Consuegra, Linganore catch Cavs Senior All-American rallies defending champs

Class 3A/Girls basketball

March 09, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Early in last night's Class 3A West regional final at South

Carroll, a malfunctioning scoreboard inadvertently erased a full minute from the game clock.

If only it could've erased Linganore forward Cara Consuegra, the 10th-ranked Cavaliers might have stood a fighting chance.

Consuegra, a Street & Smith's preseason All-American, scored a career-high 39 points, including 21 in the final 8: 25, to help the visiting Lancers, ranked No. 1 in the state, overcome an eight-point deficit en route to a 70-59 win for their 51st consecutive victory.

"We tried everything on her," said South Carroll coach Al Skierski. "She was just really on tonight."

Led by forward Shannan Henley (17 points), guard Lindsey Vosloh (15) and center Ce Wagener (11), South Carroll (19-6) outplayed last year's Class 2A state champions for most of the way, leading 45-37 with 38 seconds left in the third quarter.

That's when Consuegra's floor show began in earnest.

The senior, who entered the game averaging 25.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 7.2 assists, ended the quarter with consecutive three-pointers to cut the Cavaliers' lead to two. She then went on to score 15 of her team's next 21 points over a five-minute span in which Linganore seized control.

The Lancers shot 71 percent from the field in the final 11 minutes, outscoring South Carroll, 37-18.

"When we were down by eight, we took a timeout, and we knew we had to turn it up then and there," said Consuegra, who did the bulk of her damage on pull-up jumpers. "My teammates just did a good job of getting me the ball."

Said Linganore coach Brian Matthews: "We'd been telling them, 'Do this. Do that.' We finally said, 'Hey, in the fourth quarter it's your guys' game to win. Do what you want to do. Just play together and have fun.' "

From then on, Linganore ran at every opportunity, taking missed shots by the Cavaliers and turning them into fast breaks.

The Frederick County team advances to the state semifinals, where it will shoot for a second straight state title beginning Thursday at UMBC.

For the senior-laden Cavaliers, it will soon be time to think about rebuilding for next year.

All five starters are due to graduate. Skierski told them they have nothing to be ashamed of.

"I told the girls that they can't hang their heads," said Skierski. "We had an outstanding season. Nobody was picking us to do what we did, and it's a credit to the girls, especially the six seniors, that they accomplished as much as they did."

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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