WESTMINSTER — A 10-0 Frederick spurt at the end of the third quarter broke open a close contest Tuesday as the visiting Cadets handed the Westminster girls basketball team its second loss in as many nights, 63-46.
With Frederick leading 39-37, Angie Davis hit two inside baskets to givethe Cadets a 43-37 lead at the end of three quarters.
Davis opened the fourth with another hoop off a rebound miss, andTonya Boyce hit two jumpers to complete the spurt and give the Cadets a 49-37.
"We didn't box out well on the off-side, and they were very aggressive on the boards," said Westminster first-year coach Bernie Koontz.
"Last night (a 61-60 loss at North Carroll Monday) really took a lot out of us. We had a good first half, and then our energy level fell in the second."
The loss drops Westminster to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the Central Maryland Conference. Frederick improves to 11-5 and 6-2 in conference play.
Westminster got off to a quickstart in the first quarter -- something the Owls didn't do in its 58-49 loss at Frederick when the teams first met Jan. 10.
The Owls jumped out to a 10-2 lead last night, paced by Jessica Farinholt's jumper and three-pointer.
Frederick ended the first quarter on a 10-4run to cut the lead to 14-12.
While Westminster -- particularly Judie Marcus, who scored seven first-quarter points -- was hitting from the outside, Frederick was answering with a strong inside game led by Jolynn Taylor and Davis. The two combined for 37 of the Cadets' 63points -- getting most of them on offensive rebound put-backs.
Marcus opened the second quarter with a jumper to push the Owls' lead to four at 16-12 before Frederick tied things at 16 on consecutive baskets from Taylor and Davis with just under six minutes left in the half.
Frederick took the lead for good at 20-18 with 3:35 left in the half after Tonya Boyce put back a missed free throw by Davis. Taylor hit a jumper at the buzzer to give Frederick a 26-21 halftime lead.
Westminster got to within one twice in the third quarter. Tinah Houck hit consecutive inside turnaround jumpers to pull the Owls within 30-29 at the 5:30 mark, and a three-pointer by Farinholt got them to within one at 35-34 with 3:35 left in the quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged to Frederick, as it led in double digits most of the final quarter.
"We really came out strong in the first half forcingthe tempo but really slowed down in the second and let them dictate the game," Koontz said.
Farinholt led the Owls with 12 points, while Houck chipped in 11. Frederick got balanced scoring with four players in double figures. Julie Desmond and Boyce each had 13 to go along with Taylor's 14 and Davis' game-high 23.
The Westminster juniorvarsity improved to 12-1 on the season with a 48-19 win over Frederick. Julie Backof led the Owls with 15 points, and Laura Braun added 10.