N. Carroll nips Westminster, 45-43 Girls basketball

January 23, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Senior Francine Hewes' driving layup with 49 seconds left proved to be the game-winner, as North Carroll withstood a furious Westminster comeback to come away with a 45-43 win last night in Westminster.

The visiting Panthers (11-2) seemed to have things going their way midway through the third quarter when they built their biggest lead, 31-15.

A 24-4 Westminster run starting at the end of the third quarter and continuing into the fourth changed that and gave the Owls (5-7) their first lead at 39-35 with less than four minutes left.

But North Carroll senior point guard Ashlee Douglas made six straight free throws to get the Panthers even at 41.

Westminster's Kenya Warfield got free inside to give the Owls a 43-41 lead with under two minutes left. North Carroll junior Jenny Baker stole the ball and fed it to a driving Michele Jeffery to tie it at 43 with 1:18 to play.

Hewes hit the final basket with 49 seconds left, and the Panthers defense did the rest.

"You got to give [Westminster] a lot of credit. They showed a lot of heart," North Carroll coach Greg Knill said.

"We got a little tired in the last part of the third and early fourth and they got back into it," he added. "I'm proud of the kids, and I think thiswin will help us later in the season. These are the kind of games you have to win and have to find a way to respond."

A strong inside effort offensively from Jeffery -- particularly in the first quarter, when she scored the Panthers first seven -- and a strong defensive effort from the North Carroll guards helped the Panthers build a 23-15 lead at the half. Jeffery finished with a team-high 15 points.

Senior Tinah Houck scored a game-high 19 points for the Owls -- including seven third-quarter points to help Westminster get back in the game.

"I really can't ask for a whole lot more," said Westminster coach Bernie Koontz.

"The kids played hard and together and didn't quit. This was the kind of effort you coach for."

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