N. Carroll outlasts Liberty, 50-43 Girls basketball

February 13, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

In a foul-marred game with many twists and turns, it took some uncanny free-throw shooting by senior Francine Hewes in the final two minutes to lift 12th-ranked North Carroll to a 50-43 victory over host Liberty last night.

Hewes, who kind of heaves the ball toward the basket from the line, hit seven free throws down the stretch to help the Panthers end a three-game losing streak.

Hewes converted three one-and-one situations in the last two minutes and was seven of nine from the line in that stretch.

The senior guard finished with 14 points to lead the sometimes sluggish Panthers (14-5, 5-3 in the Central Maryland Conference and 4-0 in Carroll County).

North Carroll hit 24 of 37 free throws, compared to 11 of 20 for Liberty.

A relieved North Carroll coach Greg Knill said: "All 11 of our players played hard tonight. Francine hustled all night long and we got into the flow a little more than we had been."

Knill continued to rest his starters at length throughout the game as he did in a 59-54 loss at Damascus on Wednesday night.

Kara Tedder hit three free throws in the final two minutes to account for the other three North Carroll points after a Katie Kelbaugh push shot from 18 feet tied it for Liberty at 40 with 2:07 left.

Kelbaugh's rainbow shot completed a frantic fourth-quarter rally by the Lions, who trailed 36-22 with 7:48 left.

Liberty (7-11, 1-7 in the CMC and 1-3 in the county) put itself in the position of having to come from far back when it scored only four points in each the second and third quarters.

The dry spells came after the Lions had taken a 14-6 lead with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. But the fouls started to add up for Liberty the rest of the game and four starters, including leading scorer Amy Wolff (14 points), fouled out.

Wolff was called for her fifth foul with 1:16 left, when the Lions were down, 43-42.

Dani Fostik, Katie Kelbaugh and Dawn Wilhelm all joined Wolff on the bench with five fouls in the final minute.

Liberty wound up with 27 fouls to 19 for North Carroll.

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