It was four years ago when the Westminster-South Carroll girls basketball rivalry reached a higher level.
The Owls' Jill Ibex and South Carroll's Ce Wagener -- both senior centers now -- were learning from the likes of former standouts Beth Lister and Nicole Spencer. Since, it's always been these two teams a notch better than the rest in Carroll County.
Last night in Westminster, the two teams went at it for a final time this season. Ten seniors started the game, and after the No. 16 Owls avenged an earlier loss to the No. 10 Cavs with a 51-44 win, there was a degree of closure.
"A lot of us have been playing with and against each other since sixth grade," Wagener said. "It's kind of sad. It's like the last time we'll see each other with everyone going off to different colleges and stuff."
The Owls (12-6) moved into a tie with South Carroll (14-4) in the county race, with both teams having 3-1 records and North Carroll and Liberty to play.
Just as the Cavaliers put it to the Owls on their own home court with a 45-35 win in the first meeting earlier in the season, the Owls returned the favor last night with a blue-collar effort.
Ibex led the way with 17 points. Courtney Wunderlich (11 points) came up big offensively in the pivotal third quarter when the Owls built an 11-point lead. Guards Kim Frame and Lauren Henry were taking care of the ball and making things happen with tight defense.
"The kids came out with energy," said Westminster coach Bernie Koontz. "This is a good group of seniors -- good basketball players. They just have to go out and play that way."
South Carroll coach Al Skierski's last instruction before the start of the game was "no silly fouls." It didn't happen.
Senior point guard Lindsey Vosloh picked up her third foul in the first quarter, and Wagener had her third midway through the second -- both fouled out.
The middle of the third is when when the Owls took over, going on a 10-0 run to take a 32-21 lead.
Wunderlich started it with a three-pointer with 5: 35 left.
In the past three years, the two teams have each won a Carroll County title and shared another one. They seem on the way to sharing the title for the second straight season.
Aberdeen 66, Bel Air 60: Senior guard Nick Triandafilou pumped in 40 points, but could not singlehandedly overcome the 11th-ranked Eagles on the road. Senior center Matt Wyant (12 points) was one of only three Bobcats who scored. Aberdeen (15-2) was led by junior center E.J. Henderson's 21 points.
Pub Date: 2/07/97