Jeffery's 20 spark N. Carroll to 64-58 victory Girls basketball

December 19, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

In a game that often resembled a track meet, No. 12 North Carroll reached the finish line first.

Michele Jeffery scored 20 points and host North Carroll had to hold off a late rally by North Harford to score a 64-58 victory last night in a battle of unbeatens.

North Harford uses a run-and-gun, bombs-away offense that seemed to surprise North Carroll (5-0) a little at first. Both teams raced up and down the floor, with the score tied at 19 after one. Gradually, however, North Carroll began to take control and led 40-34 at halftime.

"It was kind of a shell shock to us," said Jeffery. "We kind of sucked it up and got [going]."

North Harford (2-1) hit three three-pointers in the first quarter alone. Overall, the Hawks made six of 16, but missed 10 of their final 13.

The Hawks scored 85 and 70 in victories over York Tech and North East-Cecil, but its offense never got in gear, mainly due to foul trouble.

The Panthers took advantage of that foul trouble. The Hawks, at one point, had four starters with four fouls early in the final quarter.

Eventually, two fouled out in the final three minutes, blunting any hopes of a comeback.

Those starters sat out long stretches, and North Carroll took advantage, especially in the second half. The Panthers, led by Jeffery, Ashlee Douglas and Francine Hewes, took a 56-41 lead after three.

North Harford put its starters back on the court for the fourth quarter and rallied. The Hawks scored the first eight points of the period, capped by a three-pointer by Jennifer Walter (16 points) that cut the lead to 56-49 with 4:09 left. The Hawks, however, never got closer than the final margin of six.

"That's a lot of experience [sitting out]," said North Harford coach Lin James. "We were running a lot of 10th-graders under a lot of pressure."

Also, the Hawks hit only four of nine from the line in the fourth quarter. And, they missed 13 of 19 from the field.

"The [key] was not losing our composure," said North Carroll coach Greg Knill.

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