South Carroll covers itself with win Cavaliers defeat Liberty with full-court effort

November 05, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two losses to Liberty during the season convinced South Carroll coach Debbie Eaton that her Cavaliers needed to cover the court better against the Lions in the playoffs.

South Carroll covered the court with a vengeance last night against Liberty, and the strong net play of Ce Wagener and Courtney Butler plus several hot streaks helped the Cavaliers score a 15-13, 17-15, 15-9 victory in a Class 3A West region quarterfinal match at Liberty.

South Carroll (10-5) advances to the region semifinals to face North Carroll at home tomorrow. The Panthers defeated Walter Johnson last night.

The Cavaliers took away one of Liberty's best weapons -- the well-placed shot. South Carroll covered as much of the court as it could and forced Liberty to make numerous extra shots.

"We worked real hard on covering the court," said Eaton. "They just found the holes and put them in it, but tonight we just filled the holes."

The Cavaliers complemented that with consistent play at the net. Wagener had six kills, four blocks and numerous good shots at the net that pushed Liberty back.

She came through under pressure time and again. She scored on four consecutive shots at the net during South Carroll's seven-point run in game three. Wagener closed the match with back-to-back blocks.

"I loved doing that," said Wagener. "We were so pumped up coming into this match."

Butler also was a force at the net. She had seven blocks, three kills and 15 service points. She made a number of big plays at the net under pressure -- including the final four points of the second game.

"We knew that we could play with them," said Butler. "We knew we could beat them. We had to move and be ready for anything."

Sayaka Miyagi had some big moments. She finished with 14 service points plus five kills and made a number of big plays when South Carroll was shaky in game two.

Liberty (11-5) appeared ready to score another victory over South Carroll at the start of last night's match. The Lions scored the first six points and took a 13-5 lead.

But South Carroll stepped up. Wagener began making play after play at the net while Mandy Smith and then Butler each sparked a game-winning 10-point run with good serving.

Wagener came up with three big plays at the net under pressure as the Cavaliers rallied.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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