Panthers winning with 10 go-to guys

A deep bench helps propel North Carroll


February 18, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After two of Carroll County's biggest scoring threats from last season graduated, North Carroll boys basketball coach Lloyd Ford wondered where his points would come from this winter.

With the regular season winding to an end, the answer is clear: Just about everyone.

Running what Ford calls an offense with "interchangeable parts," the Panthers have become one of the county's toughest teams to beat despite not having a player averaging in double figures.

"We're pretty confident, with some of the players coming off the bench," said Ford, whose team goes 10 deep. "I think it has served us in some games where we've been able to keep the tempo fairly high. We can go at a pretty good constant speed throughout the game because of that."

The team, which was 12-7 through Thursday, lost a large chunk of its offensive firepower from last season with the graduation of All-County guards Brandon Tomlinson and Taylor Bosley. Now, Steve Janowitz leads the team at 9.8 points per game, followed by A.J. Capece (9.2) and Brett Ford (7.5).

Ford said that not having only one "go-to" player has its advantages.

"A lot of teams like the challenge of trying to stop a big scorer, because if they can do that, then they've got a very good chance of winning the game," Ford said. "For me, it's a challenge to figure out who will be putting up those 6-to-10 points that night, and hopefully having them on the floor at the right time."

Pinned by weather

No other sport was affected more by last week's weather than wrestling, as athletes were forced to forgo practice for three days heading into yesterday's Carroll County tournament.

"This time of year, it's a big thing," South Carroll coach Dennis Frazier said. "The kids are ready - I'm not teaching them anything different - but physically they have to stay on the bubble [weight-wise] and be ready to go. You just can't do that on your own. If you could, you wouldn't need coaches."

Frazier called each of his wrestlers Thursday to remind them that if they had school on Friday, they wouldn't be given any weight allowances at the tournament. School did open Friday, but were two hours late.

Players honored

A pair of boys basketball players from Carroll County have been named Monocacy Valley Players of the Week in their respective conferences.

Westminster guard Kevin Carr took top honors in the Chesapeake Conference, leading the Owls to a pair of wins and turning in a career game in the process. The senior scored 37 points - making eight of his 10 three-point attempts - and dished out five assists in a 70-59 win against Thomas Johnson.

The win was Westminster's third straight against the seven-time state champion Patriots.

Carr then returned two days later to contribute 17 points and eight assists in a 75-55 win over Tuscarora.

In the Piedmont Conference, Winters Mill forward Brett Burrier shared the honor with Walkersville's Jabari Brown. Burrier averaged 21 points in two games, including a season-high 35 in a 69-63 win over Frederick.

Burrier had also won the award for the week ending Jan. 6.

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