N. Carroll rolls over T. Johnson

January 30, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

No. 8 North Carroll made it loud and clear early on last night what it wanted to do offensively against visiting Thomas Johnson -- pound the ball inside to Michele Jeffery.

The senior forward responded with 19 first-half points to help build Girls basketball

an overwhelming 36-10 halftime lead. She finished the night with 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Panthers past Thomas Johnson, 61-49.

"Coach Knill told us before the game to shove it inside because they only had the one big girl. I shot a lot higher [percentage] tonight," Jeffery said.

The Panthers (13-2) controlled the inside from the start as they went to Jeffery on the first two possessions of the game and came away with five points. She finished the quarter with 13 as the Panthers took a 17-8 lead.

"She really showed her dominance inside and did a nice job staying active and controlling the boards," said North Carroll coach Greg Knill.

The Panthers, which outrebounded Thomas Johnson 42-22 on the night, played one of their best quarters of the season in the second when they outscored Thomas Johnson 19-2.

Six different Panthers scored in the quarter with senior Francine Hewes getting six of her 12 points on the night. They mixed it up defensively with a full-court press and tight man-to-man to shut down the Patriot attack.

"I was very pleased with the overall effort tonight. We're working very hard on playing good, solid defense -- stepping things up when we play some of the better teams," Knill said.

After struggling throughout the first half from the outside, Thomas Johnson caught fire in the third quarter hitting on its first five shots -- including a pair of three-pointers.

The closest the Patriots could get in the third was 42-25 with 3:41 left.

North Carroll's Kara Tedder played a strong inside game in the absence of Casey Rhoten, who is day-to-day with a bad knee. She helped out Jeffery with eight rebounds and added four points.

Senior point guard Ashlee Douglas had another solid overall effort, finishing with five points, six steals and four assists.

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