The Southlake Carroll girls had their chances Tuesday night against Arlington Bowie. The Dragons led after a quarter and were down five with less than four minutes left.But Carroll could never find its rhythm on the perimeter.The fourth-ranked Volunteers held Carroll to just two 3-pointers and pulled away late for a 55-42 win in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals at Nolan Catholic High School. Bowie will play Duncanville in the Region I semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.Carroll, ranked No. 7 in the final Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, finished 29-5. Bowie (29-2) coach Kelly Carruthers said she emphasized closing out and controlling the perimeter on defense in practices leading up to Tuesday.“I know they’re a great shooting team, so we just wanted to take them out of their game,” Carruthers said. “So that’s what we focused on in practice all week, closing out, boxing out.”Bowie led 24-21 at halftime before the teams exchanged baskets in the opening minutes of the second half. Carroll cut the lead to one point twice and was within a basket with 3:06 left in the third quarter.That’s when Bowie began to separate itself, heading into the fourth up 37-31. From there, Carroll cut the deficit to five on separate occasions before Bowie put the game away in the final two minutes.Carruthers said it was hard to exhale even as Bowie extended its lead late.“I knew it was going to be a close game,” Carruthers said. “We’re both great teams, and to get to this point, it hasn’t been a cakewalk for us.”Bowie’s Nia Roberts led all scorers with 13 points. Kennedy Leonard led Carroll with 11.
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