N. Carroll clinches county title tie Girls basketball

February 17, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

North Carroll showed last night why it is closing in on the county girls basketball championship.

The Panthers were able to go 11 players deep to overcome adversity throughout the game and turn back high-scoring Kenya Warfield and Westminster, 71-59, to clinch a tie for the VTC county title.

Warfield, a 5-foot-10 senior, scored a career-high 30 points in a tremendous show that was easily the best individual performance this season in the county.

Warfield had over half of her team's points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked six shots and had two steals.

All North Carroll (15-5, 4-0 in the county) needs to do is win one of its last two county games against Liberty and South Carroll to wrap up the championship.

"We can control our own destiny," said Panthers coach Greg Knill. "And that's the way we like it. We're playing well again after those three straight losses. Hopefully, we gained something out of that adversity."

Senior point guard Ashlee Douglas said of the clinching of a tie: "It feels good to be close to one of our goals. Now we're looking to win the regionals but that's going to be tough against an unbeaten Middletown team."

Middletown is ranked first in North Carroll's 2A region, with the Panthers second as the season enters the final two weeks.

North Carroll has won two straight since the three-game losing streak.

Junior Jenny Baker led the Panthers with 16 points and senior scoring star Michele Jeffery recovered from a slow start to finish with 15 points.

The Panthers wrapped up the game by scoring 13 of the last 15 points after the Owls were trailing by just 58-57 with 3:56 left.

North Carroll went on a 10-0 run to lead 68-57 with two minutes remaining. Jeffery had four points and Baker, Douglas and Francine Hewes each scored two in the 10-0 spurt.

Westminster (8-11, 2-3 in the county) was eliminated from contention for the county title.

Owls coach Bernie Koontz said: "They were more disciplined than we were. We didn't do the things needed down the stretch to win."

Koontz liked Warfield's 30-point effort but he said: "We're not setting our offense up for one person. We need to get everybody involved."

One of those players not involved in the offense was junior wing guard Brooke Holland, who took only two shots. Holland is the team's second leading scorer and finished with just two points.

Douglas ran into more foul problems last night and had to sit out long stretches.

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