Carmel wins tough battle with Westfield

Carmel’s Mackenzie Wood (right) looks for an opening while being guarded by Westfield’s Annabelle O’Hair during the Greyhounds-Shamrocks girls basketball game Tuesday at the Eric Clark Activity Center. (Richie Hall)

In a tough all-county battle, the Carmel girls basketball team extended its record to 12-0 by beating Westfield 58-40 Tuesday at the Eric Clark Activity Center.
The Shamrocks led the Class 4A No. 1 Greyhounds 14-13 after the first quarter. Carmel came back to lead 31-24 at halftime, then began to pull away in the third period, leading 46-30. Westfield got to within 48-38 late in the fourth quarter, but the ‘Hounds clinched the game with an 8-0 run.
Carmel coach Tod Windlan credited Westfield with playing “really hard” and competing to win the game.
“I think we just kind of showed up at times out there,” said Windlan. “We played in spurts, and luckily some of the spurts were good enough to get us a cushion to win the game.”
Amy Dilk scored 16 points to lead Carmel, with Blake Smith adding 11 and Tomi Taiwo scoring 10. Dilk also had eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
Jasmine McWilliams collected eight rebounds, with Smith grabbing five. Taiwo made five steals and Molly Gillig got four steals.
Annabelle O’Hair led the ‘Rocks with 11 points, while Sophia Kreag corralled seven rebounds. Karley Wininger had four steals and Ryann Bunting blocked two shots.
Carmel is now 12-0 for the season, the best start in program history. The Greyhounds will play at Brownsburg on Friday. Westfield is now 8-3 and plays a Hoosier Crossroads Conference game at Zionsville on Friday.
Carmel won the junior varsity game 43-28. Tally Seitz scored 17 points for the Greyhounds, with Gigi Eldredge scoring eight for the Shamrocks.

Carmel’s Mackenzie Wood (right) looks for an opening while being guarded by Westfield’s Annabelle O’Hair during the Greyhounds-Shamrocks girls basketball game Tuesday at the Eric Clark Activity Center. (Richie Hall)

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