Lady Bulldogs defeat Warsaw and Northridge in early season showcase
A USA-365.com Special Report
by Mark Smith
CROWN POINT (4-0)
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - at
Kendall Wayne 1-1-3, Brielle Harrison 4-2-10, Kaylee Patton 1-2-5, Kacilyn Krebs
2-3-8, Bailie Stephens 2-3-7, Audrey Grimm 0-1-1, Abby Sanner 4-1-9, Kensie
Ryman 0-0-0. TOTALS: 14 (13-20) 43.
CROWN POINT (55): Abby Stoddard 4-2-10, Jessica Carrothers 8-4-24,
Alyna Santiago 2-2-8, Dash Shaw 2-0-5, Allie Govert 3-1-7, Lily Stoddard 0-1-1,
Alyvia Santiago 0-0-0, Niki Gerodemos 0-0-0. TOTALS: 19 (9 of 15) 55.
FREE THROWS: WARSAW (13-20, 65%) Krebs 3-5, Stephens 3-4, Harrison
2-2, Patton 2-2, Sanner 1-2, Grimm 1-2, Wayne 1-1.
CROWN POINT (10 of 17, 58.7%) Carrothers 4-5, Abby Stoddard 2-3, Lilly Stoddard
1-4, Alyna Santiago 2-2, Allie Govert 1-3.
ASSISTS: WARSAW (8) Patton 2, Ryman 2, Wayne, Stephens, Krebs,
CROWN POINT (10) Dash Shaw 5, Jessica Carrothers 3, Alyna Santiago 2.
TURNOVERS: WARSAW (19) CROWN POINT (10).
3-GOALS: WARSAW (2) Kacilyn Kreba, Kaylee Patton. CROWN POINT (7)
Jessica Carrothers 4, Alyna Santiago 2, Dash Shaw.
FOULED OUT: NONE.
CROWN POINT (5-0)
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Julianna Weaver 5-0-10, Jaci Walker 5-6-18, Colleen Miller 3-0-8, Julia Mantyla
1-3-5, Erin Mahaffa 1-0-2, Maddu Weinert 0-0-0, Kayla Pippenger 0-0-0, Makena
Knepp 0-0-0. TOTALS: 15 (9-12) 43.
CROWN POINT (68): Abby Stoddard 3-2-9, Jessica Carrothers 13-0-28,
Alyna Santiago 1-0-2, Dash Shaw 6-2-16, Allie Govert 2-1-5, Lily Stoddard 1-0-2,
Alyvia Santiago 1-0-2, Niki Gerodemos 2-0-4, Gabbie Vania 0-0-0, Alexis Smith
0-0-0. TOTALS: 29 (5 of 7) 68.
FREE THROWS: NORTHRIDGE (9 of 13, 69.2%) Walker 6-8, Mantya 3-5;
CROWN POINT (5 of 7, 71. 4%) Shaw 2-2, Abby Stoddard 2-4, Allie Govert 1-2.
ASSISTS: NORTHRIDGE (8) Walker 2, Weaver, Weinert 3, Knepp, Pippenger;
CROWN POINT (10)
Dash Shaw 5, Jessica Carrothers 3, Alyna Santiago 2.
TURNOVERS: NORTHRIDGE (15) CROWN POINT (6)
3-GOALS: NORTHRIDGE (4) Jaci Walkler 2, Colleen Miller 2. CROWN
POINT (4) Dash Shaw 2, Jessica Carrouthers 2, Abby Stoddard.
FOULED OUT: NONE.
(11-23-2019) It’s not fair to judge Crown Point by the margin of their
But after what is basically the same Lady Bulldog team that was 28-1 last
season, it’s hard not to rank early season CP victories by competition and
margin of victory.
After three no-contest victories, CP (5-0) faced two solid teams last Saturday,
defeating Warsaw 55-43 and Northridge 68-43 in a four-team ‘showcase’ at
Warsaw (4-2), despite losing starting guard Kensie Ryman to a second quarter
injury, was within 30-27 in the third quarter and 38-34 in the fourth period
before CP closed out the morning contest.
In a 3 p.m. ‘nightcap’ CP jumped to a 12-4 lead and never trailed against
Northridge (1-5), which was 17-7 last season.
Quality wins. Yes. Impressive? Not really. Crown Point, ranked No. 4 in Class
4A, is still very much a work in progress.
“It’s a testament to our kids that we handled the two games with basically an
hour turnaround,” said CP coach Chris Seibert. “We played two fundamentally
sound teams. It wasn’t always pretty but we were able to get high percentage
shots and defensively we didn’t pressure as much as we normally do.”
“We’re still feeling out our roles. With Lily getting here late because of
volleyball (Lily Stoddard played on CP’s regional champion volleyball team) and
Dash (Gary West Side transfer Dash Shaw) being new, we’re trying to get used to
Crown Point’s trademark full court pressure defense was not especially effective
against Warsaw, who committed 19 turnovers in the game. From an outsider’s view,
there were chances for steals by CP where the Lady Bulldogs didn’t anticipate
the pass that was at-risk.
Crown Point also was somewhat emotionless in the two games. Not that they should
be overly excited by two games in November. But opposing teams are going to look
at CP’s 28-game winning streak last season and their high state ranking this
year and get very excited when the game is close. Warsaw and North ridge seemed
much more excited about playing Crown Point than the Lady Bulldogs did about
“It’s just a different feeling to be the hunted instead of the hunter,” said
Seibert. “We know we’re going to get everybody’s ‘A’ game on a night-in,
night-out basis. The kids are just going to have to be ready for that.”
CP sophomore guard Jessica Carrothers scored 20 against Warsaw and 28 against
Northridge and Jessica’s game looks improved over her freshman season. The
5-foot-7 guard is obviously much more confident in her jump shot than she was
last year when she averaged 21 points a game and was a Top-15 underclass man
“She is a person who is never satisfied,” said Seibert. “Last she could shoot
3s, but not on a regular basis. Now she’s much more consistent with it and it’s
all through her hard work.”
Warsaw trailed 42-36 with 4:20 to play when Carrothers hit a three-point shot
and Abby Stoddard followed with a jump shot to push the lead to 47-36. Against
Northridge, Carrothers scored 20 in the first half as CP built a 40-27 lead.
Dash Shaw, the transfer from Gary West Side, was tentative against Warsaw in
just her fourth game as a Lady Bulldog, but seemed much more confident against
Northridge, scoring 16 points with four steals and five rebounds. Shaw, a
5-foot-6 senior who averaged 21.6 at West Side last season, is in the process of
adjusting to her new school, her new team and a new role. She played with the
ball much of the time when she was with West Side and she is off the ball with
CP because Carrothers is the lead guard.
“Dash has been working very hard and the kids really like her,” said Seibert.
“The biggest challenge for her is to get used to playing the ‘2’ (guard) and all
the plays we have at the ‘2’. We’re definitely going to use her at the point
later on, but we’re throwing a lot of things at her at once.”
Only the top teams are going to play man-to-man defense against CP because of
Carrothers and Shaw, so the Lady Bulldogs want to direct the half court offense
through 6-foot-3 Lilly Stoddard, who was a late arrival for the basketball
season because CP’s volleyball team reached the Semistate level.
“We’ve got to put her in a better position to get the ball,” said Seibert. “But
these other kids have been playing basketball for three months while she’s been
playing volleyball. She can affect the game in so many ways even if she’s not
scoring. But we’re trying to get her involved in pick and roll. But she has not
been with us very long. It’s a fun challenge to have.”
DOG NOTES: Merrillville (4-0) also won twice last Saturday,
topping Northridge 53-52 in overtime and then turning back Warsaw 48-44. Junior
guard Torri Miller scored 17 in the win over Warsaw and senior forward Armani
Cole scored 13 in the win over Northridge.
CP travels to Lawrence North for the Lawrence North Classic this Saturday, but
for those who want to follow the girls, understand that they won’t be playing
Lawrence North (8-0), the second-ranked (Class 4A) team in the state and last
year’s Class 4A state runner-up.
The Lady Bulldogs will play Castle (4-2) at 11:30 a.m. and then stay over after
lunch to take on Columbus North (2-2) at 4 p.m. Lawrence North (6-0), the state
Class 4A runner up last year, will play the same two teams.
“I thought it was set up as a tournament,” said CP coach Chris Seibert. “But
it’s just two games. We’ll play anyone. We don’t normally play any of these
teams so it really doesn’t make any difference to us.”
On Saturday, December 7, Crown Point will travel to Palatine, Illinois to play
Fremd high school at 5:30 p.m. Fremd (3-0), was 29-5 last year on a team with 13
juniors of their 17 total players who played at all on the varsity. Four
starters from last year’s team returned. Fremd, which is listed as having 2,594
students last year, was ranked sixth in the Chicago area in the pre-season and
they are Class 4A in Illinois as is CP in Indiana.
The Vikings were the undefeated champions the Mid-Suburban Conference Western
division in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Fremd has very good size with
6-foot-2 senior Katie Hansen, 6-foot-3 senior Elanor Klink and 6-foot senior
Olivia Hill. 5-foot-10 senior guards Kendall Maloney and Grace Cox are among
those who run in the backcourt.
“Coach (Scott) Reid and I drove to Palantine on Thursday to watch them play,”
said CP coach Chris Seibert of Fremd. Good. Very, very good.”
“There’s 24 teams playing there (at Fremd) that day and all the coaches said
that this is the tournament you want to get in to. Fremd wanted to play us so
we’re playing them. But everybody else is playing someone else. It’s the
tournament you wanted to get into.”
Crown Point rolled over East Chicago 88-16 on Nov. 26 to get to 6-0. After six
games, Carrothers was averaging 23.5 points and six steals per game. Dash Shaw
was averaging 13.2 points and 4.9 steals. Abby Stoddard was averaging 12.5
points and 4.5 rebounds per game. CP was 55 of 85 (65%) from the foul line and
29 of 102 (28%) on three-point shots.