Linganore's Consuegra too much for S. Carroll

January 06, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The eighth-ranked South Carroll girls basketball team picked a bad evening to have a severe case of the holiday blues.

Flashy freshman Cara Consuegra and her talented Linganore teammates were in town last night, making life miserable for the Cavaliers on their home floor.

Consuegra put on an all-around girls basketball show, scoring 24 points, getting six steals, running perfect pick-and-rolls with teammate Carrie Jenkins and playing a sound fundamental game.

The performance by Consuegra carried Linganore to a 50-35 victory and ended a five-game winning streak by the Cavaliers.

Consuegra was so proficient that an exasperated South Carroll coach Al Skierski finally screamed, "Who has No. 21 [Consuegra]?" with 3:40 left in the game, moments after the freshman had made an open jump shot from the corner.

Consuegra added a layup for her final two points of the game.

Every time South Carroll (5-2) made a run at the Lancers (5-1), Consuegra took charge with a flurry of baskets.

She scored half her points (12) in the third quarter, when South Carroll made its final charge at the aggressive Linganore team.

"I've known about Cara since she was in the third grade," said Linganore coach Brian Matthews, when asked where he had found the freshman phenom.

"She's been playing in the Linganore Rec Council for a long time. She's a player and has been helped a lot by Carrie Jenkins, whom I believeis one of the best high school players in the state."

Jenkins, a senior, missed most of last season with a broken foot and broke it again this season but continues to play.

With a wise hand like Jenkins around to run pick-and-rolls with Consuegra, there is no telling just how good the freshman will be before the season is out.

Consuegra already moves constantly without the ball, runs through picks and plays as if she has been around for years.

Linganore won the state Class 3A girls championship two years ago.

Skierski said: "There was no stopping Consuegra, but she was just one of our many problems. We haven't played for two weeks, people have been sick and have been out of practice for various reasons."

The South Carroll coach said his players tried to make up for a lack of aggressiveness by playing as "individuals and we can't play that way. We were tired, out of shape and have a long way to go."

Skierski had no problem with Linganore using its full-court press throughout the game, even with 3:25 left when the Lancers had a 15-point lead.

"That's the way he [Matthews] plays," Skierski said. "He sets scoring records like that, but I'm not sure if that is what this game is all about."

The Cavaliers were in trouble early, when 6-8 senior center Nicole Spencer collected her third foul in the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Spencer played little the rest of the game and never got into the flow. She scored only seven points last night.

Amber Clutter led the losers with eight.

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