S. Carroll upends Linganore, 63-61

January 05, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

MEW MARKET — NEW MARKET -- Some people thought going into the season that a Carroll County team could end Linganore's four-year reign as Central Maryland Conference girls champion.

Along with defending county champ Westminster, No. 9 South Carroll was mentioned as having the best chance.

Last night at Linganore, the Cavaliers (8-1) made the most of the opportunity with a 63-61 win over Linganore (7-2) -- their first win over the Lancers since 1988.

With the scored tied at 61 in the final seconds, South Carroll senior Erin Nauyalis (14 points) grabbed a rebound off a Nicole Spencer miss and was fouled while shooting and no time left on the clock.

She made both free throws to give the Cavaliers the win.

"We wanted to win this one from the beginning," Nauyalis said. "We haven't beaten Linganore since I've been here. I just got the rebound and threw it up and was hoping to get fouled."

South Carroll coach Al Skierski remained cautious going into the season: "Until [a Carroll team] can show we can beat them, they have to be considered the favorites."

Last night, Skierski's Cavs broke through against a Lancers team that had shown little letdown despite losing six seniors to graduation.

Linganore's Cara Consuegra set the stage for Nauyalis' heroics with two free throws with nine seconds left.

The Cavaliers trailed by six at the half and 53-47 early in the fourth quarter before going on a 12-0 run behind Spencer (11 points) and some solid defense.

"We got down at the half and it would have been easy to quit, but we just dug in," Skierski said. "It was an excellent team effort. [Linganore] is a very well-coached team, and winning on [its] floor is a big plus to our program. How Erin got that shot off in the end, I don't know."

Five South Carroll players scored eight or more points with three others getting in the scoring column. The Lancers countered with a fine all-around effort from Consuegra, 16 points from Melissa Kelly and 15-for-16 shooting from the free-throw line.

The Lancers missed seven of their first eight shots and committed six turnovers before Melissa Kelly converted a three-point play at the 1:48 mark. Cara Consuegra hit a three shortly after and Kelly added a two free throws with 21 seconds left to get the Lancers even going into the second quarter.

It's the first win in five tries for Skierski and his Cavs over the Lancers, but the third-year coach is still cautious. "Now we've moved up to their level and we're going to have to play consistent to stay there," Skierski said.

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