-5, 4-4) also came without Miller playing her best — she’s averaging 11.8 points — showing the Eagles have more than one way to beat teams.

“We have a lot of people that can step up,” Steven said. “It doesn’t always have to be the same person.”

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CARROLL: Youngers 5, Lopez 13, Maul 7, Hagen 10, Miller 8, Doerneman 2, B. Bockover 5, Hageman 4.

NORTHWEST: Cooper 1, Williams 3, J. Hall 7, Grant 6, Pauls 7, N Hall 4, Bagsby 2, Gates 2, Jennings 1.