South Carroll continues roll, handles Paint Branch, 56-40 3A WEST GIRLS

March 03, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

This was vintage South Carroll girls basketball.

Soften up the defense with a couple of Amber Clutter three-point missiles, then take it inside to an overpowering Nicole Spencer for 28 points and garnish it all with another superb all-around performance by sophomore Lindsey Vosloh.

Spencer, Clutter and Vosloh were too much for Paint Branch to overcome last night, as the Cavaliers cruised to a 56-40 victory in the state Class 3A West Region semifinals at South Carroll.

It was the 22nd straight victory for the Cavaliers (22-1) since a season-opening loss to Hammond.

Second-seeded South Carroll advances to tomorrow night's 3A West championship game, meeting top-seeded Walt Whitman at Whitman at 7 p.m.

That game will be a rematch of last year's 3A West semifinal that was won by the Montgomery County team. Whitman defeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 45-40, last night.

Clutter (14 points, five assists and four steals) hit two three-pointers in the first quarter, pushing the Cavaliers to a 14-5 lead with 2:55 left in that period.

Then Spencer (12 rebounds) took over inside with her scoring and rebounding to help the Cavaliers build a 40-21 lead with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter.

It would be the largest lead of the night for South Carroll and more than enough to withstand a late third-quarter and early fourth-quarter rally by the Panthers (20-4).

Paint Branch, with 6-foot-1 junior Megan Greene (18 points) leading the way, reduced the South Carroll advantage to 45-38 with 5:10 left in the game.

But Melissa Gettemy answered with a follow shot and Spencer stole the ball under the South Carroll basket for a layup to run the lead to 49-38 with 2:42 left.

Paint Branch threw full-court pressure at South Carroll throughout most of the game in an attempt to overcome the smooth-working Cavaliers' offense but it didn't work with Clutter and Vosloh handling the ball.

At one point in the fourth quarter, Vosloh dribbled past two converging Paint Branch defenders to get the ball across half-court.

"Lindsey had an unbelievable night," said South Carroll coach Al Skierski. "She looked as if she could run all night. She gave 120 percent even though she was sick at halftime and spitting up blood. I guess some of it was nerves."

Vosloh said: "I was in a daze out there. I wasn't feeling good but I kept on running. Nothing really seemed to bother me once I got on the court."

Vosloh had four points, five steals, four rebounds and two assists in addition to playing great defense.

It didn't look at all like the Cavaliers had a 14-day layoff.

Ce Wagener also contributed a lot to the victory, playing excellent defense againt Paint Branch's 6-foot-2 freshman Christen Greene, who entered the game averaging 18.2 points.

Wagener limited Greene (Megan's sister) to six points.

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