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Friday, a first: Carroll Christian visits Liberty


The Carroll Christian boys basketball team will finally get a chance to see how it stacks up against a Carroll County public school when it visits the Liberty Lions on Friday night.

The game will mark the first time the Patriots, who won the Maryland Association of Christian Schools state title last season, will go up against another county team. They'll bring a 7-0 record into the contest with Liberty, which also is enjoying early-season success at 4-1, including yesterday's 69-47 win against River Hill.

"I don't know how we'll match up. I know one thing, our kids don't quit," said Carroll Christian coach Randy Peterson. "We're looking forward to it and are thankful they gave us a chance to play. We wanted to upgrade our non-conference schedule, and this will be a big test."

The Patriots' toughest test so far came on Monday when they came from behind to beat Granite, 67-64. Roger Davenport's three-point play with 1: 55 left gave the Patriots the lead for good at 63-60.

The Lions are led by 5-11 senior guard Artie Burkindine, who's averaging about 20 points a game, and senior forward Bill Marriott, who's at 15 a game. Size may be important. The Lions have some size up front with 6-5 Jeff Wharton and 6-2 Luke Vriezen. The Patriots' tallest regular is 6-1.

Green Terror at the break

Western Maryland College's teams have closed up for the holidays. Here's how things look:

Women's basketball: The team finished the 1996 portion of its schedule at 4-2, following Saturday's 79-70 win over Messiah.

Junior forward Katie Haley scored 21 points and added a career-high 16 rebounds in the win. She leads the Green Terror in scoring (19.2) and rebounding (9.5), and with four a game, sharesthe lead in assists.

Senior point guard Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) is averaging 11.5 points a game, with 4.8 rebounds and four assists. With 281 career assists, she needs just three more to become the school's all-time assist leader. Lisa Sullivan, a 1988 graduate, has the mark with 283 assists.

The Green Terror will return to the court on Jan. 5, hosting Wisconsin's Ripon College.

Men's basketball: The team is 2-4 at the break and 1-0 in the Centennial Conference after last week's 89-66 win over Ursinus.

Forward Will Marshall (19.3) is top scorer, and a pleasant surprise has been the emergence of freshman forward Brian Billman, a DeLone Catholic grad who started the Green Terror's last two games -- registering double-doubles in both games. In the Green Terror win against Ursinus, he scored 19 points and had 15 boards. He followed that with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 96-77 loss to Wesley.

The Green Terror will compete in the three-team Wilkes Colonel Classic, playing Marywood College of Scranton, Pa., on Jan. 4.

Wrestling: Western Maryland (2-0 in dual meet action) will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the Citrus Duals -- consisting of teams from all Division III schools -- on Dec. 29.

Leading the Green Terror is junior 142-pounder Steve Smiddy (10-2) and sophomore 134-pounder John Wert (10-3). Freshman Charlie Conaway (South Carroll) is 7-5 at 158 and has a team-high five pins.

Pub Date: 12/18/96

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