N. Carroll tops Walkersville, 64-38

December 23, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

This one won't go down as one of the better girls basketball games of the season.

North Carroll still is trying to find its identity as a team, and Walkersville has a long way to go before it is ready to compete against strong teams.

The result of this matchup was a loosely played, foul-marred and turnover-filled game that had North Carroll winning with ease, 64-38, at home.

The Panthers (2-3) jumped off to a 20-4 lead at the end of the first quarter with the help of a subpar Walkersville shooting performance, and there was never any doubt about the outcome after that.

The only question after the first quarter was how many fouls would be called in the game on both teams.

The final count was 25 fouls on Walkersville (2-2) and 22 on North Carroll.

But the evening had to do a good bit to help the confidence of a North Carroll team that is still looking for replacements for Ashlee Douglas at point guard and Michele Jeffery in the middle.

North Carroll is the defending Carroll County champion and has a long way to go to reach the level of the 1992-93 squad.

All 10 Panthers players were used and all scored.

Senior forward Casey Rhoten led the winners with 14 points, and junior Kandi Lippy added nine points.

North Carroll coach Greg Knill said he preferred not to talk about his team's performance because "it's too early in the season. I've decided to wait until after Christmas before I make any comments about how we're playing."

There wasn't a whole lot Knill could say about a game such as this one.

Walkersville really didn't present much of a challenge because it could not even come close to solving the Panthers full-court press.

The visitors turned the ball over almost every time against the North Carroll press.

Walkersville first-year coach Marsha Thompson said: "We knew what to do against the press but our execution was off. We get a little break now and we'll regroup. We're still young."

The Lions missed the first 12 shots it took in the first quarter and would made one of 14 from the field in that period.

The outcome might have been even worse for Walkersville if it had not been for the good outside shooting of Britany Liebegott in the second half.

Liebegott scored 11 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 17 points.

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