Carroll prevails over U. Dublin

Posted: March 09, 2013

It's the first round of the state girls' basketball tournament, and the defending champions are your opponent.

You're still reeling from a devastating loss in the semifinals of the district tournament.

And to make matters worse, despite earning third place in District 1, you aren't getting the respect that you think you deserve.

Then the defending state champs hit four three-pointers to start the first quarter.

It would have been easy for Upper Dublin to quit Friday night against Archbishop Carroll. Instead, the Cardinals fought back, getting within six points in the fourth quarter before falling to the Patriots, 54-43, in the Class AAAA playoff at Cheltenham.

"We've gotten used to playing big games," Cardinals coach Morgan Funsten said. "I wouldn't say our girls came out intimidated tonight."

The Patriots, ranked sixth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, usually rely on the veteran tandem of forward Sarah Curran and guard Kristie Costantino to motor the offense, but it was their young shooters who made the difference Friday.

Freshman Jess Carney knocked down four three-pointers for 12 points. Sophomore Lexi Stover added three treys for nine points, as Carroll (18-7) was absolutely lights-out from the perimeter in the first half.

"My shot just wasn't going in this year so I just tried to do other things for the team, but I'm just happy that today went well and I can finally step up scoring-wise," Stover said. "It shouldn't always be Sarah and Kristie."

The Patriots sealed the game late, running disciplined offensive sets and hitting their foul shots.

For the Cardinals (24-3), ranked 10th in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the scoring came from the usual sources: explosive senior guard Curtrena Goff and consistently dominant junior forward Regan Gallagher.

Goff had 10 points and six assists, and Gallagher scored a game-high 19 and dominated the glass.

The Patriots will continue defending their title on Tuesday, when they play the winner of the Boyertown-Central Dauphin contest in the second round of the tournament.

Archbishop Carroll 15 7 15 17 - 54

Upper Dublin 9 11 11 12 - 43

AC: Sarah Curran 16, Jess Carney 12, Lexi Stover 9, Kristie Costantino 8, Julia Gantz 5, Olivia DeRogatis 4.

UD: Regan Gallagher 19, Curtrena Goff 10, Lauren Rothfield 9, Brianna Spector 5.


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