South Carroll beats Damascus, 61-42

January 11, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

DAMASCUS -- There was 1:03 left in the first half when a fire alarm temporarily delayed South Carroll's game against Damascus.

That's the only thing that was able to stop the ninth-ranked Cavaliers last night and, again, it was only temporary.

South Carroll simply had too much talent and depth going in against a Damascus team (1-7) that is rebuilding after losing five seniors to graduation.

The final was 61-42 as the Cavaliers rattled off their 10th straight win after a season-opening loss to Hammond.

Nicole Spencer led the way with 22 points and had total control of the boards for most of the night.

Ce Wagener added 13 points and Melissa Gettemy played another solid all-around game and finished with 10.

After two tough Central Maryland Conference games, South Carroll coach Al Skierski was able to use his entire bench by the second quarter and had his starters rested for much of the fourth quarter.

His bench came up with a fine effort as eight players scored.

"I thought the girls responded very well in the first half. The people on the bench came in and were ready to play," Skierski said.

"It's definitely good to get all the girls in and able to contribute. It gives them the confidence for the next time."

There was no slow start last night for the Cavs, who had to recover from an early 15-point, first-quarter deficit against Thomas Johnson on Saturday.

Spencer took control early with a basket and a three-point play and when Gettemy stole an inbound pass and converted into an easy basket, the Cavs had a quick 7-0 lead.

Gettemy would finish with four steals in the first quarter alone and Spencer would add five more points to give South Carroll a 19-12 lead after one.

"Nikki is just starting to see she's capable of controlling a game," Skierski said.

"Melissa's really been hustling and when she's not scoring, she's doing a lot of other things. She really takes pride in her defense."

The Cavaliers took control midway through the second quarter with a 16-0 run.

By the time the gym was cleared for the fire alarm, the Cavaliers had a 37-17 lead.

Gettemy started the run with a follow at the 5:30 mark.

Spencer took a long pass from Amber Clutter and then a no-look pass from Gettemy shortly after.

Wagener, a 6-1 sophomore, went inside for the final six points of the run.

As for the 10 wins in a row?

"It's very gratifying for the girls and was the first kind of easy game we've had," Skierski said.

"We're not used to having a lead and I thought we played very well and maintained our intensity."

Laura Emery led Damascus with 20 points, including four three-pointers.

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