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Girls Basketball: South Carroll turns it around in second half, dispatches Century

South Carroll's Lauren Habighorst, center, fights for a loose ball while double-teamed by Century teammates Madison Plitt, left, and Demma Hall during a girls basketball game at South Carroll High School on Jan. 2, 2019.
South Carroll's Lauren Habighorst, center, fights for a loose ball while double-teamed by Century teammates Madison Plitt, left, and Demma Hall during a girls basketball game at South Carroll High School on Jan. 2, 2019. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

WINFIELD — South Carroll turned its first-half woes into an appetite for success against Century.

The Cavaliers used a 7-0 run in the third quarter to erase a 16-11 halftime deficit and overcome the visiting Knights 38-34 on Wednesday in Carroll County Athletic League action, their third victory in four games.

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Sophomore Bethany Fowler scored 12 points for the Cavs and five came in the third frame to help spark the team’s run. Kennedy Evans notched a steal and carried the ball down the court for a layup that gave the Cavs their first lead, 24-23, with 1 minute, 32 seconds left in the frame.

The Cavs scored 13 points in the third, 14 in the fourth to power past the Knights.

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Lauren Habighorst notched seven rebounds, two assists and a steal and Riley Evans brought down six boards for the Cavs (5-3, 2-1 county). Rachel Tackett and Sydni Carroll combined for 10 rebounds.

Century dominated the first half and held SC to just two points at the end of the first quarter, good for a 10-2 lead, thanks to two early 3-pointers from Jess Diorio.

The Knights maintained their composure to outscore the Cavaliers in the second quarter, but SC came out firing in the third. A 3 from Century’s Demma Hall gave the Knights a 22-13 lead, but it was all SC from there as the Cavs closed out the frame leading by one.

The Cavs capitalized on a 6-0 run in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 30-26 before a free throw from Hall trimmed the Knights’ deficit by three. Diorio scored five of her 13 points in the fourth frame alone.

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Fowler, who grabbed three steals in the game, grabbed one in final few minutes of play to get the ball back on offense for the Cavs. Tackett’s field goal finished the drive, and free throws from Sydni Carroll and Habighorst kept the hosts on top.

Diorio notched four rebounds and Sarah Deese and Hall each grabbed a steal for the Knights (2-8, 0-4).

South Carroll continues CCAL play with a big game Friday — in Uniontown to face first-place Francis Scott Key. Meanwhile, Century is off until Jan. 8 when it travels to Winters Mill.

Century (34): Jess Diorio 13, Sarah Deese 6, Emily Kain 6, Demma Hall 5.

South Carroll (38): Sydni Carroll 5, Bethany Fowler 12, Lauren Habighorst 3, Lily Cooper 3, Kennedy Evans 3, Sam Hardy 1, Riley Evans 4, Ashleigh Zepp 1, Rachel Tackett 8.

Halftime: Century, 16-11.

South Carroll's Rachel Tackett puts up a successful shot as Century's Eva Brandt tries to defend during a girls basketball game at South Carroll High School on Jan. 2, 2019..
South Carroll's Rachel Tackett puts up a successful shot as Century's Eva Brandt tries to defend during a girls basketball game at South Carroll High School on Jan. 2, 2019.. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

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