Linganore keeps its mastery over N. Carroll, 53-45 Girls basketball

January 09, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

There were a number of occasions in the second half where it looked as if the North Carroll girls basketball team was ready to solve the Linganore mystery that has bewildered it in the past four meetings.

When the chances came, however, the Panthers were unable to connect and ended up falling to the defending Class 3A state champions, 53-45, in Hampstead.

With the win, the Lancers improve to 5-3, while North Carroll HTC drops its second straight after a 7-0 start.

After falling behind 31-21 at the half, North Carroll came out hungry in the third and cut the lead to 35-34 on senior Francine Hewes' second straight jumper with 3:23 left in the quarter. The Panthers then had two consecutive possessions with a chance to take the lead, but couldn't find the basket.

"We just never got over the hump," said Panthers coach Greg Knill. "We got our shots, they just didn't go in."

Linganore scored the final two baskets -- a jumper from Jennifer Gloyd and a rebound lay-up from Jessica Ernst -- to build the lead back to five.

"I told our kids at the half they [North Carroll] would come out hard, they always do," said Linganore coach Brian Matthews.

It looked liked the Panthers put all their energies into the third-quarter surge and came out tired in the fourth.

After hitting 10 of 12 free throws in the first three quarters, they connected on only four of 11 in the last frame and could only pull to within four -- 41-37.

Gloyd hit for a game-high 17 points for the Lancers, while Michele Jeffery led the Panthers with 15.

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