S. Carroll rallies, gets by Westminster

Boone scores 29, powers No. 13 Cavs with late surge

Boys basketball

High schools

January 26, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Standing 6 feet 9 with arms that seem to reach the ceiling, Josh Boone is an imposing presence in the middle for No. 13 South Carroll. In the fourth quarter of last night's matchup of Carroll County unbeatens, the senior succeeded in slamming host Westminster's bid for an upset.

Boone scored 12 in the quarter, including eight in the first 1:58, to give the Cavaliers the lead for good in a 68-63 win.

After being held to two field goals in the first half, as Westminster built its lead to as many as 13, Boone took over after halftime, finishing with 29 points - five shy of a career high - 15 rebounds and seven blocks.

"We realized we had to pick it up a little bit," said Boone, a second-team All-Metro pick last season. "I think we worked a lot harder on offense ... and were a lot more patient with the ball."

Just as big a key, however, was South Carroll's ability to finally slow Westminster from the perimeter.

After being hurt early by Matt Frame (26 points), the Cavaliers (11-3, 5-2 Central Maryland Conference, 3-0 county) switched from a zone defense to man-to-man to choke off the Owls' attack. The strategy worked, with South Carroll holding Westminster (9-7, 3-5, 2-1) to 30 percent shooting after halftime.

"The key to the game was our defense," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "They were really on fire early, and we were lucky we didn't get buried the way we were playing. I didn't realize those guys could all shoot the ball like that, so we switched from zone to man."

After trailing 19-6, the Cavaliers got back into the game with a 15-2 run, giving them a 32-31 lead, their first of the game, with 33 seconds left in the first half.

But Westminster reestablished itself in the third quarter, with Frame scoring seven in the first 2:26 to give the Owls a 42-34 lead.

From then on, however, the game belonged to South Carroll. Led by Boone, who was 13-for-16 from the foul line, Bryan Lowry (14 points) and Jimmy Dahlgren (10), South Carroll took the lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

The win was especially important for the Cavaliers after Tuesday's 76-49 loss to conference rival Thomas Johnson.

"It's definitely an emotional lift," Boone said. "After the TJ game, we were all a little bit down, so we felt that we had something to prove tonight."

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