S. Carroll uses alternate route to win

Outside shooting emerges against Westminster,

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 16, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Underdog Westminster entered last night's Carroll County showdown at No. 14 South Carroll hoping to shut down All-Metro center Josh Boone.

With their 6-foot-9 star attraction held in check, however, the Cavaliers' supporting cast made the difference in an 80-61 win.

Boone was consistently double-teamed and scored just two points in the first half to finish with 13, nine below his average and 16 less than when the teams last met. However, teammates Jimmy Dahlgren (20 points), Mike Medlar (14) and Shane Bessio (11) helped fill the void.

"Other teams see Josh as a focal point, which he is, but we can score other ways," Dahlgren said. "We proved that tonight. When they run those gimmick defenses, the rest of us have to step up."

The victory clinched the second straight county championship for South Carroll (17-4), which finished its league schedule at 6-0. Westminster (12-9) finished 4-2, with both losses to the Cavaliers.

Trailing by one point, the Cavaliers used a 9-0 run capped by Medlar's layup to take a 15-7 lead. Led by the perimeter shooting of Ryan Carr (20 points) and Matt Frame (19), however, Westminster hung tough, tying the game at 31 on Carr's 15-footer with just over two minutes left in the first half.

The second half, however, belonged to the Cavaliers.

Determined to get Boone on track, South Carroll's guards quickly started to find the center in the paint, and Boone took care of the rest, scoring five points in the first 3:21 to lead his team on a 16-3 run that extended its lead to 53-36.

"We knew Medlar or Dahlgren or [Shane] Bessio were going to get good looks," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "Mike had his best game ... and Bessio hit some threes. It was a chess match back and forth. The other guys [besides Boone] were who determined the game."

In uncharacteristic fashion, the Cavaliers hit 10 shots from 15 feet or beyond, including six three-pointers.

"I think the biggest thing they did was make perimeter shots, and that forced our hand a little bit," said Westminster coach Dave Herman. "It seemed like everybody they brought in could shoot the ball. We had to go for normal pressure on shooters, which forced us to take some of the emphasis away from Josh."

South Carroll will wrap up its regular season Tuesday when it travels to Frederick to face Central Maryland Conference champion Thomas Johnson, a team that handed it a 27-point loss earlier this season.

"We're going to try to use tonight's game, then go in to TJ on Tuesday and use it as a springboard into the the playoffs," Dahlgren said.

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