S. Carroll defeats Westminster Gettemy's 15 points lift Cavs, 55-48 Girls basketball

January 20, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Close games are supposed to be won by experienced teams, but don't tell that to South Carroll girls coach Al Skierski and his young Cavaliers.

The Cavs opened the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to get by the senior-filled Westminster Owls, 55-48, last night in Winfeld.

It was the county opener for both Girls basketball

teams, as South Carroll evened its mark to 5-5 on the season while Westminster fell to 5-6.

"The girls stepped up and played very big in the end," said South Carroll Al Skierski.

"We beat a very good team. We made some key foul shots and got some big rebounds down the stretch, and did what we had to do to win."

The second half, which started with South Carroll ahead 23-22, was filled with spurts.

The Cavaliers opened the third quarter with a 7-2 run capped by Melissa Gettemy's three-point play to go up 30-24 three minutes in.

The visiting Owls applied a tough, full-court press to answer with an 8-0 spurt midway through the quarter to take a 32-30 lead with 2:52 left in the third.

They opened up a four-point lead in the final minute of the period before South Carroll tied it at 38 going into the fourth.

It looked as if the Cavaliers were ready to break it open at the start of the fourth when they opened their biggest lead at 46-40 with five minutes left.

At that point, however, sophomore forward Nicole Spencer left the game after injuring her right knee and the Owls responded.

They got to within 46-45 with 4:12 left after senior Jessica Farinholt converted a three-point play.

South Carroll sophomore Erin Nauyalis scored back-to-back baskets to build the lead back to 50-45 and the Cavaliers didn't look back.

"We're starting to play as a team, and the kids know if we all play well it will show," Skierski said.

Westminster coach Bernie Koontz said it was the little things down the stretch the Owls didn't do that proved costly.

"We missed some open shots and had a couple of chances to get even and didn't convert," Koontz said.

"South Carroll did a nice job doing the little things at the end of the game to win."

Gettemy led a trio of sophomore Cavaliers in double figures with 15.

Spencer added 12, and Nauyalis had 10. Senior Kenya Warfield had 14 for the Owls, and fellow senior Tinah Houck added 13.

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