S. Carroll gets scare, then win

January 08, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Nicole Spencer admitted ninth-ranked South Carroll was scared at the end of the first quarter yesterday when the scoreboard read: Thomas Johnson 18, South Carroll 3.

"But we weren't scared to the point where we would say 'Let's bag it,' " said Spencer, who scored 26 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 53-49 victory over the Patriots in a Central Maryland Conference game at South Carroll.

Spencer scored all 26 points in the final three quarters.

Spencer attributed her poor first quarter to frustration still left over from a Tuesday night game against Linganore.

"When my first couple of shots didn't go in, I said 'Oh no, this is just like the last game against Linganore when I wasn't happy with my shooting,' " said Spencer. "Then today in the second quarter, I started getting the ball exactly where I like it, inside, so I can lay the ball off the backboard."

Spencer's scoring along with some outstanding defense from sophomore Lindsey Vosloh and senior Amber Clutter enabled the Cavaliers (9-1, 2-0 in the CMC) to win their ninth straight game since a season-opening loss to Hammond.

Vosloh and Clutter teamed up for a huge defensive play that resulted in a three-point play for Clutter, which put South Carroll ahead, 52-47, with 37 seconds left in the game.

Vosloh and Clutter double-teamed the ball out of the Cavaliers' tough man-to-man defense, forcing an errant pass that Clutter picked off and dribbled down court for a layup. She was fouled on the shot and converted the free throw for the five-point lead.

Those three points silenced the Thomas Johnson (6-4, 0-1) bench and the Linganore girls team that was in the stands cheering for the Patriots. The four-time defending CMC champs lost to South Carroll Tuesday night and were hoping to get help from Thomas Johnson yesterday.

After gaining the 52-47 lead, South Carroll wrapped up the victory with the help of a Ce Wagener rebound with 21 seconds left and a Clutter free throw with 17 seconds left for a 53-47 advantage.

South Carroll coach Al Skierski, sticking to his rule of players not starting if they miss practice, did not start Clutter and Vosloh yesterday because they missed practice Thursday because of illness.

Skierski also did not start the 6-foot-1 Wagener, opting to go with Erin Nauyalis, who has been playing well lately.

With three of the usual starters out of the lineup, the Cavaliers struggled in the opening minutes. Skierski went back to his regular lineup midway through the first quarter.

Spencer scored 10 points in the second quarter to ignite the South Carroll rally and the Cavaliers were within eight (26-18) at halftime.

They finally caught Thomas Johnson at 36 on Spencer's layup with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.

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