If the North Carroll girls basketball team has any hope of climbing back into the Central Maryland Conference title chase, this week could give the Panthers a toehold.

But if they are going to do it, thePanthers must do it on the road.

North Carroll (10-6 overall, 4-3 in the CMC) visits CMC leader Linganore (6-2 in the league) tonight with a 6 o'clock junior varsity game followed by the varsity contest about 7:30. On Friday, the Panthers visit second-place Frederick (5-3 in the league), also at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Tonight's key for the Panthers will be slowing Susie Bakerand Carrie Jenkins, the Lancers' top scorers. The Panthers also musttie up Pam Anderson, who scored 18 points Friday in Linganore's 47-33 victory over South Carroll.

Against Frederick, the Panthers willhave to contend with the scoring of Latoya Hall (16 points per game)and the inside power of Carmen George (18.3 rebounds per game).

North Carroll will respond with Lisa Garland, who is among the county leaders in just about every statistical category -- averaging 14.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.5 steals and one blocked shot pergame.

Also on the upcoming schedule is an intra-county game between Westminster and Liberty in Eldersburg at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday. Liberty, at 9-8 overall, 3-4 in the CMC and 2-1 in the county, will try to stop a two-game losing streak though hobbled by injury and illness. Westminster (7-8, 2-4, 1-1) will be looking to gain consistency.

One other girls game tonight features South Carroll at Thomas Johnson (6 and 7:30), while on Friday night, Francis Scott Key visits Walkersville at 6 and 7:30.

In other sports this weekend:

* Westminster will try to stay atop the CMC and county standings with a home game against Liberty at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday. The Owls, 9-5 overall, were unbeaten in both leagues heading into last night's game against Frederick (after press time).

Westminster has a two-game cushionin the CMC, as both Thomas Johnson and Frederick had two losses after weekend action.

The Owls picked up a big win over Class 4A Seneca Valley of Montgomery County Friday in a game that had no bearing oncounty and CMC standings but will boost Westminster in the Region I playoffs.

Other boys games include a Thursday contest between Key and Walkersville in Uniontown (5:30 and 7 p.m.). Frederick is at North Carroll at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday.

* The county wrestling tournament begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Francis Scott Key.

North Carrollis the prohibitive favorite and could have seven to 10 individual champions in the 13 weight classes. The Panthers are coming off a strong showing in Saturday's CMC championships in Frederick.

The interesting race will be for second in the county. Frederick and Linganore pulled something of a surprise in the CMC meet by finishing second and third. Westminster and Liberty, fourth and fifth respectively in the CMC meet, will battle Monocacy Valley Athletic League foe Key for second, with Westminster having the inside track.

* Two weeks ago, the Western Maryland men's basketball team was in position to make a run at a Middle Atlantic Conference playoff spot.

Since then, the Terrors have gone 1-3 in section games (before last night's home gameagainst Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) College (after press time) and have dropped from the playoff chase. Now, the struggle is to finish above .500.

The Terrors visit Goucher College in Baltimore County at 7p.m. tomorrow, then travel to Moravian at 8 p.m. Saturday for a conference game.

The Green Terror women, coming off Saturday's stunning victory over Johns Hopkins University, are at home 2 p.m. Saturday against Gettysburg (Pa.) College. At 9-10 heading into last night's game with Franklin & Marshall, the women also are struggling to make .500.

The wrestling team heads to Susquehanna (Pa.) University Saturday for a 1 p.m. tri-meet that includes NCAA Division III powerhouse Delaware Valley (Pa.) College, a perennial contender for the MAC championship.

Finally, the swim team has its next-to-last tuneup before the MAC Championships, as the Terrors play host to Dickinson (Pa.) College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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