Walt Whitman win sends S. Carroll home, 68-50

March 05, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

BETHESDA -- South Carroll point guard Amber Clutter summed the game up best when she said simply: "They were better than us."

Certainly host Walt Whitman (22-0) had too much of everything for South Carroll last night in a 68-50 Class 3A West Regional girls semifinal victory over the Cavaliers.

It showed superb interior passing, excellent ball movement, good outside shooting, active hands on defense and a strong full-court press.

It all produced two back-breaking runs by Whitman that added up to a 27-0 margin and more than did in South Carroll.

The first run was a 14-0 spurt that wiped out an early 8-4 South Carroll lead for an 18-8 margin with 6:01 left in the first half, and the second was a 13-0 burst in the third quarter that finished the pesky Cavaliers for the final time.

South Carroll (14-7) had reduced the Whitman lead to 39-33 with 3:25 left in the third quarter on a beautiful play by Melissa Gettemy and Nicole Spencer, with Gettemy penetrating the lane and passing Spencer for a layup.

It was the kind of play that could carry a team to greater heights, but the Vikings answered with 13 straight points to surge ahead, 52-33, with 52 seconds left in the third quarter.

Clutter answered with one of her four three-pointers but it wasn't nearly enough to stave off Whitman.

The highlight of the last Whitman run was some sparkling passing by Courtney Gaine and Molly Hughes on a fast break that led to a layup by Gaine.

Gaine and Hughes looked as if they were playing two on five as they deftly passed the ball through the South Carroll defense for the easy layup.

Gaine (14) and Hughes (11) combined for 25 points last night, part of a balanced Whitman offense that had Vanessa Wolfman leading the way with 19 points and Kim Bretz scoring 18.

South Carroll was led by Spencer's 18 points and 12 from Clutter.

One of the surprising aspects in the loss by South Carroll was a decision by coach Al Skierski to have Amy Thompson share some of the ball-handling duties with Clutter at times in the game.

Clutter was coming off two strong performances against Westminster and Walter Johnson when she almost always got the ball to the open person.

"When teams are pressing us, I like to get the ball to whoever is RTC open and give them a chance to handle the ball," said Skierski. "That spreads things around a little. The bottom line in this game was the fact that they had the two good runs and we couldn't catch up. I think that overall our program is getting a little better each year and that next year things should be even better for us "

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