Cavaliers sputter, fall to Linganore Lancers' depth wears out S. Carroll in 77-62 loss

February 18, 1997|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN STAFF

NEW MARKET -- As the night wore on in Linganore High's warm gym, the South Carroll Cavaliers were worn down, battling for three solid quarters with the state's top-ranked team before giving way to the Lancers, 77-62.

After South Carroll senior Shannan Henley (24 points) gave the Cavaliers (15-5) a 44-42 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter, the Lancers (20-0) scored the last nine points of the quarter to pull away.

Linganore senior guards Cara Consuegra (30 points, 15 rebounds) and Mimi Ritter (23 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists) had their usual strong efforts, but depth on the bench also played a big part with the Lancers substituting freely and the Cavaliers having to rely on their starters.

"[Linganore] shot the ball very well, played the good aggressive defense with continual pressure on the ball and kept getting up and down the floor," said South Carroll coach Al Skierski. "They have the deeper bench, which our girls don't have the luxury of."

With South Carroll senior center Ce Wagener in foul trouble early in the fourth, the Lancers attacked the middle with Consuegra showing right under the free-throw line for short jumpers.

She scored 16 of her 30 in the fourth quarter.

The Cavaliers have presented the Lancers with their toughest tests of the season. Earlier in the season at South Carroll, the Lancers escaped with a two-point win when Consuegra scored a layup with eight seconds left.

It appeared last night's game would take on the same kind of look with Henley and fellow senior guard Lindsey Vosloh (19 points) doing all they could to keep things close.

Trailing 32-27 at the half, the Cavaliers got three's from both of them early in the third quarter, another from Vosloh a little later and then took the lead at 44-42 when Henley got a steal and layup.

"The girls could have packed it in, but we stayed focused and played hard," Skierski said. "Then the heat, fouls and all kinds of stuff caught up with us."

Linganore, which won the Class 2A state title last season with a 25-0 mark, extended its undefeated streak to 45 games.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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