South Carroll boys fall to Easton in 2A state semifinal

March 12, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — South Carroll found a number of wide-open shots in Friday's Class 2A state semifinals. The Cavaliers got good looks from the corners, the wings and a number of other places.

But they couldn't make the shots. After scoring 13 points in just over four minutes at the start, No. 12 South Carroll suddenly went cold. That allowed Easton to bounce back and pull away for a 69-52 victory over the Cavaliers at Comcast Center.

South Carroll (24-2), trying for its first state final appearance in 22 years, suffered its second loss in the state semifinals in the past three seasons.

The Cavaliers shot just 26 percent (16-for-61) from the field, including going 8-for-38 in the second half (21 percent), as Easton (24-3) took command.

"We missed a couple of shots and we forced a little bit, in my opinion," said South Carroll coach Doug Goff. "We felt a little rhythm. I think we tried to keep that and tried to see if we kept that hot hand going, didn't stay hot, and [that helped] them run … and turned the tide on us early."

South Carroll's biggest dry spell came when it made just one basket over a period of 11 minutes, 16 seconds from early in the second quarter until late in the third. Easton — led by Jah'Sheme Ringgold (19 points) — turned a five-point deficit into a 12-point lead during that stretch.

Ryan McTavish ended his South Carroll career with 26 points and became Carroll County's all-time leading scorer. But McTavish struggled also, making seven of 25 from the field, although he hit all nine free throws and gave South Carroll a boost in the final minutes.

"Coach told me before the fourth quarter started to take over the game, and I tried to do whatever I could to help the team out," McTavish said. "We made a run, but we just came up short."

South Carroll took a 13-5 lead just over four minutes into the game. But Easton slowly began to take charge after that, getting a boost when South Carroll point guard Dan Mullen picked up his third foul with 5:05 left in the second period and sat for the rest of the half.

Easton scored 11 of the final 14 points in the first half for a 28-23 lead. The Warriors then scored the first nine second-half points, as South Carroll didn't get a point until a McTavish layup with 2:28 left in the third quarter. The Cavaliers got only five points in the period.

E- Ringgold 19, Greene 10, Gibson 16, Jeter 9, Miller 4, Washington 3, Pulley 2, Bullock 6. Totals: 23 20-31 69.

S- Hunsberger 7, Martin 2. R McTavish 26, G. McTavish 12, McBryde 3, MacIvor 2. Totals: 16 14-16 52. Half: E, 28-23.

 

South Carroll got off to a great start Friday night. The Cavaliers scored 13 points in just over four minutes, hitting long shots, passing smoothly and keeping the quicker Easton team at bay.

But No. 12 South Carroll suddenly went cold late in the first period. The Cavaliers scored only 10 points in the final 11 minutes of the half and found more problems in the third period, as Easton took the lead and pulled away for a 69-52 victory in a Class 2A state semifinal at Comcast Center.

This was South Carroll's second loss in the state semifinals in the past three years. The Cavaliers, who were trying to reach a state championship game for the first time since 1989, finished the season with a 24-2 record.

South Carroll, which entered the night averaging nearly 61 points per game, never had problems finding good shots in this contest — they just weren't able to make them.

Ryan McTavish became the leading scorer in Carroll County history with his 26-point effort, but it wasn't enough.

Eric Hunsberger and Ryan McTavish made back-to-back 3-pointers to gave South Carroll a 13-5 lead with 3:45 left in the first period, but Easton slowly began to fight back after that.

The Warriors scored the final five points of the period to cut the Cavaliers' lead to 13-10 heading into the second quarter.

Hunsberger hit a 3 to give South Carroll a 19-14 lead with 5:44 left in the half, but Easton took charge after that.

Andre Gibson's running jumper in the lane gave Easton a 21-20 edge with 1:44 left in the half. The Warriors scored 11 of the final 14 points of the half en route to a 28-23 lead at the break.

South Carroll had problems with foul trouble, as starting point guard Dan Mullen picked up his third foul with 5:05 left in the second period and sat out the rest of the half. That seemed to slow the Cavaliers on offense.

South Carroll made just one basket in the final 5:44 of the first half and went even colder in the first part of the third quarter. McTavish's layup with 2:28 left in that period was South Carroll's first basket of the quarter, as the Cavaliers made just one basket over a stretch of 11:16.

Jah'Sheme Ringgold (19 points), and Gibson (14 points) helped Easton outscore South Carroll 15-5 in the third quarter, as the Warriors took a 43-28 lead.

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