Wilde Lake routs S. Carroll, 83-57 Evans, Wingfield combine for 50

February 23, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Wilde Lake tuned up for the regional playoffs with a 83-57 rout of South Carroll last night in Winfield.

Wildecats seniors Taronn Evans and Deon Wingfield combined for 50 points inside to go with Seth Willingham's 16 from the outside.

It was the inside play of Evans (27 points) and Wingfield (23) that helped build the Wildecats (9-11) a 43-30 halftime lead.

"We obviously had a big height advantage over South Carroll, and the kids did a good job with our interior passing," said Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis.

"Taronn and Deon were lighting it up inside -- they are really playing very well."

Willingham hit a pair of three-point shots off a collapsed Cavs defense early in the third quarter after the Cavaliers (7-15) had pulled to 43-34.

His second three-pointer -- with a little more than five minutes left in the third -- gave the Wildecats a 51-38 lead, and he would later add a basket to push the lead to 55-38.

"He struggled a bit in the first half, and at halftime we just told him to relax and follow through on his shots. He really started to stroke it after that," Ellis said.

"They really beat us bad inside," said Cavaliers coach Jim Carnes.

"I don't know what we could have done defensively. We were trying to take away their inside game and he hit some big shots. They're very talented offensively and beat us inside, outside and beat our press."

It wasn't a typical season for the Cavaliers, who finished 7-15.

Going into the season, Carnes was almost lost for words on what to expect from his young Cavs.

South Carroll's 17-year coach said: "I've never had a situation like this in all my years here -- nothing close."

The Cavaliers lost their top eight players from the previous season to graduation.

There wasn't a single letter-winner on this year's squad and only two, seniors Mike Yokay and Brian Kemp, had previous varsity experience.

For the first time in six years, the Cavs didn't finish with a winning mark and won't be headed for the region playoffs. But not all was lost for Carnes and the Cavaliers, who finished second behind Westminster at 4-2 in the county.

"I've had as much fun this season as any," he said.

"I wasn't sure whether we'd win any games this season. To see the improvement from Day One to now was a lot of fun. The kids worked hard all season long."

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