Key representing county in start of playoffs tonight

March 01, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The Francis Scott Key Eagles will be the county's lone representative when the boys regional playoffs get started tonight.

The 8-12 Eagles, seeded sixth in the Class 1A South region, will travel to third-seeded Brunswick (9-11).

The teams split two Monocacy Valley Athletic League games during the regular season and did it in peculiar fashion. Who knows what to expect when they play again tonight?

In the first meeting on Jan. 14 at Brunswick, the Railroaders sent Key home with a 72-49 loss.

Brunswick won it with its entire starting team suspended for disciplinary reasons.

With Brunswick's starting five back Feb. 15 at Key, the Eagles avenged the loss with a 71-61 win.

"I think we match up pretty well against them," said Key coach Jeff Cook.

"We're going to have to get everyone involved, particularly on offense, and play some good strong defense. They like to slow it down and we like to keep it moving so we'll look to press. "

Key has three players who averaged in double figures this season -- Topher Casserly (15.4), Steve Wright (13.9) and Kyle Stephenson (11.5) -- and a fourth, Mike Crawmer, who was just under 10 points a game.

Brunswick is riding a three-game winning streak that catapulted it to the third seed. Charlie McLane is the Railroaders' top scorer and rebounder.

If the Eagles can get by Brunswick tonight, they'll face another MVAL rival, Catoctin, in the region semifinals on Thursday. The Eagles also split two games with the Cougars in the regular season.

There was plenty of suspense in the last week of the regular season, with the county title up for grabs to the end.

South Carroll was the county's most consistent team going into the final week with a 9-8 overall record and a 3-0 county mark.

It visited defending county champ Westminster last Monday, needing a win to gain at least a share of the title, but couldn't get it done in the county's best game of the season.

The Owls came away with a 60-57 overtime win on Chris High's short hook with 18 seconds left in overtime. Reserve Eric Moreau sank a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to preserve the win.

Charles Van Horn led the way for the Owls with 21 points, and Russell DeMont added 15 and 16 rebounds.

The Owls leapfrogged past South Carroll with a 4-1 county record and set the stage for a rematch at South Carroll on Thursday. After dropping their county opener to Liberty and at one point being 4-11, the Owls were not expected to be in position to successfully defend their county title.

The Cavaliers and coach Jim Carnes were looking for a team effort.

"Everyone has stepped up at different times this season," he said going into Thursday's game.

"[Jon] Strebe played real well at the start, then [Brad] Schulze started coming on and [Corey] Hill and Greg Mihalko have stepped up. We're going to need everyone to play well at the same time."

It was Westminster who had the big fourth quarter to break open another close game and come away with a 61-42 win and another county title. The Owls finished 9-12 overall and 5-1 in the county, and South Carroll (10-10, 4-2) came back on Friday to beat Liberty (8-12, 3-4) to take second.

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