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Carter, Schofield, Szul Lead AW Girls Over Northview, 46-32

AW senior Alix Carter shoots the ball in the lane in a game against Northview on December 1. Carter scored 14 points to lead the Generals’ offense in their 46-32 season-opening win. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY JOEL SENSENIG | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne girls basketball team had three players score double figures in a season-opening 46-32 win at home over Northview last Friday. Senior forward Alix Carter (three rebounds, steal) paced the Generals offense with 14 points, while sophomore guard Sam Schofield (six steals, two boards) netted 13 and senior point guard Hannah Szul (two steals) recorded 12 points to go along with a team-high eight boards. “I thought overall we played well,” said AW coach Jeremy Terwilliger. “Especially early in the second half, we did a really good job of executing stuff whether they were in their zone or man and expanding that lead to give us a little cushion.” Carter scored the first five points for the Generals to give them a 5-3 lead three minutes into the game, and they didn’t look back from there, leading the rest of the game. Schofield hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter while Szul added four points to give the home team the 15-11 lead heading into the second. Terwilliger said Schofield showed in the preseason that she was ready to make the jump up to varsity. “She does a great job preparing herself physically and mentally,” he said. “I can’t compliment her enough for that aspect.” AW kept rolling in the next stanza, led by five points by Szul and two apiece from Carter, junior Cailey Miller – who got the start in place of the injured senior Emily Brandeberry – and Schofield, whose reverse layup 15 seconds before the half gave the Generals the 26-19 lead. Anthony Wayne kept gradually adding to its advantage in the third, although Northview’s defensive adjustments in the locker room may have slowed it down somewhat. Still, buckets by Carter, Miller (on a nice touch pass from Carter in the lane) and Schofield, as well as two Szul free throws, gave AW a 35-25 lead heading into the final quarter. Junior Olivia Womack (two assists) found Carter for a trey to begin the stanza, which saw the Generals cruise to the 14-point win, despite making a game-high 10 turnovers in the stanza. (AW had 26 turnovers in the game, while Northview committed 20). “Overall, I was very pleased with our ability to control the clock at some points,” Terwilliger said. “We do definitely need to be more patient in some offensive sets, because I think we have the ability to be a pretty efficient offensive team.” Schofield, making her first varsity start, said the jitters went away once she got out on the court. “We got in the warm-up, the energy was really live and we got off to a really good start, and it just carried through the game,” she said. “When you get off to a good start, it’s definitely easier to feel more confident and feel like you can run your plays and take it a little slower than if you start down in the beginning.” Schofield said the Generals knew they’d have to use their shooters to combat the Wildcats’ zone press. “We had to move the ball really quick and make sure we were smart with the ball, so we didn’t turn it over,” she said. “We just really had to figure out how to mesh, since this is our first game all together in a big setting.” Terwilliger said having Carter, Szul and Schofield form a nucleus with Brandeberry out was key to the victory. “If we can get three people in double digits every game, I’d be really, really happy,” he said. “We need to do a little better job scoring outside of those three,” he added, while noting that the girls off the bench stepped in and performed their roles admirably. “We didn’t lose anything when we had kids coming off the bench, and that’s going to be huge for us.” Miller finished with five points and six boards for the Generals, while sophomore Peyton Wallace had two points and five rebounds and senior Megan Guerrette scored one and had a pair of assists and steals. Senior Alexa Borgerson paced Northview with 10 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Bridgette Stirn had nine points.

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