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Whitman stops South Carroll 3A WEST GIRLS


It wasn't the same South Carroll Cavaliers we've grown accustomed to seeing.

Nicole Spencer sat helplessly on the bench for the entrie second half with an ice pack on her knee. Cee Wagener and Lindsey Vosloh were both in early foul trouble and Melissa Gettemy fouled out late.

On top of all that, the No. 5 Cavs ran into an aggressive Walt Whitman team that came ready to play.

As the final seconds wound down on a South Carroll season that featured 22-straight wins, the familiar reserves were on the floor.

Only this time, it was the Cavaliers who were on the loosing side of a 60-41 decision as top-seeded Whitman came away with the Class 3A West Region last night.

"This was the kind of season you just dream about as a coach. We had 12 players who treated each other like sisters. It was just one of those nights," said South Carroll coach Al Skierski.

"We had a run no one thought was possible. All along we knew the possibility was there of losing. And we played with a lot of poise throughout. We knew there was a chance of the bubble bursting and it did tonight."

The Cavaliers started slow and did all they could to recover, but as the game wore on they simply ran out of resources. The offense was filled with missed shots and careless turnovers as the Cavs managed only eight points well into the second quarter.

Wagener and Vosloh both picked up their third fouls early in the second quarter and Spencer hobbled off the court midway through the second quarter after landing hard upon her knee.

Spencer returned for the final minute of the first half but wasn't able to come back in the second. In her sophomore season, she tore ligaments in her right knee. Last night, she may have done the same thing with her left knee.

"I probably have the same injury," she said. "No matter where you are though, you're still part of the team. And we stuck in there and didn't give up."

Despite the poor start, the Cavaliers only trailed 28-22 at the half largely due to senior guard Amber Clutter, who hit three straight threes just before half and added a steal and layup with 15 seconds left before intermission.

"I said in the locker room, we didn't play well and we'll still only down six," Clutter said. "And then we found out Nikki [Spencer] was really hurting and we got a little down. We had fun throughout the year and just had some trouble tonight missing some shots we normally would make. We're proud of ourselves."

Whitman opened the third quarter with the first two baskets to quickly to bring the margin back up to 10.

Minus Spencer and with Wagener having to play cautiously with the foul problems, The Cavaliers were overmatched. Whitman guard Kim Bretz did most of the damage from the outside with 17 points and Courtney Gaine took advantage inside with 18 points.

"You have to give Whitman credit," Skierski said. "Their girls were very physical and moved the ball very well."

"They came out well in the second half with the first two baskets to put it back to double digits, that was big. We ran out of clock and bodies."

* C. Milton Wright 45, Bel Air 29: Erin Updegrove scored a game-high 14 points, leading host and four-seeded C. Milton Wright (17-8) past six-seed Bel Air (13-12) in the state 3A North region championship game.

The win gave the Mustangs their first regional title, and advanced them to Thursday's Class 3A state semifinals at UMBC.

* Mount Hebron 59, Howard 47: Alisha Mosley scored 31 points, including 14-for-14 from the free throw line, leading No. 11 Mount Hebron past visiting and No. 13 Howard, in the state 3A East region championship game.

Kathy Doyle added 20 points and eight rebounds. Mona Jackson scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds and five steals to lead Howard.

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