Howard routs South Carroll, 74-44 Girls basketball

December 23, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The change of venue probably helped. Hitting a few more shots certainly didn't hurt. For whatever reason, last night the Howard Lions Girls basketball

hardly resembled the team that sleepwalked through three quarters last week, before eventually losing by three points to South Carroll.

No, last night, the other Howard squad showed up in its rematch with South Carroll, and that meant bad news for the Cavaliers. After Howard -- playing at home this time -- built a comfortable lead early, withstood a third-quarter rally by South Carroll, then blew out the Cavaliers with a 26-point fourth quarter to take a 74-44 victory, the Lions felt more like the team that opened the season ranked fifth by the Baltimore Sun.

"There's something about that [South Carroll] gym. Every time we go up there, we lose," said Howard guard Sharon Ford, who led all scorers with 23 points. "Last week, we were totally off on our shots and we were slow getting up and down the floor. We finally got it together tonight. We wanted to prove we were the better team. We wanted to destroy them."

Last week in a 62-59 defeat at South Carroll (3-2), Howard (3-2) shot only 23 percent and trailed by 23 points midway through the third quarter, before staging a futile comeback. The Lions shot just as miserably in a 48-31 defeat at Linganore two nights later, a loss that dropped them to No. 15 in the poll.

A different story unfolded last night. The Lions, quicker and more athletic than the Cavaliers, opened in a rare zone defense to try to contain sophomore center Nicole Spencer, but quickly went back to their man-to-man pressure. That helped create most of ** South Carroll's 28 turnovers, as Howard opened up an early lead and never trailed.

Ford and point guard Camille Powell nearly outscored the Cavaliers. Powell, who shot 1-for-13 in her last game, opened by missing five shots, but came on to score 20 points -- including 11 in the fourth period -- and dish out seven assists. She also sparked Howard's defense with 10 steals.

Emily Moore added 14 points for the Lions. Mona Jackson, despite playing only five minutes due to foul trouble, scored nine.

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