SOUTHLAKE -- Sole possession of first place in District 4-5A girls basketball came from a "scrappy" Southlake Carroll effort Tuesday night.
In the end, Carroll made a few key runs in a defensive struggle to take a 50-36 win over Richland.
"I think it was more scrappy than grind it out," Carroll coach Teri Morrison said.
"There were points made and we went on some good runs. We live and die by the three and we got all the looks we wanted but we weren't finishing."
Carroll (17-9, 9-1 in District 4-5A) finished with just two 3-pointers, but rode the driving abilities of sophomore point guard Kennedy Leonard through the majority of the second half. Leonard ball-handled her way to the basket for a team-high 19 points.
Senior Kami Mickens followed Leonard, hitting 5 out of 6 free throws, all in the fourth quarter, en route to a 15-point night.
"We got wide-open looks and layups," Morrison said. "As a coach that's a little frustrating because we were working on that drive and kick, but finally we said shoot the ball and lets roll."
Richland (20-7, 8-2) senior standout Destiny Nunley had the most impressive night, scoring 27 of her team's 36 points.
With a Keller Timber Creek win over Keller on Tuesday, Carroll regained the title of top dog in the district, a role to which the Dragons have become accustomed.
"We're the team to beat, like always," Morrison said. "You got to get a dragon. I'm not trying to be confident, but that's what we are."
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