Westminster assistant coach Shawn Minnier complimented the Owls’ passing game at one point in the second quarter of their Carroll County Athletic League matchup against South Carroll on Monday.
It’s something the Owls have been focusing on for quite a while, especially in regrouping from four very close losses this season.
“In those close losses, it’s a pass here or a tip there so if they start to focus in on identifying when and how to make the pass and what’s open versus trying to force something on their first look, things will start to become a little more structured,” Owls coach Dave Urban said. “Tonight, that’s what they did.”
Urban added that despite starting off a little rocky against the Cavaliers, they got into a rhythm and read one another’s moves a bit better.
The Owls defeated the Cavaliers 49-36, with the help of a 13-0 second-quarter run. Senior forward Zoe Costley led the Owls with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Sophia Diehl added 16 points and six boards.
Sophomore guard Jillian Pumputis notched five assists — a team-high for the Owls (6-4, 3-2 in the CCAL).
“I think we did really well passing and waiting for the right moment,” Pumputis said.
Diehl hit a 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the first quarter to tie the teams at 9-9, but the Owls’ big scoring run ensued to give the hosts a 19-11 lead that crossed into the second quarter. South Carroll sophomore Bethany Fowler, who scored seven points for the Cavaliers, came up with a pair of big stops in the second frame.
Olivia Reardon’s field goal trimmed the Cavs’ deficit 23-13, but the Owls garnered a 6-0 scoring spurt to increase their lead by 20 at 33-13. Diehl scored 10 of her 16 points in the third quarter to help the Owls pick up a 42-23 lead at the end of the frame.
Westminster held South Carroll to just eight points in the quarter.
SC’s Ashleigh Zepp scored eight of her team-high 10 points in the final quarter and sparked a 4-0 run for the Cavs (5-5, 2-3). The Cavs netted the final nine points of the game, including a 3 from Reardon, but they came up short and dropped their second county contest in as many games.
Meanwhile, Westminster snapped a two-game skid with Monday’s win. Urban said the Owls operate as one program and the junior varsity and varsity teams usually practice together to give each other the same level of practice.
Pumputis attested to this and said the sense of togetherness helps the girls succeed in their games.
“We do some kind of passing drill in practice every day and that helps us a lot in the games,” Pumputis said. “We don’t really set apart from the younger girls or the older girls, we all just work together.”
South Carroll (36): Sydni Carroll 2, Bethany Fowler 7, Olivia Reardon 5, Lauren Habighorst 4, Lilly Cooper 2, Sarah Hardy 4, Ashleigh Zepp 10.