Wilde Lake routs S. Carroll, 83-57 Luster's 18 points not enough for Cavs

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

Visiting Wilde Lake's inside game proved to be too much for South Carroll as Taronn Evans and Deon Wingfield combined for 50 points in an 83-57 win last night in Winfield.

It was Wingfield doing most of the damage in the first quarter, as the Wildecat guards had few problems getting him the ball inside. He finished the quarter with 12 and 23 on the night, as the Wildecats enjoyed a 25-13 lead after one. Evans added eight of his game-high 27 in the quarter.

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

"I don't know what we could have done defensively."

The visiting Wildecats (9-11) enjoyed an 18-point lead midway through the second quarter when the Wildecats beat the South Carroll press and finished it off with a layup by Evans.

But the Cavaliers (7-15) didn't quit, as Tom Luster put back an offensive rebound in the closing seconds of the half to get South Carroll back to 43-30. Luster would lead the Cavs' with a team-high 18 points.

The outside shooting of Wilde Lake guard Seth Willingham early in the third quarter put the game out of reach.

After the Wildecats saw their 13-point halftime lead diminish to 43-34 in the opening minute of the third, Willingham (16 points) hit a pair of three-point shots and an additional jumper to get the lead to 55-38. They didn't look back from there.

"We were trying to take away their inside game and he hit some big shots," Carnes said. "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 with an uncharacteristic 7-15 on the year.

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."

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.

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