Well, the roads are clear and the snow drifts aren't as high as they once were. Basketball can resume. The Cavaliers were able to work in a shoot-around Friday. It appeared to help. South Carroll hit five 3-pointers, including three from Cole Buffington (11 points).
"But our shooting isn't why we won," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "It was our defense."
South Carroll had a 13-0 run in the second half, sparked by several defensive stops, including Buckley's mid-court steal and lay-in that prompted a timeout from Westminster coach Brett Kanther with less than 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Buffington had two 3-pointers in the rally.
"We have a lot of streaky shooters," Buckley said. "Everybody is capable of scoring for sure. It's just a matter of finding who is getting hot."
The Cavaliers got off to a sluggish start. Owls guard Justin Buberl hit two first quarter 3-pointers. Westminster led 11-2 with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
South Carroll kept chipping away from there. Forward Silas Kelly had a game-high 16 points. His interior presence made life difficult for Westminster's post players. Kelly had two blocks and affected several shots.
Buckley had 12 points for the Cavaliers. Henry Cook had 11. For Westminster (3-10, 2-6 county), Tate Seibel had nine points and nine rebounds.
Kanther wasn't willing to use the long layoff as an excuse for the Owls.
"This was the same for both sides," he said. "We all had to deal with it."