Big 2nd half powers South Carroll to 59-47 win over Liberty

February 26, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Pride, neighborhood bragging rights and second place in the final Carroll county boys basketball standings.

That is what South Carroll and Liberty played for last night and the winner was the Cavaliers.

South Carroll regrouped just 24 hours after being pushed around by county champion Westminster Thursday night, and dominated Liberty in the second half for a 59-47 victory at South Carroll.

The pesky Lions hung tough for the first half before South Carroll started to pull away behind the shooting of Brad Schulze who scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the third quarter.

The Schulze show gave the Cavaliers a 44-33 lead at the end of the third quarter, and Liberty never threatened again.

South Carroll got a lot of scoring help from senior Matt Johnson who was playing the last game of his career. Johnson had 13 points.

The win enabled the Cavaliers to finish with a 10-10 record, the only team in the county this season to reach .500.

Also, South Carroll coach Jim Carnes recorded his 203d victory in 18 years at the school.

"That just shows you how long I've been here," said Carnes. "I really haven't been keeping track of it. I would have rather won more games this season and made the regionals but like everybody else we were hurt by all the snow days when we couldn't practice."

It wasn't the easiest game for South Carroll (10-10, 4-2 in county, 6-5 in the Central Maryland Conference) to get psyched for, having lost twice to Westminster in the previous four days and losing the county title to the Owls.

Schulze said: "If we played Thursday night like we did tonight we would have beaten Westminster. We were hitting our outside shots and moving the ball pretty well."

Liberty (8-12, 3-4, 4-6) trailed, 28-26, at half-time but the Lions went out of their offense for a lot of long jumpers in the second half and they couldn't match the South Carroll shooting.

Liberty seemed to forget their talented inside force, Josh Gursky, in the second half and that was costly.

In fact, Gursky never really got the ball that much throughout the game but still led the losers with 13 points. Joe Monar added 11 for Liberty and Brian Trone had nine points, all on three- point shots.

Liberty coach Scott Kohr said: "Josh doesn't look to score but we do need to get him the ball more. It seemed like the whole team tonight passed up too many shots and then we wound up shooting jumpers."

Kohr said South Carroll's pressure defense was one big reason for his team's downfall.

"We just couldn't move the ball against their pressure. We were out of synch," he said. "And we're just too small inside to play against South Carroll."

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