Young Meade grows up fast, trounces North County, 78-35

December 05, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

They are small and inexperienced. On paper, they don't see to have much of a chance.

L But on the court, they look like a team to be reckoned with.

Senior guard Derek Barrett, the only returning player at Meade with significant varsity experience, scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the first half, and the visiting Mustangs cruised to a 78-35 win over North County last night in the season opener for both teams.

Barrett, one of four Meade seniors back from last season, found most of his success by beating North County down the floor on the transition. He opened the game by banking in a three-pointer, but did the rest of his damage inside and at the foul line.

Forwards Danny Sancomb and Tyrone Jones scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Meade, which led, 23-6, after one quarter, and 46-12 at halftime.

Junior center Jarryn Avery had eight points for the Knights, losers of 27 straight over the past three years.

"It was just one of those nights," said North County coach Brad Wilson. "Half of it was what they did right, and half of it was what we did wrong. I know we're better than this."

Despite the margin, Meade coach Butch Young wasn't satisfied with his team's performance, either. He still fears that the lack of depth and size -- the tallest starter is 6-4 center Andre McNeil -- will take its toll unless "we develop a couple more ballplayers."

"Everybody we put in there had trouble just handling the ball," said Young, whose 373 career victories ranks second among Anne Arundel County boys basketball coaches.

Meade scored the game's first 11 points before North County junior guard Teon Carter converted off the glass with 5:40 left in the quarter. The Mustangs countered with three layups and six free throws to open a 23-2 lead.

After one quarter, the Knights had more turnovers (seven) and fouls (nine) than points (six).

Meade scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, beginning with another driving layup from Barrett. After Jones made a free throw, Barrett scored inside and drew the foul. His free throw increased the lead to 29-6.

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