North Carroll girls take 77-33 win over Franklin North Carroll tournament

December 30, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The unbeaten and ninth-ranked North Carroll girls basketball team just keeps getting better and better.

Last night, the Panthers (6-0) were so sharp after a 10-day layoff that they even surprised coach Greg Knill.

"I never expected us to play this well," said Knill after his team blitzed Franklin High, 77-33, in the girls semifinals of the North Carroll Holiday tournament. "We were sharp and played remarkably well."

Even that may be an understatement.

With Michele Jeffery going on a season-high 24-point scoring tear and getting 15 rebounds, the Panthers blew away the

Indians from the start.

North Carroll, using a full-court press against the young Indians, waltzed to a 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, increased the advantage to 45-8 at halftime, and the rest was history.

The Panthers will meet Fallston (3-2) tonight at 6 o'clock in the girls championship game.

In a boys semifinal game last night, North Carroll (3-4) held off a torrid second-half rally by winless Franklin (0-6) for a 58-56 victory.

It was the third straight win for the Panthers, who will meet Centennial (6-1) tonight at 8 in the championship game.

North Carroll got the winning basket with three seconds left on a tap-in by Chris Heefner.

Franklin attempted to win the game on a three-pointer by William Collins with one second left, but Collins' shot rimmed the basket and fell off.

Collins scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indians back from a 45-37 deficit at the end of the third quarter.

North Carroll held a 40-23 advantage at halftime but fell prey to a third-quarter Franklin press that resulted in four turnovers by the Panthers. Franklin turned all four of those turnovers into baskets in the third quarter.

Collins had tied the game at 56 with three straight free throws with 33 seconds left. Collins received the three free throws when he was fouled on a three-point shot by Steve Long.

Long led North Carroll with 14 points, and Heefner had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Johnny Davis led Franklin with 15 points.

In the girls' semifinal game, North Carroll coach Knill went to his bench as early as the second quarter and continued to alternate his starters with subs the rest of the game.

"We kind of settled things down after the early press," said Knill. "We didn't want to be rude."

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