North Carroll breaks through to defeat South Carroll, 66-51

January 25, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Sometimes the smallest adjustments can make all the difference.

North Carroll was having an awful time with the South Carroll press in the first quarter last night, so coach Troy Warehime went with a smaller lineup to start the second quarter.

His Panthers responded in a big way, scoring 17 unanswered points on their way to a 66-51 win over the visiting Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers led 16-10 going into the second quarter with a lot of the offense coming from their pressure defense. Warehime then inserted backup point guard Tony Reightler in the game and kept starter Joe Seguine in there, too, moving Bruce Wright to the small forward spot.

"That gave us three good ball handlers in the game," Warehime said. "Reightler and Seguine did a nice job penetrating and giving up the ball and Bruce had a nice all-around game. We also had a lot of other people who stepped up tonight."

Wright led the way with 18 points with center Jason Gelb adding 15, including a two-handed dunk late in the first quarter. Forward Brian Mayle scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half.

The Cavaliers (1-8, 0-2 in the county) appeared in a groove late in the first quarter with all five of their starters hitting field goals to help build the six-point lead. But with North Carroll (3-8, 1-3) making the adjustment and doing some pressing of its own along with tight man-to-man half-court defense, the Cavaliers went cold.

Mayle scored from inside with 4:32 left in the half to cut the South Carroll lead to 16-14. Reightler tied it up seconds later with a steal and layup. Wright hit a short baseline jumper to give the Panthers a two-point lead and Mayle converted two off a steal before South Carroll coach Jim Carnes called timeout with 3:19 left in the half and his Cavaliers down 20-16.

"It was the same old story. We dug ourselves in a hole and didn't play with any kind of intensity to get us out," Carnes said. "They played well and hurt us once they got the ball downcourt with a lot of easy baskets. We had some good shots, but they just weren't falling."

The South Carroll frustration was never more apparent than in the final minute of the first half. Forward Dan Wroten (12 points) had a short turn-around fall off the rim with 40 seconds left. The rebound went to Brad Johnson, whose follow also rimmed out. Ryan Appling's steal and layup with six seconds left in the second quarter gave the Panthers a 27-16 lead.

The Cavaliers temporarily regrouped in the third quarter, scoring on their first three possessions to cut the lead to 27-22 before North Carroll pulled away with a 10-0 run.

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