WINFIELD — After an easy victory over Atholton last week, South Carroll boys basketball coach Jim Carnes expected his Cavaliers would have a toughertime with the Raiders the second time around.
He was wrong.
The Cavs scored the game's first five points and led from start to finish last night on their way to a 59-42 win over the visiting Raiders.
South Carroll's victory over Atholton, a Howard County school, improved the Cavs' record to 3-1 on the season.
In last Tuesday's game at Atholton, South Carroll dominated early and came away witha 78-66 win.
Last night, the Cavs scored 18 of the game's first 21 points to put the Raiders in a hole they would not climb out of.
After an 0-1 start, the Cavs have reeled off three straight wins.
"I'm pleased with our effort," Carnes said.
"We came out with a lot of intensity and shot the ball fairly well."
Solid first-quarter shooting by South Carroll, along with a tough press that gave Atholton fits, keyed the early lead.
Mike Downs, who finished with 20 points on 10-for-12 shooting, led the way with six first-quarter points, as the Cavs were up, 22-7, after one quarter.
Carnes has been more pleased with Downs' strong rebounding this year. Last night, he finished with nine rebounds. He had 20 rebounds in a game earlier in the season.
"He's (always) been scoring like that. . . .," Carnes said. "This year, he's been doing a great job on the boards for us."
Atholton made a run in the second quarter, cutting the Cavs' lead, to 25-18, midway through the quarter.
But the Cavs chalked up eight of the last 10 points in the quarter and led, 33-20, at halftime.
Then in the third quarter, South Carroll blew it open.
Leading, 39-28, with just under four minutes to play in the third, the Cavs went on an 8-0 run, on baskets by Joe Goodwin, Bryan Stauch, Scott Mills and Downs.
Downs scored the last four points of the quarter to give South Carroll a 51-30 lead.
It was much of the same in the final quarter.
After a Atholton free throw cut the lead to 20 to openthe quarter, South Carroll scored the next six points, with Stauch scoring four of them before reserves entered the game for the Cavs.
Mills scored seven points and added four rebounds for South Carroll,while Goodwin dished out seven assists and had six steals.
The Cavaliers out-rebounded Atholton, 32-25, and forced 21 Raider turnovers.
South Carroll will put its three-game winning streak on the linetonight at Oakland Mills.
The Cavaliers' junior varsity squad dropped to 0-4 on the year with a 42-35 loss against Atholton. Jon Strebe led South Carroll with eight points.