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High school roundup: Carroll tennis duo reaches semis

Carroll tennis players Makenzie Schoeff and Taylor Stanchin had never before seen the doubles pair they saw across the net in the state quarterfinals Friday.

They saw them to the door anyway.

Schoeff and Stanchin brushed aside Tori Schwartz and Kennedy Walter of NorthWood 6-3, 6-2 in the doubles quarters, setting up a semifinal match against Elisabeth Ahlbrand and Brooke Lueken of Jasper in the semifinals at 10 a.m. today at Park Tudor in Indianapolis.

“I think we were just ready and we played well,” Schoeff said.

And no problem having not faced Schwartz and Walter before.

“I don’t think so,” Schoeff said. “The first couple games you just have to learn to adjust to new players. I don’t think it’s any more difficult than playing teams we’ve played previously.”

Clearly unfamiliarity isn’t an issue between Schoeff and Stanchin either, given that this is their first season as a doubles team.

“I would say … toward the middle of the season we started getting into a good groove,” Schoeff said.

Boys basketball

INDIANA 104, KENTUCKY 94: In Lexington, Kentucky, former Bishop Luers standout James Blackmon Jr. scored 41 points to lead the Indiana All-Star team, which got three rebounds from Concordia’s D.J. McCall.

Blackmon, an Indiana signee and son of former Kentucky guard James Blackmon, scored 23 points in the first half as Indiana claimed its 12th straight victory in the series.

Blackmon tied Oscar Robertson for the third-most points in a series and second most by an Indiana player. Robertson scored 41 in 1956. George McGinnis scored the most points in a series game and by an Indiana player with 53 in 1969, and Jim McDaniels scored 42 for Kentucky in 1967.

Tevon Bluiett added 18 points for Indiana while Bryant McIntosh scored 13 and Zach Roberts added 11.

Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, Quentin Snider, who will begin his college career at Louisville this fall, led Kentucky with 37 points.

Girls basketball

INDIANA 83, KENTUCKY 70: In Lexington, Kentucky, Ana Owens scored 26 points to lead the Indiana All-Star team, which also got nine points and eight rebounds from Canterbury’s Kindell Fincher and three points and two rebounds from Homestead’s Sydney Buck.

Whitney Jennings, Indiana’s Miss Basketball and an Iowa signee, added 21 points.

Javonna Layfield led Kentucky with 18 points.

Golf

MUNCIE CENTRAL REGIONAL: Bellmont finished ninth in the team chase. The Braves finished with a 321 and were led by Corey Coshow and Sterling Price, each of whom shot 78 at The Players Club in Yorktown. Among individual golfers, Cal Clouser of South Adams shot an 84, 11 strokes behind the top individuals, Tony Rogers of Lawrence Central and Keenan Bronenburg of Muncie Central.

Signings

Lizz Barrett signed to play softball for Saint Francis. Barrett, a catcher, is a two-time All-NHC first-team pick who batted .429 for the Barons this season. … West Noble soccer players Abel Zamarripa, Brian Macias and Paul Barrientos signed with Ancilla College.

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