Clutter spurs S. Carroll to upset over Frederick Sophomore gets 19 to lead 48-44 win

February 09, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Amber Clutter said she was listless and tired all day yesterday.

But that changed last night for the sophomore South Carroll point guard when the Frederick Cadets came to town for a Central Maryland Conference girls basketball game.

Clutter scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Cavaliers to an upset 48-44 victory over Frederick at South Carroll.

Clutter, who led all scorers with 19, hit two three-point shots midway through the fourth quarter and added a 15-foot jumper with 2:01 left in the game to push South Carroll (7-9, 4-6) ahead 46-38.

Then with 12 seconds left, Clutter hit both ends of a one-and-one opportunity from the free-throw line for a 48-41 advantage and end any hopes Frederick (10-8, 7-4) had of a late comeback.

Clutter, who finished a close second to Liberty's Amy Wolff for Carroll County Girls Soccer Player of the Year, scored 10 of her team's 14 points in the fourth quarter to break a 34-34 tie at the end of the third quarter.

The season-high scoring performance left Clutter baffled and surprised coach Al Skierski.

"It was my best game this year but I don't know why it happened," said Clutter. "I was tired all day. I haven't had much confidence all season but tonight the shots were going in. I hope I can have more games like this."

Skierski said: "Like a lot of girls on the team, Amber has been hesitant to shoot this season. Since we're not getting anything inside, we need the outside shooting of Amber and players like Amy Thompson."

Clutter's scoring is needed desperately by South Carroll now that scoring and rebounding leader Nicole Spencer (15 points and 11 rebounds a game) is out for the season.

Spencer played in the first 11 games this season before she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament knee injury.

"It's hard for young players like Amber and others on our team to relax and play the game no matter how many times you tell them," said Skierski, whose key players are sophomores and juniors. "They're young and still feel the pressure."

Clutter played on the South Carroll varsity as a freshman last season but is still not comfortable.

"The problem with Amber at the point this season has been she is passing the ball and not getting it back," said Skierski. "Tonight she got the ball back and made the shots."

In the final minutes of the game, Frederick's leading scorer Julie Desmond (16 points a game) tried to shoot her team back into the game but couldn't do it.

Desmond (14 points) hit two of five three-point shots in the final 1:17 to account for Frederick's last six points.

Tameka Garner added 11 points for Frederick, which was coming off a big victory over North Carroll Friday night.

Frederick coach Shelly Garner said: "South Carroll just has our number. This is the second time they've beaten us this year, but they seem to have trouble with North Carroll and Westminster. We've beaten Westminster twice and North Carroll once."

The Cadets coach also said: "Clutter always plays well against us. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's because her mother and I played against each other in softball and she likes to beat me."

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