WINFIELD — South Carroll scored eight straight points to begin Wednesday’s Carroll County Athletic League contest against against Manchester Valley, and the Cavaliers never faltered.
Led by sophomore Bethany Fowler, the Cavs defeated the Mavericks 40-19 and got back on a winning track.
Fowler notched a double-double for South Carroll (6-5, 3-3 CCAL) with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kennedy Evans had six points and rebounds apiece, in addition to two steals.
Wednesday’s game was a positive upswing from Monday’s loss at Westminster, and SC coach Jim Shea said the team had a solid Tuesday practice, made a few adjustments, and brought everyone back to focus in preparation for Man Valley.
“They came in tonight and they really bought into all the changes that we did and we played a complete game for four quarters,” Shea said. “That’s what it takes to play against a team like Manchester Valley. That’s a good basketball team so it takes four quarters to really get them and our defense is what did it, once again, tonight.”
Amelia Saunders sank two 3-pointers to bring the Mavericks’ within six of South Carroll at the end of the first quarter. But the Cavaliers opened up an 11-0 run with the help of seven points from Fowler.
Saunders used a pair of free throws to cut that run with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the first half.
The Cavaliers led Man Valley 22-8 at the break — Saunders scored all eight for the Mavs and closed out the game with 14 of the team’s 19 points.
Fowler notched 13 of South Carroll’s 22 points in the half.
“Beth’s able to be really sneaky and kind of read the defense really well, get a lot of steals and a lot of breakaways with layups, which is helpful,” Shea said. “It’s nice to get those layups and have them go in when you’re trying to win a big game.”
Saunders scored four points in a row to open the second half scoring and trimmed the deficit 22-12, but SC’s Rachel Tackett answered right back to make it 24-12. The Cavs closed out the third quarter with eight straight points to take a commanding 32-14 lead heading into the fourth.
Man Valley’s Kassidy Johnson, who had five rebounds on the night, hit a 3 with 4:45 left to cut into the Cavs’ run. Saunders had six rebounds and three steals, Josey Klingenberg had five steals and four rebounds, and Erin Piper notched five rebounds for the Mavericks (4-7, 1-4).
South Carroll snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory and have now picked up CCAL wins against Century, Liberty, and Man Valley.
The Mavericks defeated Century for their lone county win of the year to date.
Fowler said she thought the Cavaliers had good ball movement and that started with the team’s defense, a point Shea entered the program intending to focus on with the girls.