S. Carroll steps it up against Owls

With nine on girls team, Cavs struggle but get second win of season

High Schools


January 23, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

"You'd have thought they had just won the state championship" was the way that South Carroll girls basketball coach Al Skierski described the reaction of his team to defeating Westminster last Friday night, 61-58.

The Cavaliers (2-11 overall, 2-4 league) have struggled this season with only nine girls on the team and a lack of height, but turned in a peak performance against the previously high-flying Owls (10-3, 3-3).

Senior point guard Kim Lowry scored 22 points, including a four-point play at the end of the third quarter that sliced Westminster's 14-point halftime lead to three points. Lowry, who averages 16.6 points, also made five assists.

"This gives us a lot of confidence for the rest of the season," Lowry said. "We played aggressive defense and hit our shots in the second half."

The defense was so good that it forced Westminster to shoot 7-for-40 from the field in the second half, said Westminster coach Dick Ebersole.

"Everything that South Carroll shot went in," he said.

Two three-pointers by Lindsay Baier and Sarah Rains helped the Cavaliers in the fourth period.

"Most people would have said we didn't have much of a chance looking at the records, but the girls are starting to believe in themselves and recognize that records aren't the only thing," Skierski said. "We're giving non-stop effort and are in super shape, so the girls didn't give up in the third and fourth quarters. Our half-court trap worked, plus we made our shots when it counted. In the past, we were missing those shots. This shows we can play with a good team."

South Carroll's only other win was against North Carroll, which is also struggling at 2-11.

"This gives us two wins in the past 10 days," Skierski said.

Two Cavs records fall

South Carroll wrestling coach Pete Olson said it's unusual for two school career records to be broken in the same week by two different individuals, but it happened last week for the Cavaliers.

Dan Patterson is the proud new owner of South Carroll's career win record with 115, surpassing the old mark of 113 held by Mike Muller.

And Bryan Hamper now holds the new career pin record of 76 after snapping Mike Muller's mark of 75.

But Patterson and Hamper will be looking over each other's shoulders at least a little bit for the rest of the season, because Hamper also has 111 wins, just four behind Patterson, and Patterson has 70 pins, just six behind Hamper. Stay tuned.

1,000-point club

Jon-David Byers joined an elite group of Westminster boys basketball players last Tuesday when he pumped in 22 points against Urbana to surpass 1,000 points for his career.

The senior 5-foot-10 shooting guard follows in the footsteps of Herman Costley, who scored his 1,000th point in 1991, and eventually became the Owls' all-time leading scorer at 1,487 points after averaging 31 points his senior year.

Jeff Hollingsworth scored 1,099 during a four-year career that ended in 1981, and Dale Freyman scored 1,068 during four years ending in 1964.

Byers added 29 points Friday against South Carroll, giving him 1,034 for his career.

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