A group of small, speedy guards triggered a pair of second-quarter scoring runs and tossed in such good defense that South Carroll had its game at North Carroll wrapped up by halftime last night.
Kevin Damiano, Danny Tompkins and Derek Boswell, who come off the bench in coach Jim Carnes' rotation system, provided a five-minute highlight reel as the Cavaliers piled up a 38-18 halftime lead on their way to a 69-48 Central Maryland Conference victory.
The Cavaliers' sixth straight win -- all on the road -- boosted them to 7-2 overall, 2-0 in the CMC and 1-0 in the county. North Carroll dropped to 4-7, 1-2, 0-1, respectively.
The Cavs put up scoring bursts of 13-4 and 9-2 in a fast-paced segment before halftime.
Boswell, a junior who scored 26 last week at Howard, had 12 of his 15 in this span, including four free throws. His four baskets came on two open shots, a rebound, and off a steal.
Three seniors did the rest of the scoring, as Damiano contributed two three-pointers, Tompkins scored off a steal and David Keefer added a basket.
"Derek, Danny, and Kevin got us going in the second quarter," Carnes said, "and Keefer just continues to blend in, doing the dirty work."
Told the 6-foot, 225-pounder had six rebounds, four assists, and four steals to go with six points, the coach responded, "He's been playing like that all year."
South Carroll did this minus the services of 6-8 senior center Sam McGrane, who picked up his third personal foul with less than five minutes gone in the game. He ended with six points, seven below his average.
"We talked ahead of time about taking it to him hard," North Carroll coach Bernie Koontz said of facing McGrane. "We didn't want to let him intimidate us. Defensively, his presence inside lets them be aggressive out front, because they know they have him behind them.
"However, instead of taking advantage when he went out, I think we let down."
Last week, at home against Frederick, North Carroll slowed it down, made it a half-court game, and had enough to squeeze out a 61-58 overtime victory.
"That concerned me, because I saw their Frederick game and I didn't want them slowing it down against us. We want to play up-tempo," said Carnes.
Adam Hynes, a slender 6-foot-2 forward with a good shooting eye, led South Carroll with 18 points. Boswell and Damiano, with 10, were the others in double figures, as 11 players scored. Hynes, a 14-point scorer, has failed to reach double figures in only one game this season.
North Carroll's 10 scorers were topped by Mark Winemiller's 10 points.
Pub Date: 1/13/99