Oakland Mills falls short, 39-29

December 10, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

The Oakland Mills girls basketball team pushed defendin state Class 3A champion Linganore to the edge last night before losing, 39-29.

The Scorpions (1-1), who led the visitors 15-14 at halftime, trailed 24-23 after three quarters.

Oakland Mills' full-court press and man-to-man defense gave Linganore (1-0) problems throughout and led to 17 Linganore turnovers.

"Last year we beat them, 82-39, and they played a zone," Linganore coach Brian Matthews said. "This year they played an excellent man-to-man and gave us a good test."

But Linganore's free-throw shooting and Oakland Mills' turnovers and missed layups were decisive in the fourth quarter.

Linganore outscored Oakland Mills 15-6 in the period and hit seven free throws to none for Oakland Mills. The Scorpions helped Linganore by making 10 turnovers, and 38 turnovers overall.

Oakland Mills had numerous chances to win, mainly because of its 38-22 rebounding edge.

Alicia Brown's layup pulled Oakland Mills to 27-25 with 5:40 left, but the Scorpions wasted two straight back-door layup chances with traveling violations.

Oakland Mills pulled to 30-27 with three minutes left on a jumper by Missy Singleton, who sat out most of the second half with foul problems.

Linganore made five free throws down the stretch to pull away.

The Scorpions' tall and agile front line of 6-foot-2 Lauren McHargue, 5-11 Brown and 5-9 Kristen Ostlie dominated on the boards.

McHargue, the only Scorpion in double figures with 10 points, also had 15 rebounds. Brown had eight points and eight rebounds. Ostlie, Oakland Mills' best shooter, had seven rebounds but only one point.

Linganore point guard Jenny Gloyd led all scorers with 17 points.

Neither team shot well, as Oakland Mills was 12-for-44 and Linganore 13-for-51.

Last year, Linganore became the first Frederick County team, girls or boys, to go undefeated (25-0). The Lancers returned three starters, but their best player, Carrie Jenkins, is sidelined with a broken foot.

"We're inexperienced," Scorpions coach Teresa Waters said. "I'm satisfied with our effort, but we may need more conditioning because we wore down some in the fourth quarter."

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