Eager N. Carroll races to 69-47 win

23 first-quarter points spur Panthers' romp over Richard Montgomery

Girls basketball regional quarterfinals

High Schools

February 29, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

ROCKVILLE -- Most teams dread having a nine-day layoff between games. North Carroll seemed to be energized by the break.

The No. 19 Panthers opened their first Class 3A West regional playoff game by scoring 23 points in the first quarter and cruised to 69-47 win against Richard Montgomery last night.

North Carroll, awarded a first-round bye because of its No. 3 seeding, shot better than 50 percent from the floor (30-for-55) and four of five starters reached double digits in points.

Senior forward Becky Wike said the Panthers (19-4) were itching to play their first game since Feb. 19.

"We had a lot of energy," said Wike, who scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. "We pumped ourselves up on the bus ride down here."

North Carroll coach Sarah Palmer said the early outburst was a pleasant change from previous games where the Panthers have struggled to shake off the rust.

"We hadn't played for a week," Palmer said when asked about her team's first quarter. "It was nice to see them come out strong."

By comparison, the Rockets (15-9) had to get past Seneca Valley on Friday and played last night without the services of standout junior guard Amelia Khalaf, who averaged more than 15 points per game before contracting mono last week.

"North Carroll is loaded," said Richard Montgomery coach Sissy Natoli. "They're very court disciplined, very focused, and they rebound well. They've got the whole package."

North Carroll took advantage of Khalaf's absence by hitting 11 of 20 shots from the field to outscore the Rockets, 23-11, in the first quarter.

The Panthers kept up their torrid pace in the second quarter, connecting on nine of 15 attempts to race to a 43-23 halftime lead. Meanwhile, Richard Montgomery struggled from the outside and finished the first half nine of 26 from the floor.

In the third quarter, the Rockets' full-court press pestered North Carroll into eight turnovers and cut the lead down to 52-37 with about 30 seconds left in the period.

But the Panthers kept Richard Montgomery at bay by scoring 14 points in the final quarter and watching the Rockets shoot a lowly three of 17 from the field.

Senior guard Minh Nguyen led Richard Montgomery with 18 points, and sophomore center Tina Hopkins added 17.

North Carroll got all 69 points from its five starters, but Wike, senior guard Heather Easter (18 points), forward Candice Jeffrey (16), and senior guard Bethany Reeb (11) all scored in double figures.

"Ms. Palmer told us to play as if this was our last game of the season," said Jeffrey, who added 15 rebounds. "We clicked today."

The Panthers will face the winner of the Damascus-North Hagerstown quarterfinal tomorrow at a site to be determined.

Class 3A West

Paint Branch 74, South Carroll 46: The eighth-seeded Cavaliers were overpowered by No. 1 seed and host Paint Branch.

Senior forward Danielle Caballero led South Carroll with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Cavaliers (6-19) alive.

"We'd catch up get up within seven or eight points and then they'd spurt out," said South Carroll coach Al Skierski, who credited Paint Branch's quickness. "We had trouble putting the ball in basket and they were playing well as team."

Class 4A North

No. 9 Western 58, Parkville 38: Teammates Joycia Gorham and Tyecia Powell combined for more than half of the Doves' points (15 each) as Western (17-6) broke open the game in the second half.

Lake Clifton 49, Northern 45: Tyeisha Smith scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had seven steals and handed off five assists as the Lakers (14-6) overcame a late fourth period deficit.

Northwestern 71, Dulaney 70, OT: Jessica Boardley converted the game-winning free throw for the Wildcats.

A basket by Danielle Thompson had tied the game at 70 and was followed by a steal by Boardley.

Mervo 79, Perry Hall 63: Tobie Ashley had a monster game, scoring 22 points, handing out 12 assists, grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots, and teammate Shapre Proctor scored 19 as the Mustangs (14-5) advanced.

Mandy Fischer scored 12 of her 20 points on three-pointers for Perry Hall.

Class 4A East

C. Milton Wright 66, Meade 62: Point guard Page Heath led C. Milton Wright (19-1) with 23 points, six assists and four steals. Andrea Stephenson contributed 21 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and three assists.

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