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Boys Basketball: Kelly, South Carroll avenge loss to FSK

After being saddled with foul trouble and playing far fewer minutes than customary, South Carroll senior Silas Kelly had a unique problem late in the fourth quarter.

"I had so much energy," he said.

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So Kelly expended it all on an emphatic dunk with less than a minute left in South Carroll's 67-45 win over Francis Scott Key on Tuesday night.

South Carroll (8-8, 6-4 county) now has a comfortable lead over FSK (7-8, 5-6) in the Cowan Division of the Carroll County Athletic League.

The Cavaliers also avenged a 68-66 loss to FSK in December. FSK senior guard Jake Gosselin banked in a game-winning 3-pointer in the first matchup between the two divisional rivals.

The Eagles weren't nearly close enough for heroics this time around.

Instead, Kelly made the highlight fourth-quarter play. He caught a pass on the baseline, turned toward the basket and elevated for the dunk, prompting cheers from his South Carroll student peers. Despite missing most of the first half with foul trouble, Kelly had a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds.

"I wasn't playing much," Kelly said. "It was frustrating, so I took it out on the rim."

With Kelly and guard Cole Buffington (15 points) sitting with four fouls each in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers needed their reserves to play well. Junior guard Adam Russo converted 10-of-13 shots from the free-throw line. All 10 of his conversions came in the fourth quarter.

Senior Steven Baca, playing while Kelly sat, was a physical presence.

"Our bench really came through for us," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said.

He also singled out junior guard Henry Cook (14 points), who for periods in the second half was the only South Carroll starter on the floor.

Not that it bothered him.

"I didn't think of it like that," Cook said. "We were just out there playing together."

The Cavaliers had 20-3 first-quarter lead. The Cavaliers hit their first six 3-pointers, two each for Kelly, Buffington, and Quinn Carnes.

Meanwhile, FSK, known for its terrific perimeter shooting, missed its first 11 3-pointers. FSK's first 3-pointer didn't come until senior forward Carson Garvis connected with four minutes left in the third quarter.

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The Cavaliers did not give up many open looks, challenging the Eagles shooters and managing to get back on defense.

Even so, FSK kept it close in the third quarter. FSK junior Rashad Giles had five steals. Freshman Drue Giles had two steals, leading to transition opportunities.

"They never give up," Cook said of the Eagles.

But FSK shot just 19 percent from 3-point range, well below its season average. FSK never led.

The Cavaliers responded after losing 43-30 to Winters Mill on Monday night. South Carroll hosts Liberty this Friday night. FSK has lost two straight and will host North Carroll Friday night.

After Tuesday night's win, Kelly said that the Winters Mill loss served as a motivator, particularly for the team's backup players who did not play much against the Falcons.

"This was their chance," Kelly said.

South Carroll (67): Silas Kelly 17, Cole Buffington 15, Henry Cook 14, Adam Russo 10, Quinn Carnes 6, Kyle Dizon 2, Bret Morsberger 2, Steven Baca 1.

FSK (45): Carson Garvis 15, Rashad Giles 7, Jake Gosselin 6, Cameron Derr 6, Drue Giles 5, Manny Castillo 4, Trent Copenhaver 2.

Halftime: SC, 24-16

JV result: SC, 41-33.

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