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Centennial boys, Glenelg girls win championships


Centennial had too much of everything for Francis Scott Key last night and waltzed to an 86-78 victory in the boys championship game of the North Carroll Holiday basketball tournament.

The Eagles (6-2) won their sixth straight game with a balanced scoring attack and an ability to score at will.

Centennial coach Jim Hill went to his bench early and often and 11 players got into the scoring column, led by senior guard Kurt Weitzel's 17 points.

Kevin O'Connor (14 points), David Hudson (13) and Seann Jones (12) also scored in double figures for the Eagles, who bolted to a 45-28 advantage at halftime.

Jones was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament, and was joined by Hudson on the all-tournament team.

Francis Scott Key (4-2) rallied at times in the third and fourth quarters behind the shooting of Mike Crawmer (21 points), Steve Wright (18 points) and Topher Casserly (15 points), but never got closer than seven points.

Joining Jones and Hudson on the all-tournament team were Casserly, Rick Fehr of Fallston and Bruce Wright of North Carroll.

In the girls championship, Glenelg was hindered by another slow start but was able to overcome it with a superb fourth-quarter performance by Trish Kilroy to post a 50-48 win over North Carroll.

The Gladiators (6-1) received 14 points from Kilroy in the final eight minutes to prevent North Carroll (3-4) from winning on a night the Panthers played easily their best game of the season.

Kilroy wound up with 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners, including the game-winner with three seconds left when she hit a layup off a perfect pass from Kim Brown.

Glenelg did exactly what it needed to do to win by going to Kilroy almost every time down the floor in the fourth quarter. Kilroy was the only senior on the floor for the winners and she came through in crunch time.

Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst said of the comeback: "I just told the kids at halftime that we had to go out and show some fire and outhustle a team that was beating us to the ball in the first half. I told them I hope this was the last of our slow starts this season."

The Panthers, who were coached by assistant Mary Davis last night in the absence of Greg Knill who had knee surgery yesterday, did almost everything right the entire game except stop Kilroy in the end.

But North Carroll just didn't have enough offensive punch down the stretch to win.

"If the game was 48 seconds shorter we would have won," said Davis.

"But I don't want to make any excuses for us losing. We had an awful lot of momentum going in that first half and just lost some of it in the third quarter. Our girls played hard and pretty much under control the whole game. They really wanted to defend their North Carroll Christmas tournament championship."

Centennial won the girls consolation with a 46-30 victory over Francis Scott Key.

Fallston took the boys consolation by rolling to a 63-39 win over North Carroll.

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