The high-scoring guard turning heads around Carver this basketball season is Tamere Vanstory. The 5-foot-9 sophomore has pumped in 101 points in three games and she will lead the Cubs against Walbrook at Carver tomorrow (3:30).
"Tamere was ill a lot last season and missed so much time in school, she was ineligible," said Carver coach Cynthia Tucker. "She's a good athlete and tries to get the other players involved in the offense."
The Cubs are 1-2 and had a date with Northern wiped out, but Vanstory's 33.7-point average leads the area.
* The boys Catholic League has opened play, so throw out the previous results and expect to see some exciting results. Yesterday was no exception as Cardinal Gibbons (2-0, 9-4) held off Calvert Hall (0-2, 3-9), 52-50, and Mount St. Joseph (2-0, 9-4) nipped St. Frances (1-1, 5-4), 62-61.
Gibbons was paced by Casey Musick's 15 points. The Crusaders' Quintin Moody hit the front end of a one-and-one with seven seconds remaining to put his team ahead, 52-50. His second free throw was waved off for a lane violation.
Calvert Hall then got off a three-point shot before the buzzer that could have won the game, but missed.
St. Frances also missed a buzzer-beating shot that could have upended Mount St. Joe.
In other games, St. Maria Goretti (1-1, 8-3) rolled to a 93-61 victory over Archbishop Curley (0-2, 3-7) and Loyola (1-1, 6-6) notched a 59-39 win over Towson Catholic (1-1, 3-6).
* Dulaney's Albert Smith went over the 40-point mark for the second time this season, netting 47 in the Lions' 90-74 loss to unbeaten Catonsville. The Comets countered with 19 points each from Marlon Barbour and Teron Owens and 18 from David Clark.
* Free throws can be a valuable asset in winning basketball games. Loch Raven's boys converted 20 of 22 free throws Friday in topping Hereford, 81-59.
And, on the same topic, Glen Burnie's girls went to the free throw line 40 times, converting 18 in a 50-38 victory over Arundel.
That wasn't an area high, however. Patapsco converted 26 of 42 free throws and Towson made 23 of 35 in the same game. Patapsco won 70-63, but imagine sitting and watching a game with 77 free throw attempts.
Top-ranked Western's girls played Forest Park last week and neither team attempted a free throw.
"The game was over in less than an hour," said Western coach Breezy Bishop.
"I won't allow my girls to run up the score," said Bishop. "We wanted five passes before we shot offensively and just ran time off the clock."
Western converted 33 field goals in the 66-15 victory.
* Despite Old Mill's 64-43 victory, Kim Miller of North County scored 13 points Friday night to raise her career total to 988. Miller had 820 points in three seasons at Brooklyn Park before the school merged with Andover last September.
"I expect Kim will go over 1,000 Tuesday [tomorrow] night at Northeast," said North County coach Sally Entsminger.
* Melissa Cuneo had a game-high 17 points and Chris Politz added 14, but it was not enough as St. Mary's won the key Catholic League A Division showdown Friday, 57-46.
Amelia Mikula led the Saints with 16 points and Randall Goldsborough added 15.
* Northeast-AA's Steve Strauss hit six of 12 three-point field goals in the Eagles' 86-52 victory over Southern-AA. Strauss, a 6-3 senior, has connected on 48 percent of his shots from three-point range this season (22 of 46).
* The surprise team in Carroll County has to be the Francis Scott Key boys. Just 1-21 last season, Key already is 4-4 under coach Jeff Cook. The Eagles are pressing and trapping all over the court and are sparked by Scott Kreit (17 ppg), Larry Haines and Dave Layman.
* Kelly Foreman is the leader behind the Liberty girls' fast start this season. The Lions were only 3-21 last winter, but won their own holiday tournament and are 5-5 thus far.
The Lions dropped their first Central Maryland Conference contest to Linganore, which is 7-1 overall.
* Milford Mill is seeking a varsity football opponent for Sept. 20. Contact coach Chuck Weitz at 887-0734.
* Reminder: Update records and scoring stats before noon on Wednesdays at 332-6669.