Carroll high school hoop teams will try to rebound this week after aso-so opening in Central Maryland Conference play.
Carroll's boysteams struggled last week, going a combined 0-6 against Frederick County teams in CMC play.
The girls had a little more success last week with three CMC winsagainst Frederick County opponents, highlighted by Liberty's one-point squeaker against Frederick on Jan. 7.
This week doesn't look tobe any easier for the boys, with three conference games slated on the road Friday: Liberty (5-5 overall, 0-1 in the CMC) travels to Thomas Johnson (8-2, 2-0); South Carroll (5-4, 0-2) visits Frederick (8-1,2-0); and Westminster (4-6, 0-1) battles Linganore (8-2, 2-0).
The most interesting matchup appears to be the South Carroll-Frederick contest.
The Cavaliers are looking to get on track after losing consecutive conference games to Thomas Johnson and Linganore last week.
To turn things around, they will need more point production from their front-court people. In their 69-37 loss to Thomas Johnson last Friday, the Cavs' starting frontcourt of Mike Downs, Mike Yokay and Bryan Stauch scored a combined 14 points.
Senior guard Richard Snowden leads the attack for Frederick; he scored 25 points in a 67-50 win over Westminster last week.
North Carroll, entering the week at 5-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference, will take a break from CMC action Friday by traveling to Damascus. Francis Scott Key, 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League at the start of the week, visits Brunswick.
In girls action, Liberty's Lions will get a chance to improve to 2-0 in the conference Friday when they entertain Thomas Johnson (0-2 in the CMC).
The Lions followed up their win against Frederick with a 56-17 drubbing of City College in Baltimore on Friday.
"We're working hard on getting more intensity and took astep in the right direction against Frederick. We're a very young team, and Thomas Johnson is the next step on the path," Liberty coach Tom Delise said.
In other sports this week:
* The Western Maryland College women's basketball team will be hosts for a pair of MiddleAtlantic Conference section games, beginning with a visit from league-leading Franklin and Marshall tomorrow night at the Gill Center.
Western Maryland is 0-1 in conference play. F&M entered the week with a 3-0 mark.
* Three Carroll junior wrestlers have been selected to participate in the second-annual Mason-Dixon quad meet, beginning at noon Saturday at Perry Hall Senior High in Baltimore County.
Randy Holmes and Tommy Kiler of Manchester and Charlie Conaway (Warriors) will help represent Maryland in the all-star event, which featuresteams from Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.
The competition involves wrestlers ages 13 and under in 18 weight classes, 60 through 160 pounds. Manchester's Ken Kiler will serve as assistant for the Maryland team.
(All time p.m. unless noted)
Men's basketball: Muhlenberg at Western Maryland, 8
Wrestling: Westminster/Woodlawn at Randallstown, 3:30
Freshman basketball: Francis Scott Key at North Carroll, girls at 4, boys at 5:30
Women's basketball: Franklin and Marshall at Western Maryland, 7
Boys basketball: Francis Scott Key at Brunswick, 6 and 7:30; Liberty at Thomas Johnson, 6 and 7:30; North Carroll at Damascus, 5:15 and 6:45; South Carroll at Frederick, 5:30 and 7; Westminster at Linganore, 6 and 7:30
Girls basketball: Brunswick at Francis Scott Key, 5:30 and 7; Thomas Johnson at Liberty, 5:30 and 7; Damascus at North Carroll, 5:30 and 7; Frederick at South Carroll, 5:30and 7; Linganore at Westminster, 5:30 and 7
Men's basketball: Western Maryland at Moravian, 8
Women's basketball: Lebanon Valley at Western Maryland, 2
Men's, women's swimming: Scrantonat Western Maryland, 2
Wrestling: Francis Scott Key at Walkersville, 2 and 3:30; Westminster at Frederick, 1 and 2:30
Freshman basketball: Francis Scott Key at South Carroll, girls at 4, boys at 5:30
Wrestling: North Carroll at Eastern Vo-Tech, 3:30 and 5
Freshman basketball: North Carroll at Westminster, girls at 4, boys at 5:30