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Looking for a crowning achievement: Crown Point lady hoopsters hungry for state title

By: , November 12, 2019, 2:12 pm

Northwest Indiana has some hardwood queens that want another state crown to add to their regal name.

The Crown Point backcourt of sophomore phenom Jessica Carrothers and senior gunner Dash Shaw is downright spooky. The frontcourt of the Stoddard sisters is sinister. As in, they will have defenders seeing ghosts and running for help all season long.

Not many girls hoop squads in the whole Midwest region of the country boast this kind of firepower. Crown Point hopes Stoddard SQUARED, Carrothers and Shaw trigger a run to a Class 4A state championship in 2020.

Carrothers led the Bulldogs to semistate as a freshman last season. She pumped in 22 points per game in 2019 and opened the 2020 campaign with a 23-point, 11-steal effort in a win last week. Dash, the definition of a natural scorer and high-octane playmaker, transferred in to Crown Point this fall after a family move from Gary West Side. As a junior, she tickled the twine for 25 points per game on a Class 3A sectional-winning club.

Senior Abby Stoddard and sophomore Lilly Stoddard hold things down in the paint and are already attracting heavy college-recruiting interest. Junior Alyna Santiago rounds out the starting lineup and fills the role as defensive stopper.

The Crown Point program won state titles in 1984 and 1985, and finished as runner-up in 1983 and 1997.

So, the Bulldogs are stacked. And the crown in Indy is theirs for the taking. The table is set and dinner is being served. Eat, young ladies, eat.