Top boys, girls shine in county tournament

Recreation roundup

March 23, 1993|By Mike Nortrup | Mike Nortrup,Contributing Writer

It would have been wise to bet your money on the top teams going into this weekend's Carroll County Boys and Girls Basketball Leagues post-season tournaments.

Westminster I, the Girls' League's regular-season unbeaten Junior Division first-place finisher, stayed that way in topping Mount Airy I, 20-6, to win the post-season title Sunday afternoon at Francis Scott Key High.

The second game, a battle of regular-season unbeatens, saw Westminster whip the Westminster Warriors, 44-36, for the Senior Division tournament crown.

Regular-season Boys' League A Division champ Gamber-Smallwood ripped Westminster, 47-29, in Sunday's tournament title game at South Carroll High.

In the B Division championship, unbeaten regular-season titlist Westminster knocked off St. Joseph's, 39-26.

The Girls' League Junior game started slowly, with Westminster leading only 3-2 after the first quarter.

Erin Leaf's layup put Mount Airy ahead 4-3 in the first minute of the second quarter. This, though, would be Mount Airy's last basket of the game and it would score only two more points the rest of the way.

Jessie Suter's 15-footer moments later sent Westminster ahead to stay, 5-4.

Kayleen Smith's four points helped expand Westminster's lead to 12-4 at halftime.

While Westminster's offense was only so-so in the first half, and not even that in the second, its defense shone throughout.

A pressing 1-3-1 zone continually pushed the Mount Airy offense away from the Westminster basket.

In the process, Westminster guards Cathy Frame and Kirsten Love spent a good part of the afternoon swiping the ball from their harassed Mount Airy counterparts and forcing other turnovers because of bad passes.

Westminster was unable to capitalize on its many chances down the court and Mount Airy was still within striking distance, trailing only 14-5 after three quarters.

But Love applied the clincher in the final period when she made two 20-foot jump shots from the right side to make it 18-6.

Mount Airy coach Dennis Ahalt, though, was not too distraught. He noted that four of his players, including center Jennifer

Altman who did an excellent rebounding job, never had played basketball before this season.

"I was just happy to get here," he said.

So was Westminster I, which broke open a close Senior Division game in the second quarter and steadily pulled away to a big lead before a belated Warriors' rally made the final score more respectable.

A key for the winners was center Jill Ibex, who led all scorers with 18 points, mostly on short jumpers from her low-post position and on follow-up shots.

The Warriors countered with point guard Kim Frame who, along with her Westminster I counterpart, Courteney Wunderlich, were the quickest players on the floor.

Frame's 11 points led the Warriors.

The quick-paced but ragged play in the first quarter resulted in numerous turnovers and missed shots by both teams.

The Warriors took their last lead of the game, 8-7, on Katie Curtin's three-point play.

But Westminster I then took a 9-8 lead on Wunderlich's driving layup at the buzzer.

Two follow-up shots by Julie Cooper and six points from Ibex keyed a 13-4 second-quarter run that put the yellow-clad Westminster I team up 22-12 at halftime.

The final period saw the Warriors come to life as Frame scored eight points, mostly on driving shots in the lane, and Curtin hit three long jumpers from the left side.

L But Ibex scored seven points, keeping her team safely ahead.

The Warriors got no closer than the eight-point final margin.

In 1991, Gamber-Smallwood went 18-0 and dominated the Boys' League B Division.

And now, two years older, those same youngsters have done it in the A bracket.

Sunday's championship win gave them a 16-1 combined record.

The combo of center Jerry Webb and forward Steve Flora were instrumental in the three wins that qualified Gamber for the finals.

Flora's most important points might have been the five he scored in overtime when his team beat Winfield, 46-40, in the semifinal game.

The finale saw Westminster ahead 8-6 after the first quarter, but Gamber unleashed its running game in the second quarter, outscoring Westminster 14-4 and taking a 20-12 halftime lead.

Gamber finished Westminster off in the final period, outscoring it 16-7.

Flora's 23 points led all scorers, and Webb, hobbled by an injured ankle, had 12.

Justin Geiman added 10 for the winners.

Mike DePinto and Tim Frame had 12 and 10, respectively, for Westminster.

St. Joseph's, only fourth in the regular season, battled gamely into the B Division finals before falling.

It's biggest win came against Winfield in the semifinal game when it overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win, 47-45.

In the championships, St. Joseph's hung close in the first half, trailing only 17-13 at intermission.

But Westminster's defenders, notably Jeremy Frisby who had 10 steals and Ajaya Smith who had a big day on the boards, keyed a 13-5 third quarter, which left it ahead 30-18 entering the final period.

Guard Quinton Woodyard paced the winners with 10 points, and Bryan Bandy had a game-high 14 for St. Joseph's.

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