The North Carroll Panthers girls basketball team will get its secondchance to knock off a top team in the metro area when it travels to Mount Hebron tonight.
The Panthers made good on their first opportunity last Tuesday at home, defeating Glenelg, a Howard County squad that at the time was ranked No. 7 in The Sun's metro area poll.
This week, the Panthers will have to win on the road against a Mount Hebron team that is on a roll.
The Vikings are the top-ranked team in the area after upsetting previous No. 1 Western over the weekend.
Panther coach Greg Knill says his team has a legitimate shot at pulling off another upset.
"We played them very well last year," Knill said of last December's 61-50 loss.
"Mount Hebron has a lot of experience but I think we match up with them very well. We're going to have to play with a lot of emotion and outplay their expertise. After the big win they had, they may overlook us."
In other girls basketball action, the Westminster Owls entered the week undefeatedat 3-0 (before last night's game against Annapolis) and were ranked 14th in the metro area.
They get their chance against 10th-ranked Glenelg at home tomorrow.
The Owls have a balanced attack led by senior Judie Marcus and juniors Tinah Houck and Kenya Warfield.
A key for the Owls will be containing Glenelg senior guard Tannissa Dorsey -- who runs the offense and also is a primary scoring threat for the Gladiators.
In other sports this week:
* Three of the Carroll boys basketball teams will be on the road.
Liberty, 2-2 at the start of the week, will travel to Hammond tomorrow. The Lions have been getting strong inside play from forwards Mike Davidson and Matt Alexander -- both of whom are among county scoring leaders.
Other keycontests tonight have South Carroll taking on Oakland Mills and Westminster facing Howard.
* In wrestling action, the North Carroll Panthers will be participating in the McDonogh Tournament in Baltimore County.
The Panther squad has been hit hard by a virus and flu bugbut still nearly pulled off a big upset last Friday against the state's top-ranked Old Mill team.
The Panthers suffered a 42-24 loss after leading 24-10 with five matches left.
Other schools competingin the McDonogh Tournament will be Gilman, Randallstown, Poly, Southwestern, Carver, Centennial and McDonogh, the host team.
(All time p.m. unless indicated)
Girls basketball: North Carroll at Mount Hebron, JV at 5, varsity at 6:30
Boysbasketball: South Carroll at Oakland Mills, JV at 5, varsity at 6:30; Westminster at Howard, JV at 5:30, varsity at 7
Wrestling: NorthCarroll and Severna Park at Meade, JV at 5:30, varsity to follow
Girls basketball: Francis Scott Key at Boonsboro, JV at 6, varsity at 7:30; Hammond at Liberty, JV at 5:30, varsity at 7; Glenelg at Westminster, JV at 5:30, varsity, 7
Boys basketball: Liberty at Hammond, JV at 6, varsity at 7:30
Freshman basketball: Liberty at Francis Scott Key, girls at 4, boys at 5:30; North Carroll at South Carroll, girls at 4, boys at 5:30
Wrestling: South Carroll at Wilde Lake, JV at 6, varsity follows
Girls basketball: North Carroll at North Harford (TBA)
Boys basketball: Catoctin at North Carroll, JV at 5, varsity at 6:30; Centennial at Westminster, JVat 5:30, varsity at 7
Wrestling: Liberty and Thomas Johnson at Glenelg, JV at 4:30, varsity follows; Westminster at Friends Tournament(TBA); North Carroll at McDonogh Tournament (TBA)
Wrestling: North Carroll at McDonogh Tournament (TBA); Westminster at Friends Tournament (TBA)