Wright puts halt to Aberdeen

C. M.

December 23, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Aberdeen's main goal against C. Milton Wright's girl basketball team was to shut down 6-foot center Stacey Milton.

The Eagles managed to stop Mil- Girls basketball

ton for all of four minutes. But the Mustangs' senior dominated play from then on.

Milton scored 23 points and finished with 13 rebounds, two blocks, four steals and an assist to lead the Mustangs to a 66-35 win in the Harford County league opener for both teams yesterday at C. Milton Wright.

Early on, the Eagles (3-2 overall, 0-1 league) tried to stop Milton with a triangle-and-two defense. It worked for a while with Stephanie Hooks doing an especially nice job fronting Milton.

In the first three minutes, the Eagles jumped out to a 7-2 lead after forcing four quick turnovers with their pressure defense. Deanna Johnson had four points, two steals and an assist in the run.

The Eagles stayed close the rest of the quarter despite 5-for-21 shooting. But C. Milton Wright took its first lead on Milton's turn-around jumper with 26 seconds left in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Mustangs (3-2, 1-0) built their lead with a quick man-to-man defense. Amanda McCulloch kept the Mustangs' offense going with a couple of steals early in the quarter.

"Amanda started anticipating that Aberdeen was taking the ball left," said Mustangs coach Gloria Leidlich, "so she stepped in there and started stealing the ball. That was just the spark we needed."

Aberdeen turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter, and midway through, the Mustangs had extended their lead to 21-13.

"They played a very good man-to-man defense, and we didn't handle it well," said Aberdeen coach George Connolly. "We lost our composure and threw the ball away."

The Eagles also had to abandon their triangle-and-two defense in the second quarter when the Mustangs started hitting from outside. McCulloch hit a couple of jumpers from the corner to give the Mustangs a 27-17 lead with 1:30 left in the first half.

By halftime, the Mustangs had built their lead to 31-17. They outscored Aberdeen 18-5 in the first four minutes of the second half. Aberdeen never got closer than within 14.

McCulloch added eight points, five assists and five steals, and point guard Debbie Keiser had six points and eight assists for the Mustangs.

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