Unbeaten Linganore towers over S. Carroll

January 04, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

South Carroll knew the task would be tough last night with Linganore visiting and still unbeaten.

For the first half, the Cavaliers met the challenge. In the second half, Linganore junior guard Cara Consuegra was simply too much of a challenge.

Consuegra scored 19 of her game-high 27 points in the second half to lead Linganore past South Carroll, 64-48, in the Central Maryland Conference opener for both teams.

Going into the game, South Carroll coach Al Skierski said the Cavaliers' primary concern would be the matchup at the two guard spots.

Consuegra and Mimi Ritter (14 points) had at least five inches on all of the South Carroll guards available with Lindsey Vosloh still away on holiday vacation.

In the second half, Consuegra showed why there was reason for concern.

With the score tied at 32 going into the third quarter, she went to work and took over, scoring 10 points on her own before the Cavaliers put any second-half points on the board.

"She's quicker than a cat. We just had no one to stay with her," Skierski said.

Skierski found plenty of positives despite the Cavaliers' rough second half. Last season, they won both times against Linganore to take the CMC title away from the Lancers. With the Cavaliers' top three starters graduated and Linganore bringing back its first eight players from a year ago, the shift in power returned to Linganore.

In the first half last night, it didn't appear that way with the Cavaliers (3-5) enjoying eight-point leads in both the first and second quarters.

Ce Wagener (17 points) and Shannan Henley provided most of the scoring to build the leads, but Skierski also got some good play from Amy Stephenson early in the first quarter and Christine Phillips late in the half.

Wagener hit two free throws with 5:45 left in the second quarter to give the Cavaliers a 26-18 lead before Linganore came back with three-pointers from Ritter and Melissa Kelly to get even at the half.

"We gave them a good start, but ran out of gas," said Skierski. "Our girls gave 110 percent. Everyone hustled and played hard. They just dug in with some pressure defense and we made some mistakes."

The Lancers came out with a lot more intensity on defense in the second half and the result was a number of transition baskets from Consuegra, who added 13 rebounds, seven steals and four assists.

Kelly took a feed from Consuegra to give the Lancers a 48-36 lead late in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers twice got the ball inside to Wagener to cut the lead to 48-40. Consuegra came back with the Lancers' first seven points of the fourth quarter to help Linganore maintain a double-digit lead.

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