Jenkins and Linganore prove to be too much for Westminster, 69-48

January 15, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Carroll County girls basketball teams don't fare too well against Frederick County power Linganore.

Last night the Lancers (10-3) defeated Westminster, 69-48, so now they have beaten Carroll County's top two teams, Westminster (7-3) and South Carroll, by a combined score of 119-83.

Senior Linganore point guard Carrie Jenkins, whom Lancers coach Brian Matthews calls the best girls player in the state, put on a clinic at Westminster last night with her passing, ball-handling and three-point shooting.

Jenkins scored 23 points, handed out nine assists, had six steals and broke down the Westminster defense.

Jenkins hit two three-point shots in the first quarter to draw the Owls out on her, and then drove through them the rest of the night for layups off transition.

Jenkins often came down the court, used cross-over dribbles with both hands and either went in for the layup or found an open teammate.

Many of her passes were of the no-look variety, and one in particular stood out midway through the fourth quarter. With freshman standout Cara Consuegra trailing on the play, Jenkins drove the lane and gave a no-look, drop pass right to Consuegra for a wide-open layup.

That was the highlight of the night for the girl who is still playing with a broken bone in her foot.

"She [Jenkins] gets better every game," said Matthews. "She was unbelievable Thursday night against Thomas Johnson when she had 16 assists. I think she spread all those assists around to everybody on the team."

The Linganore show might have been more impressive if Consuegra had not collected her third foul in the first half and played tentatively the rest of the night.

Consuegra burned South Carroll last week for 23 points in a 50-35 win for the Lancers. Consuegra only scored 10 last night, and Jackie Beach had 17 for the winners.

When Matthews was asked how close Linganore was to being where he wanted the team at this time of the season, he said: "How far away is Catonsville [Community College, site of the 3A girls championship game]?"

Westminster has showed a lot of improvement over last season, but the Owls fell behind, 16-5, at the end of the first quarter last night and were never really in the game.

Westminster scored the final eight points of the first half but still trailed, 38-22, at halftime. It rallied to close the lead to 56-44 with four minutes left in the game but Linganore spurted again to run off to the 21-point victory.

Cassie Conklin led Westminster with 12 points and Julie Backof had 10.

Owls coach Bernie Koontz said: "We had a couple of spurts and didn't quit but we didn't take advantage of our opportunities. Linganore plays super team defense and that makes it tough to score."

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