N. Carroll, Key know region foes well

Carroll notebook

February 28, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The two girls basketball teams still involved in the region playoffs -- North Carroll and Francis Scott Key -- will be going against familiar foes in semifinal action tonight.

North Carroll, 57-49 winner over Walter Johnson on Monday, will travel to Central Maryland Conference rival Frederick. After a 55-21 win over Carver A&T on Monday, Key will take on Monocacy Valley Athletic League opponent Smithsburg.

The Panthers (9-15) split with Frederick (7-15) in their regular-season games, dropping a 59-32 decision at Frederick on Feb. 2 before coming away with a 56-54 win at North Carroll two weeks later.

In the loss, North Carroll had problems with the Frederick press. The Panthers did a better job the second time around, outrebounding the Cadets by a 41-29 margin and shooting 11 percent better compared to the first game.

The Cadets are led by guard Heather Winter, who scored 25 points in Monday's win against Liberty, and forward Samantha Biggus.

"They have a good inside-outside punch, but also have other kids who complement them pretty well," North Carroll coach Greg Knill said. "We're going to have to box out and force their outside game and have some balanced scoring. Our kids are starting to see all their hard work pay off."

The Francis Scott Key-Smithsburg rivalry goes beyond the basketball court.

"We beat them in the regional finals in volleyball. Smithsburg remembers," said Key coach Alice Smith.

In two regular-season meetings, both teams won their home games. Key won the first game, 51-43, in January with the Leopards coming back to win, 51-49, in early February. The Eagles (14-9) were without versatile guard Nicole Keffer in the loss.

The Leopards (15-7) rely on forward Alexis Robertson and a pressing defense.

"We have to be able to get the ball up the court," Smith said. "The press bothered us in the loss, but we were without Nicole and that's a big difference. We just have to go out and play, and keep ourselves in the game."

Up front, the Eagles counter Robertson with juniors Stephanie Stambaugh and Cindy Sheedy.

20 wrestlers make states

Carroll County advanced 20 wrestlers to this weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College.

Westminster, winner of the Class 3A-4A North Region on Saturday, will send a county-leading seven wrestlers, led by region champions Bobby Biden at 112 and 145-pounder Charlie Minor. South Carroll takes five wrestlers, led by undefeated seniors Mike Chenoweth, seeking his third straight title at 171, and 160-pounder Charlie Conaway.

Also competing in the 3A-4A tournament will be North Carroll senior Tommy Kiler, who won his fourth county title and added his fourth region title on Saturday. He will try to win a second straight state title at 140. Seniors Kevin Jeffress (125) and Scott Taylor (189) will bid for state titles for Liberty.

In winning their third straight Class 1A-2A South region title, Francis Scott Key qualified five wrestlers to the state tournament. Seniors Ryan Etzler (130) and Jason Hooper (125) won region titles, along with sophomore Mark Mandell at 103. They will be joined by Bobby Bollinger at 189 and 145-pounder Jordan Chiaruttini.

The state tournament begins at 11 a.m. Friday and continues through Saturday with the finals set for 6:30 p.m.

Carroll Christian travels

The Carroll Christian boys basketball team, fresh off its first Maryland Association of Christian Schools state title on Saturday, will travel to Richmond, Va., tomorrow to compete in a regional tournament.

The eight-team field will consist of teams from New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Carroll Christian (17-6) is the third seed and will first go up against Parsippany Christian, New Jersey's state runner-up, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The Patriots are led by junior guard Josh Belcher, who earned state tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Belcher is averaging 15.4 points, 8.3 assists, 3.1 steals and 4.8 rebounds a game.

Spring at Western Maryland

The spring season has arrived at Western Maryland College.

The Green Terror softball team heads south Friday to compete in the 10-team Methodist College Lady Monarch Invitational.

The Green Terror will take on Washington & Jefferson at 2:15; Ferrum (Va.) College at 4 and host Methodist at 7:30. Saturday, the top three in each of the two pools play in the championship bracket. The bottom two in each play in the consolation bracket.

Western Maryland shared its second straight Centennial Conference last spring with a 19-6 record, tying Ursinus at 12-2 in conference play. The Green Terror has eight letter-winners back, led by sophomore second baseman Julie Backof (Westminster), who hit .438 last season with a team-high 31 runs batted in and 14 extra base hits.

The Green Terror golfers will compete in the William & Mary Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, playing at the Kingsmill Country Club in Williamsburg, Va. They finished second behind Gettysburg last year in the Centennial Conference tournament and are led by sophomore Matt Harding.

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