Lady Bulldogs defeat Castle and Columbus North at Lawrence North Classic
A USA-365.com Special Report
by Mark Smith
CROWN POINT (8-0)
Saturday, November 30, 2019 -
at Lawrence North High School in INDIANAPOLIS, IN
CASTLE (43): Carly Harpenau 3-0-6, Megan Kain
2-0-5, Natalie Niehaus 3-1-8, Allison Willis 1-1-3, Josie Freeman 7-0-18, Devin
Barton 1-1-3, Mariah Martinez 0-0-0. TOTALS: 17 (3-7) 43.
CROWN POINT (49): Abby Stoddard 2-2-7, Jessica Carrothers 7-2-16,
Alyna Santiago 3-1-8, Dash Shaw 3-2-10, Allie Govert 0-0-0, Lily Stoddard 4-0-8,
Alyvia Santiago 0-0-0, Niki Gerodemos 1-0-2. TOTALS: 20 (7-11) 49.
FREE THROWS: CASTLE (3-7, 42.8%) Niehaus 1-3, Barton 1-2, Willis
1-2; CROWN POINT (7-11, 63.6) Dash 2-2, Carrothers 2-3, Abby Stoddard 2-4, Alyna
ASSISTS: CASTLE (6) Harpenau 3, Freeman 2, Barton;
CROWN POINT (9) Jessica Carrothers 6, Abby Stoddard, Dash Shaw 2.
TURNOVERS: CASTLE (12) CROWN POINT (10)
3-GOALS: CASTLE (6) Josie Freeman 4, Megan Kain, Natalie Niehaus. CROWN
POINT (2) Alyna Santiago, Abby Stoddard.
FOULED OUT: NONE.
(11-30-2019) The Crown Point Lady Bulldog outlaw tour continued last week
and CP continued to travel through a 2019-20 schedule that listed 10 home games
and 14 road games.
All the road games seem to have the same script. The Lady Bulldogs ride into
town, shoot up the place, snatch a win from the home team or some innocent
bystander and steal away in the night.
Sometimes they ravage the home standers. Sometimes they cheat the hangman.
Thatís the way it was last weekend in the four-team Lawrence North Classic.
Crown Point held off Castle 49-43 and Columbus North 62-54. Both games were
closer than CP probably wanted them to be, but thatís the way it may go for
Crown Point, which rides in the shadow of their 28-game winning streak last
season and their No. 3 state ranking this year.
Castle almost brought the outlaw ladies to justice in the first game, leading
24-17 at the half before guards Jessica Carrothers and Dash Shaw scored 16 of
their 26 points in the second half to turn back the feisty Knights (4-4) from
The Lady Bulldogs surprisingly struggled against the man-to-man defense of
Castle. CP figures to be at their best offensively against a man-to-man. Most
teams will zone them.
In game two, CP survived 11 3-point baskets from Columbus North (2-5) to win for
the eighth time in row. Carrothers, the 5-foot-7 junior guard, scored 24 and
Abby Stoddard added 12. North was 11 of 20 on three point shots and that, too,
was a surprise. CPís full court defensive pressure didn't affect the shooting of
North, which lost by just 42-36 to Lawrence North.
CP and Lawrence North, who would have met in the 2019 state Class 4A
championship game had CP defeated eventual state champ Hamilton Southeastern at
the Semistate level, didn't see each other at their best.
But the margin of victories notwithstanding, the Lady Bulldogs rode in, got the
win and got out of town. It's going to be like that all season.
DOG NOTES: On Friday night (Nov. 29), CP pulled away from LaPorte
76-49 as Dash Shaw scored a season-high 25 and Jessica Carrothers added 22.
After nine games, Carrothers was averaging 22.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per
game. Shaw was averaging 13.4 points and 3.6 steals per game. Senior Abby
Stoddard was averaging 11.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. CP was shooting
(79 of 120) 66% from the free throw line and (40 of 150) 27% from three point
On Saturday, December 7, Crown Point will travel to Palatine, Illinois to play
Fremd High School at 5:30 p.m. Fremd (5-0), was 29-5 last year and four starters
from last yearís team returned.
Crown Point will play Salem in the elite Hall of Fame Classic on Friday,
December 27. Brownsburg (6-2) will play Penn (7-0) in the other Hall of Fame
semifinal and there will be a championship game that night.
If youíve never heard of Salem high school, thatís okay. Theyíve probably never
heard of Crown Point. Salem is a small rural town in Washington County, about 30
miles from the Kentucky state line and approximately 250 miles from Crown Point.
The Lions (6-0) are rated No. 2 in Class 3A and they will probably be 10-0 when
they take the floor against Crown Point.
Salem was 24-4 last season before losing the Class 3A Southern Semistate
Championship 48-34 to Benton Central (26-5).
Just three girls graduated off that Salem team and the Lions' zone defense is
led by 6-foot-1 center Letti Nice who blocked 71 shots last season.