The Carroll girls' basketball team has picked up where it left off last season, when it registered more than 20 victories. The Lions (5-1) have earned victories over reigning Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season champion Elizabeth Seton and nationally ranked Wichita (Kan.).

"This team is extremely young," Coach Clinton Perrow said. "We're not playing all that well right now, but we're managing to get some wins. That's a positive sign. Because when we start playing better, I'm scared of what we can do."

Playing without last year's leading scorer, Jamilah Corbitt, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the summer, the 14th-ranked Lions have been getting solid play from unlikely sources. Corbitt, who averaged 12.6 points per game last season, is not expected to return until the end of the month.

But in Corbitt's place has been Lyndra Littles. The 6-foot-1 sophomore forward, who averaged only six points in a reserve role last season, is leading the Lions in scoring with 18.7 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding with 10 per game.

Carroll is also getting superb play from senior guards Victoria Clark and Madrienne Shamley and junior guard-forward Charli Jackson. According to Perrow, the Lions are shooting 50 percent from beyond the three-point line.

In their 57-56 victory over Wichita in the Tournament of Champions in Fort Smith, Ark., Clark made four three-pointers. Against Kickapoo (Mo.) in the same tournament, Shamley made a crucial steal in the final seconds to secure a 44-42 win.

Carroll will play its toughest local opponent today when it hosts No. 10 Riverdale Baptist. The Lady Crusaders have reeled off five victories since losing to nationally ranked Plainview (Tex.) in the Rotary Invitational in San Antonio.

-- Judith Evans

Jamilah Corbitt helped the Carroll Lions to more than 20 victories last season, but an injury has kept her off the court this season. Despite the loss, Carroll is off to a 5-1 start and is ranked No. 14.