Basketball and wrestling underway in the first week of New Year

While the COVID-19 pandemic keeps much of the high school sports world in Maryland on lock-down, Carroll County returned to competition this week with the beginning of its basketball and wrestling seasons.

The first wrestling match took place on Tuesday evening with perennial power South Carroll defeating Winters Mill, 50-15, and basketball followed on Wednesday with two boys games and three girls contests.

On the hardwood, Winters Mill opened with a 53-38 victory over Francis Scott Key, in girls action, as Sophia Barnes paced the Falcons with a double-double, scoring 12 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Allie Cullison also scored 12 point for Winters Mill, while Ally Mathias netted 19 points and collected 12 rebounds to lead FSK.

Also in girls action, Liberty rolled over Century, 56-31, and South Carroll topped Westminster, 56-42.

Liberty had four players combine for 41 points, with Alex Bull and Jess Littlejohn each scoring 11 and Samantha Hardy and Kayla Allen combining for 20. Olivia Reardon’s 13 points paced South Carroll, while Westminster’s Jillian Pumputis led all scorers with 20 points.

On the boys’ side, Century, the reigning Carroll County champion, opened its season with a 56-49 win over Liberty, avenging a loss to the Lions in last year’s 2A West Region final. Colby Owings paced the Knights with 18 points, followed by 13 from Noah Riley and 11 from Andrew Marcinko.

Shane Stewart had 13 points for the Lions and Jayden Adams netted 10.

In Wednesday’s other boys game, South Carroll got a double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) from Karson Pavlik in their win over Westminster, while Tucker Eckerd and Chase Fowble combined for 19 points. Liam Long scored 12 points for Westminster and the Owls also received 11 points from Erick Stranko.

In Tuesday’s wrestling match, South Carroll opened with a technical fall from Brandon Athey, at 160, and built a quick 22-0 lead with a major decision by Rylan Moose (170) and pins from Austin Bridge (182) and Antonio Bradford (195).

The Cavaliers got additional pins from Gage Owen (132) and Jake Rippeon (152), tech falls from Ryan Athey (120) and AJ Rodrigues (145) and a major decision from Michael Pizzuto (126).

Can McCauley (220) recorded Winters Mill’s only pin, while Zach Kirby had a decision at 138.