Hoops -- South Carroll vs. Westminster.
Tomorrow night, it will be the girls in action at Westminster. Friday it will be the boys' turn to go at it in Winfield.
County titles are up for grabs.
The South Carroll girls, ranked 10th in the metro area, are 14-3 and 3-0 in county play, including an impressive 45-35 homecourt win over the No. 16 Owls (11-6, 2-1) on Jan. 15.
The difference that night was intensity and hustle. The Cavaliers boxed out for rebounds, got to all the loose balls and played a disciplined, packed-in zone defense to keep the ball away from Westminster senior center Jill Ibex.
Senior guard Lindsey Vosloh (10 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals) and senior center Ce Wagener (17 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots) led a total team effort.
South Carroll coach Al Skierski said his Cavaliers will have to come up with the same kind of effort.
Both teams are senior-oriented and many have played against each other for all four years and beyond that in rec leagues. The Cavaliers will have a healthy Shannan Henley. In the first meeting, she was just returning from a wrist injury and saw limited action.
Every member of the Owls' starting lineup is a senior. Joining Ibex are guards Courtney Wunderlich, Kim Frame, Lauren Henry and forward Honesty Drumgoole.
As for the boys, going into the teams' first meeting at Westminster, South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said he was concerned about the Owls' perimeter game.
He had good reason. Westminster junior guard Aaron Krug hit five three-pointers and scored a career-best 25 points to give the Owls a 66-55 win.
Westminster (7-10, 3-0 in the county) led 43-41 going into the fourth quarter when Krug took over, converting a three-point play and then hitting a three-pointer from the top of the key in the first three minutes to give them a 51-43 lead. He then made five of six free throws down the stretch to help maintain the lead.
The Cavaliers (10-4, 2-1) will have to make better use of their size with 6-foot-4 senior Matt Steppling, 6-3 senior Brad Johnson and 6-7 sophomore Sam McGrane.
Green Terror wrestler Steve Smiddy set a new team mark for team points compiled in dual-meet competition with 93 so far this season, smashing the previous high of 74 belonging to Tony Spagnola in the 1990-91 season.
The junior is 20-3 in dual-meet action -- including five pins -- and 32-6 overall competing in the 134- and 142-pound classes.
Freshman Charlie Conaway (South Carroll) has won seven straight matches to improve to 20-13 on the season. He shares the team lead with nine pins wrestling at 158 and 167 pounds. The Green Terror (14-10-1) will close out its dual-meet slate on Friday at home against Gallaudet with the Centennial Conference Tournament scheduled for Feb. 15 at Western Maryland.
Pub Date: 2/05/97