Cavs repeat win over Lions

December 21, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Not much changed for this rematch.

With last night's 42-28 victory, No. 12 South Carroll scored its second straight upset of cold-shooting No. 10 Howard in a week.

The victory is the third straight for South Carroll against Howard County teams. The Cavaliers (4-1) soared from unranked to No. 12 after beating Howard last Monday and No. 14 Wilde Lake, 45-41, Friday.

In the first meeting, the Cavaliers dealt Howard its first loss of the season, 39-23, at South Carroll. The Lions hit just eight of 48 shots in that game, and it didn't get any better last night.

In almost an exact rerun, the Lions shot just 22 percent from the field and hit a couple of long scoring droughts in the rematch at Howard. The struggling offense, combined with the Cavaliers' tough hustling zone defense, doomed the Lions (3-2).

"We can't find the basket from more than 10 feet away from it," said Howard coach Craig O'Connell. "Until we find somebody who can put the ball in from outside, we'll face this all year. We'll be zoned to death. They'll collapse inside and dare us to shoot until we prove to people we can hit."

Just as it had a week ago, the game got away from Howard in the second quarter. The Lions turned over the ball nine times, contributing to an 11-point Cavaliers run.

South Carroll showed some offensive balance as four different players -- Amy Stephenson, Amber Clutter, Erin Nauyalis and Carrie Tamburo -- scored in the rally. The Lions, who had tied the game at 8-8 with 2:06 to go in the first quarter, did not score again until 1:27 remained before halftime. Megan Boehm hit a short jumper off a steal and added a baseline jumper at the one-minute mark for the Lions' only points of the quarter. At halftime, the Lions trailed 23-12.

In the fourth quarter, the Lions rallied to pull within 31-26 on Emily Moore's eight-foot jump shot, but they never got closer, hitting only one of their final 13 shots.

The Lions never seemed in sync offensively. "We just need to learn how to work together," said senior guard Moore. "Last year, our chemistry was good and this year we need to build up to where it was last year."

Last week, the Lions played without 5-9 junior forward Mona Jackson, who had averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds through the first two games. Jackson, out of town for the last game, returned to the lineup last night but got into early foul trouble. She managed only six points and eight rebounds.

For the Cavaliers, the offense wasn't great either as they shot only 31 percent.

"Our girls still aren't shooting really well, but they're playing good defense," said Cavaliers coach Al Zkierski. "Last week, it was the same thing -- the offense didn't really work well but it was a battle of who played a little bit better defense."

Cavaliers 5-10 junior forward Nicole Spencer had another strong outing with a game-high 12 points and seven rebounds.

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