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Southlake Carroll girls lock up fifth straight district crown

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Guard Kennedy Leonard scored 15 points and post Madison Drescher added 12 as Southlake Carroll rolled to a 69-32 victory over Keller in a District 4-5A game Tuesday.

The victory clinches the district title for Carroll (25-4, 12-0 4-5A) as it holds the tiebreaker by sweeping Keller with two district games remaining.

It is Carroll’s fifth consecutive outright girls district title.

“It doesn’t get old,” Leonard said. “This is my third year and we wanted this to be a short-term goal and we accomplished that. It was much more balanced for us tonight and that gives us confidence going into the playoffs.”

Carroll, No. 7 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A state poll, opened the game with a 17-2 run and never looked back.

Leonard had nine points in that run and Drescher dominated the middle.

The effort was more indicative of what Carroll’s offense can produce with dynamic low-post play as opposed to Friday’s victory over Justin Northwest, where most of the scoring came from the perimeter.

“Finally got into double-digits scoring and I felt like my old self tonight,” Drescher said. “It’s taken me some time to get back in the swing of things but having a presence in the middle will help us in the postseason.”

Victoria Gonzalez and Kennedy Kress had nine points each to lead Keller (20-6, 10-2), but the Indians couldn’t stay with the Dragons early.

The Indians were 1-of-14 to open the game before Gonzalez started to stabilize Keller’s offense.

Still, Carroll had another 12 points from Lexi Smith and the Dragons were 17-of-37 from the floor in the first half.

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