This one wasn't a masterpiece for the unbeaten North Carroll girls basketball team.
The ninth-ranked Panthers (7-0) were sluggish most of the firshalf and found themselves locked in a tight duel with the heavy underdog Fallston Couga But point guard Ashlee Douglas began to take charge in the third quarter for North Carroll, leading a N. Carroll Holiday Tournament
run that carried the Panthers to a 51-40 victory last night in the championship game of the North Carroll Holiday Tournament.
In the boys championship game, 16th-ranked Centennial got aimpressive 29-point, 16-rebound performance by Damian Biggs on the way to an 84-72 victory over host North Carroll.
It was the fifth straight boys title for Centennial in the North Carroll Holiday Tournament.
The Eagles (7-1) had too much of everything for the scrappy Panthers (3-5), who made things interesting for a little more than a quarter.
North Carroll's Steve Long finished with 26 points, including several off-balance shots.
The quicker, taller and more athletic Centennial team rejected nine North Carroll shots, with Biggs blocking three in the first quarter.
Centennial coach Jim Hill said: "We suggested to Damian that he step up his game tonight. He became a little more selfish in this game after scoring only 11 points in the semis."
North Carroll coach Troy Warehime labeled last night's effort "thbest we've played this season. If Biggs didn't have a big scoring night, we might have been able to stay with them. It was important that we didn't come out and play scared."
Hill used mostly reserves in the fourth quarter after his team habuilt a 64-47 lead.
In the girls title game, North Carroll was clinging to a 26-25 leawith 7:08 left in the third quarter when Douglas went to work.
The smooth senior found Michele Jeffery alone under the baskefor a layup that resulted in a three-point play after Jeffery was fouled on the shot with 6:14 remaining.
That pushed the Panthers' lead to 29-25, and a little more than minute later Douglas scored on a spinning layup for a 31-27 lead.
A three-point play by Francine Hewes gave North Carroll a 34-2 advantage.