N. Carroll rolls to 5th straight win

Panthers crush Linganore, move into second in CMC

Boys basketball

Hig schools

January 17, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

NEW MARKET - Everything is clicking for the North Carroll Panthers boys basketball team these days.

They're winning at home, on the road, and against teams few thought they could beat.

Last night at Linganore, the Panthers (8-4 overall, 4-1 league) avoided a feared letdown following a significant upset of South Carroll last Friday, and crushed the Lancers, 75-63, behind some outstanding perimeter shooting to record their fifth straight victory. They are in second place in the Central Maryland Conference behind Thomas Johnson.

"They were drilling threes like they were shooting practice shots, wide open," said a stunned and disappointed Lancers coach Arnie McGaha. "In six years coaching here I can only remember being outplayed like that two times."

The Lancers (4-7, 1-4) were coming off a big win over Westminster last week and knew what they had to do to stop North Carroll.

"We wanted to pressure the ball and we didn't do that well. And we wanted to close down their shooters and we didn't," McGaha said.

Chris Vaughn, a senior shooting guard who averages 16.5 points, scored a season-high 28, including four three-pointers.

The Panthers shot 8-for-14 from three-point range as Miller and Ian Malcolm each connected twice from beyond the arc. Miller finished with 16 points and Malcolm, the point guard, scored 11 points.

"We're definitely a perimeter team that likes to heave it up," Vaughn said.

North Carroll has taken 203 three-pointers this season and made 74 for 36.5 percent.

"It was important for us to play well after a big win. I was concerned about a possible letdown," Panthers coach Bernie Koontz said. "But we were mentally and physically ready."

He wasn't surprised that Vaughn scored 28 points.

"He's a good shooter who worked hard in the off-season, a gym rat who really goes after it from the start," Koontz said.

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