The Linganore Lancers came to Westminster last night with their new No. 1 state ranking -- and spent all 32 minutes showing just how they got there.
Senior standout guard Cara Consuegra scored a career-high 38 points and her talented backcourt mate, senior Mimi Ritter, added 17 -- including five three-pointers -- to lead the Lancers to a convincing 91-51 win over No. 16 Westminster.
The Class 3A Lancers, winners of the Class 2A state title last year, improved to 17-0 on the season and extended their two-year winning streak to 42 games. The Owls, who got a season-high 18 points from guard Amy Lewis, fell to 11-6 on the season with No. 10 South Carroll visiting tomorrow.
After trailing 16-4 in the early going, the Owls scored 11 unanswered points to get within one late in the first quarter. Leading 20-17 in the opening minute of the second quarter, the Lancers pulled away with their own 11-0 run. The Owls never challenged from there.
Westminster coach Bernie Koontz will no longer have the task of finding a way to guard Consuegra and Ritter.
"They're fun to watch, both good ball players," he said. "We got down in the first quarter and then got it within three a couple of times, but didn't keep our composure. They made another run and we didn't have an answer.
"The effort was there, the kids worked hard but we could have done a better job of working as a team. There was a lot of one-on-one play."
As usual, Consuegra rebounded, found open teammates and played tough defense to go along with her 38 points.
"We're ranked No. 1 now and played like it," she said. "Everybody had a great game and everything was clicking. Every year I've been here we've played terrible when we come up here. It's like a superstition. I told coach [Brian] Matthews the jinx is broken. Everything I threw up was going in. I don't know what it was."
Left hand, right hand, jumpers, drives -- Consuegra had it all working, coming within three points of the school record before being pulled with three minutes left.
"She just decides she wants the basketball and she'll either make a basket or give it to someone else to make an easy basket -- it's one or the other," said Koontz.
Ritter also did her share with a number of key three-pointers.
Pub Date: 2/05/97