It's becoming a habit South Carroll coach Al Skierski would like to see more of.
For the second straight game, his Cavaliers defeated a ranked opponent when they beat No. 14 Wilde Lake, 46-41, last night in Winfield.
The Cavs, who defeated No. 9 Howard, 39-23, on Monday, had a good team effort to get by the previously unbeaten Wildecats.
South Carroll (3-1) led throughout the entire second half, but the Wildecats (3-1) got to within 41-40 when Amika Middletown made a jumper with 1:50 left.
The Cavaliers scored on their next possession when point guard Amber Clutter threaded a pass inside to Erin Nauyalis with 1:15 left.
The Wildecats still had a chance to win, but couldn't take advantage of the Cavaliers missing on four front ends of one-and-one situations.
Trailing 43-41, Wilde Lake's Natalie Froman was called for an intentional foul on Clutter, who made two free throws to give the Cavs a 45-41 lead. The Cavs got the ball back and worked some time off the clock.
"Being up three or four points is a big plus because you don't need to score points," Skierski said. "The girls did a good job handling the pressure and passing the ball."
Nicole Spencer led with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Molly Cage added 13.
"The girls are starting to play well under pressure and relaxing out there," Skierski said.
"We don't have any one big scorer inside or a real quick point guard. They all have abilities and are not afraid to use them. They look to one another and are working well together."
South Carroll had two nine-point leads in the third quarter, but an effective press kept the Wildecats close.
A number of Wilde Lake players had foul problems, which limited the Wildecats ability to use the press down the stretch. The Cavaliers scored on 16 of 32 free throws.
"The fouls really killed us," Wilde Lake coach Kelly Rosati said.
"With four girls in foul trouble, we had to drop the press because we didn't have the quicker players to go with. We played hard against a pretty good team."