For South Carroll, it's all about positive vibes.
The Cavaliers scored 23 straight points in a three-quarter span to overpower Francis Scott Key 66-28 in a Class 2A West Section 2 quarterfinal at South Carroll on Friday.
Senior guard Keriann McTavish scored a game-high 18 points. Senior forward Bri Heim had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, including two assists and three steals. Senior guard Sam Franklin added 10 points and four assists.
"It helps having senior leadership," McTavish said. "We're all positive with each other, we give each other high fives over every good thing and even when we're not good, we keep each other going which helps a lot for us."
The Cavs (15-7) held FSK to 14 points in the first half, leading 31-14 at the break. With 2:18 remaining in the second, Heim scored to give the Cavs a 26-14 lead, while the Eagles (2-21) didn't score again until the 6:44 mark in the fourth frame.
The Cavs went 10-for-18 from the free-throw line in the second half, four opportunities of which came within the final minute of the game.
"We're usually a defensive team in the beginning but we didn't have that and we were a little off," Heim said. "Once we turned around to offense where we started scoring, that defensive energy helped."
McTavish ranks among the top five in county scoring and now has 894 points in her career.
Part of what makes the senior guard so coachable for SC coach Liz Padgett is her ability to perform at the highest level, but also give that chance to her teammates as well.
"Keriann's one of the most competitive kids I have ever put on the floor," Padgett said. "Some might interpret that as tough but any coach in this county would trade to have her. That kid lives and breathes winning and I love it."
Senior guard Chelsea Damron scored a team-high nine points for the Eagles. Senior forward Tiera Whittaker added six points, 16 rebounds, three steals and an assist.
Eagles coach Jen Gosselin said that her girls don't lack team chemistry, but that there is a lack in communication on the court that needed improvement this season.
"We started with a lot of inexperienced varsity players which makes a difference because playing at a different level is hard and they don't always know what to expect," she said. "There were moments in games when we were in it for a long time but there were times where we looked lost and we just didn't jell right.
"All I can say is that hopefully these younger players grow from this year and bring back some experience to work on the skills and hopefully the chemistry as far as game play will be stronger."
The Cavs advance to host Winters Mill in a section semifinal on Tuesday at 6:30.
"We're pumped," Padgett said. "We've been waiting all season for this and we haven't had our big win, so to say, we're ready to go and we'll beat who we need to beat to get where we have to go.
"We've been working on getting louder, pushing the ball and working on these seniors taking this team where they have't been before."
Francis Scott Key (28): Chelsea Damron 9, Sara Warthen 5, Delaney Norris 3, Bailey Mathias 3, Tiera Whittaker 6, Kennedy Cornick 2.
South Carroll (66): Jordan Duley 3, Rachel Estes 4, Greta Knopp 2, Sam Franklin 10, Keriann McTavish 18, Allison Weis 5, Bailey Patrick 6, Riley Evans 2, Bri Heim 16.
Halftime: SC, 31-14.