N. Carroll cruises to 63-37 win

January 28, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Senior forward Michele Jeffery's 18 points led a balanced North Carroll attack as the Panthers coasted to a 63-37 victory over South Carroll last night in Hampstead.

An overwhelming inside game and a stifling full-court press was the key for the eighth-ranked Panthers, who improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the county.

The Cavaliers (5-7, 1-2) missed the inside play of their leading scorer and rebounder, Nicole Spencer, who is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury last week.

The Panthers took full advantage of their superior inside strength. Along with her 18 points, Jeffery collected nine rebounds and junior forward Casey Rhoten added 10 points and eight rebounds.

North Carroll coach Greg Knill was pleased with the overall effort.

"We wanted to establish a four-quarter game and we did that," he said.

"We got off to a slow start, but had things rolling by the second quarter. I thought Michele, Casey, Kara [Tedder] and Jill [Ballard] all played very well inside. I'm pleased with the overall effort."

The Panthers' team speed showed up in the second quarter, and their full-court press signaled the beginning of the end for the visiting Cavaliers.

With the Panthers leading 15-13 midway through the quarter, they went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-point lead. The Panthers had five steals in the stretch and finished with 16 for the game.

"We had some problems holding onto the ball and making good decisions," said South Carroll coach Al Skierski.

"A lot of it had to do with playing under pressure, and it takes a while to learn how to deal with it."

A 20-point third quarter put the game out of reach as the Panthers went into the fourth with a commanding 45-27 lead.

Jeffery showed why she is the most dominant inside player in the county by scoring seven points in the big third quarter.

A pair of Jeffery's baskets came off feeds from senior point guard Ashlee Douglas, who played a solid all-around game, including four steals and a handful of assists.

Skierski said the Panthers' advantage in size was the big difference.

"We had a tough time matching up with them and just didn't box out," he said.

"We're a very small team and we need all five players active and rebounding. Missing Nicole also hurt us a lot."

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