Francis Scott Key trounces winless North Carroll, 71-54 Boys basketball

December 12, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Francis Scott Key seemed to toy with North Carroll in the first half last night before turning up the pressure in the third quarter to pull away from the Panthers for a 71-54 victory in Uniontown.

It was the first win of the season for Key, which had lost to Liberty and North Hagerstown in its first two games.

For the Panthers it was their third straight trouncing of the young season.

The Eagles used a half-court trapping defense to force several North Carroll turnovers early in the third quarter and spark a 12-2 run for a 46-32 lead with 2:51 left in the third quarter.

North Carroll never recovered from the quick Key spurt that featured some nifty drives by Scott Kreit and sharp passing by Jason Smith.

Kreit went on to score 20 points to lead Key and Smith had 17. Paul Coale added 14 for the runaway Eagles.

Kreit, Smith and Coale answered almost every North Carroll rally last night with key baskets, leaving Panthers coach Troy Wareheim shaking his head in disappointment.

"We just didn't have the experience to follow through when we made runs at them," said Wareheim. "Our most experienced player [Mike Roberts] is still out with a leg injury and that really hurts."

With Roberts not around to calm down the Panthers, they forced up several low-percentage shots for the third straight game.

"We shot horrible again," said Wareheim. "This is the third game in which we've shot around 35 percent. I want us to come down court and take the first good shot, but we should be taking better shots than the ones we're getting."

Steve Long, North Carroll's top athlete, showed his agility with some nice moves to the basket and scored 17 points.

But no one else was in double figures for the losers.

Key coach Jeff Cook was happy with his team's first victory but he didn't like the way the Eagles handled the ball.

"We have to take care of the ball better," said Cook. "We really don't have a true point guard, so I have Scott Kreit out there at the point. He's really a two guard. He will have to continue to handle the ball because we have no one else to do it."

Kreit turned in nine assists and had 10 rebounds to go along with his game-high 20 points last night.

Engel led all rebounders with 13.

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