N. Carroll, Glenelg move into championship game

December 30, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

North Carroll struggled and scratched most of the way to hold off Francis Scott Key, and Glenelg looked as if it were taking a stroll in the park to pick up a victory over Centennial.

But the bottom line was the same for those two teams -- they advanced to the girls championship game of the North Carroll Holiday basketball tournament at 6 tonight.

It will be a rematch of the first game of the regular season between the two schools, won by Glenelg, 40-26.

Last night, North Carroll missed its first 12 shots but slowly got its act together to turn back Francis Scott Key, 41-26, after Glenelg had breezed past Centennial, 59-34, in the other semifinal game yesterday afternoon.

North Carroll (3-3) fell behind 8-1 in the first quarter, rallied for a 14-9 lead late in the second quarter, got locked in a tight duel in the third quarter and then pulled away in the fourth.

Casey Rhoten and Teresa Mays combined for 22 points to lead the Panthers. Rhoten was a force in the fourth quarter as she grabbed several key rebounds and scored four points.

Rhoten and Mays each finished with 11 points, and Jill Ballard had 10 points.

Maureen Ritcey (nine points) and Melanie Montgomery (eight points) led Francis Scott Key (2-3) in the game that was marred by 42 fouls -- 21 on each team.

North Carroll coach Greg Knill called it "a typical Christmas holiday tournament game . . . a little too sloppy."

It was also a costly win, as the Panthers most likely lost starting guard Amber Fleming for two weeks with a severely sprained ankle.

"Our offensive execution and shot selection was poor in the first quarter and we lost some confidence," said Knill. "We talked about taking the ball to the hoop at halftime and we did a better job in the second half. We're still lacking composure and experience, but it will come with time. We're not that far off from where we need to be at this time of the season."

Key coach Brian Hollingsworth said his team lacks the confidence to use its ability.

"I keep telling them they have the talent to play better," said Hollingsworth. "But I don't seem to be getting through to them."

In the other game, Glenelg broke open a tight struggle in the second quarter with the help of six points by Erica Beall.

Beall and Glenelg (5-1) went in to a full-court press that forced several Centennial turnovers that led to some easy baskets for the winners.

The Gladiators (1-6) outscored the Eagles 17-5 in the second quarter for a 31-17 lead at halftime, then ran away in the third quarter.

Senior center Trish Kilroy led Glenelg with 12 points, and Jill Younce added 10.

Centennial was led by Jeanine Lee's 10 points.

Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst was pleased with his team's performance, especially since it came without starting senior point guard Christina Flowers, who was away on a skiing trip.

"With Flowers gone, the only senior we had out there was Trish Kilroy," said Wallenhorst. "We told the kids to start looking inside for her and it worked. Also, we're getting more aggressive in the press and now we need to stop having those slow starts like we did today."

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