Annapolis High's fourth-ranked basketball team showed last night at No. 12 Meade that although it prefers an uptempo game, it can be just as effective pulling up and dissecting an opposing defense.
The Panthers, who were drawn into a shooting match by the Mustangs, struggled in the first half but found their range in the second to turn away the Mustangs for the second time this season, 62-58, in an Anne Arundel County 4A matchup.
"The difference was, they [Annapolis] were shooting the ball well and we weren't," said Meade's 14-year coach Butch Young, whose Mustangs were corralled by the Panthers, 96-59 in their Dec. 5 season-opener. "We got the ball inside where we wanted it [but it] just didn't seem to fall for us."
Annapolis (12-2) had some difficulty adjusting to the pace in the first quarter and quickly fell behind, 13-11. Meade center Robert Parker, 6 feet 8 and 255 pounds, made his presence felt in the first quarter as he swatted down three shots. He picked up a pair of early fouls, however, and was a spectator for most of the second and third quarters.
With Parker on the bench, the Mustangs were forced into a transition game in the second half. They managed to keep things close for a while before giving way to an 11-4 run that put the Panthers ahead, 40-29, with 6 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Annapolis' junior forward Robert Wooster, 6-5, tallied a team-high 19 points. The Panthers finished the third quarter strong and headed into the fourth quarter ahead 46-35.