Bishop Carroll gets revenge on Andover Central to move to 5A semis
EMPORIA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The last weekend of January Bishop Carroll took a potent offense to Newton for the annual Newton Invitational Tournament, reaching the finals where they finally met their match. Andover Central slowed down the high paced Golden Eagles, delivering them their first loss 41-34.
That is the lone time this season Carroll failed to score 40 points, in fact it’s 11 below their next closest of 45.
The two met again to open the state tournament, once again the matchup held on a neutral site, but this time things went the way of the Golden Eagles. Bishop Carroll pulled away to move on, 58-47, scoring more by the end of the third quarter than the first time the two met.
That afternoon in January Central was able to slow the game down, something we’ve seen often from this year’s Jaguars team, including in their 39-29 sub-state title win last week. Carroll made sure this time they dictated how the game went, scoring 16 in the first quarter after closing on an 11-0 run. Central clawed their way back into it, tying the game in the third and trailing by just two after three quarters.
But in the end it was the feisty defense of Carroll and their ability to take advantage of fast breaks and open threes that pushed them to the 11 point win.
Sophomore Leah Henke led the way with 19 for Carroll, while lone senior Landon Forbes has 14 and Brynn Steven 13. Maddi Amekporfor, in her final time wearing an Andover Central uniform, finished with 19, leading the comeback in the third quarter.
Carroll will move on to meet Andover in the semifinals Friday at 6:00pm, improving their record to 21-2 on the year. Central finishes their season at 17-6.
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