North Carroll's threes sink Francis Scott Key

Panthers take quick lead, cruise to victory, 58-48

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January 30, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

North Carroll's long-range shooting ability disrupted Francis Scott Key's game plan early, and the Panthers rolled to an easy 58-48 victory in Uniontown last night.

The Eagles wanted to establish their inside game to Chris Bassler and Kody Jenkins (14 points, six assists), and started the game in a 3-2 zone to keep those two from picking up any early fouls, said Eagles coach Terry Brant.

Bassler, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center who scored 12 points, had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, scored the first basket on an inside move.

But North Carroll (10-6 overall, 5-3 league) then sank their first three shots - all of them three-pointers, and raced to a 9-2 lead.

North Carroll's shooting guard Chris Vaughn, who led all scorers with 18 points, made two of those three-point opening shots.

"We were firing on all cyclinders," he said. "They were in a zone right away, and that gets me excited because I don't like having to drive that much. We're definitely an outside shooting team."

Brant's Eagles panicked after the three quick long-range baskets.

"When a team hits early outside, you tend to think you have to match them," he said.

The Eagles (9-6, 7-4) quickly abandoned their inside game and tried to match the Panthers' outside shooting. They came up only 2-for-12 from three-point range in the first half, however, and fell behind 32-18 at halftime. They were 5-for-20 on threes for the game.

Tommy Fletcher sank a three to start the second half for Francis Scott Key. But there was no match for the Panthers, who went on to hit four threes in the third quarter and build their lead to 47-27 after three quarters.

For the game, North Carroll sank nine three-pointers, including four by Vaughn and two by Matt Capece.

Francis Scott Key finally made the game interesting in the fourth quarter after falling behind 51-38 early in that period.

The Eagles held North Carroll without a basket for almost the first six minutes of that quarter, and outscored the Panthers 21-11 for the period.

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