South Carroll wins 15th straight, 69-52

January 28, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The South Carroll bandwagon gained more momentum last night, rolling past four-time defending Central Maryland Conference champion Linganore, 69-52, for the Cavs' 15th straight victory.

The Cavaliers (15-1, 7-0 in the CMC) played textbook basketball almost the entire game and the win was secured with a little more than two minutes left when Amber Clutter hit two free throws for a 62-48 lead at South Carroll.

That was the signal for South Carroll coach Al Skierski to clear his bench in the final minutes and allow his reserves to play against a team that had dominated the Cavaliers the past couple seasons.

The victory gives South Carroll a two-game lead over Linganore (12-3, 5-2) in the CMC with five games remaining and virtually assured the Cavaliers the league title.

The entire South Carroll starting lineup (Clutter, Nicole Spencer, Melissa Gettemy, Lindsey Vosloh and Ce Wagener) came through with superb performances and the outcome was seldom in doubt after the home team built a 29-12 lead with 3:54 left in the first half.

Spencer scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Clutter had 17 points and three assists. Gettemy held Linganore's super sophomore Cara Consuegra to eight points, Vosloh had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Wagener had 10 points.

Linganore fought back to within seven points (55-48) when Mimi Ritter hit a three-pointer with 4:37 left in the game, but Vosloh answered with a free throw and Erin Nauyalis hit two straight shots from the baseline to build the lead to 60-48 with 3:41 on the clock.

In last season's game between these two teams, Consuegra was the whole show and it looked as if she was good enough to have her way for three more years against South Carroll.

"Gettemy played outstanding defense on me," said Consuegra. "My shots weren't falling [four of 14] but give Gettemy a lot of credit."

Gettemy, a 5-foot-9 senior, was charged up to play against Consuegra, who scored 31 points on Jan. 13 when the Lancers ended Westminster's 10-game winning streak.

"I really wanted to stop her and just went out and stayed in her face all night long," said Gettemy. "I know she goes to the right a lot although she can use her left hand. I also gave her the baseline because I knew I had help there."

Linganore coach Brian Matthews said: "Cara learned tonight that things aren't always going to come easy for her. She has to work hard. But really the game came down to Amber Clutter beating us with those threes [three for Clutter]."

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