Both county basketball titles will be on the line tonight when South Carroll and Westminster square off against one another in boys and girls action.
The boys game will be played at South Carroll, with the girls game scheduled for Westminster. Both will start at 7 p.m.
Both girls teams come into the game with 4-0 county marks, and this will be the only time the two teams meet. The game scheduled at South Carroll on Feb. 10 was postponed and will not be made up.
Four of the county's top five scorers -- all forwards -- will be featured. The Owls (12-5) are led by Beth Lister (12.2 points per game) and Julie Backof (9.6), and the Cavaliers (12-5 going into last night's game against Frederick) counter with Nicole Spencer (12.4) and Melissa Gettemy (10.7).
Guard play also will be a big factor. South Carroll point guard Amber Clutter had 18 points and 10 steals in a 57-37 win Friday at North Carroll. Westminster's Lauren Zuskin will have the task of guarding her most of the night.
"It looks like a good matchup both inside and outside," said Westminster coach Bernie Koontz.
"Both teams have quality post players and guards -- it should make for an interesting game. We're going to need to shoot well, play as a team and up to our potential. It's a big game and I'm sure both teams will come ready to play."
On the boys side, Westminster's thrilling 60-57 overtime win over visiting South Carroll on Monday set the stage for this important rematch at South Carroll.
After a slow start, the defending county champ Owls have won four straight to improve to 8-11 overall and 4-1 in county play. If they beat the Cavaliers tonight, they successfully defend their county title.
The Cavaliers (9-9, 3-1) will need a win tonight and then must beat Liberty on Friday to capture the county crown outright.
There was plenty of intensity on both sides Monday and the same should hold true again tonight.
The emergence of shooting guard Charles Van Horn has been the key to the Owls' late turnaround. The senior has averaged 25.3 points in the Owls' past three county game wins -- including a game-high 21 against South Carroll on Monday.
His consistent outside shooting has opened things inside for 6-foot-7 senior center Russell DeMont, who added 15 and 16 rebounds in Monday's win.
Forward Chris High also played big inside for the Owls on Monday, finishing with 13 points and the game-winning basket in the final minute of overtime.
The Cavaliers mostly rely on the outside shooting of Brad Schulze and Jon Strebe, but have received a big boost inside from the recent play of Corey Hill.
After an 18-point effort in a win against North Carroll on Friday, the 6-3 Hill stayed right with the taller DeMont most of the night on Monday -- finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds.