Parkville tops North County, 44-36 Neal leads rally at Holly & Hoops

December 27, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Sallie Neal scored eight of her 12 points late in the pivotal third quarter to lead Parkville to a 44-36 victory over North County yesterday and its first-ever win at the Holly & Hoops Women's Basketball Tournament.

Parkville (4-3) fell behind early in the quarter, but Neal led the comeback in a Mistletoe Division game at the 7th annual holiday tournament at Essex Community College.

Parkville led 26-18 at the half, but North County (3-3) put on the pressure in the second half. North County forced eight turnovers and outscored Parkville 13-2 in the first four minutes of the quarter for a 31-28 lead.

North County moved the ball inside to center Joy Farmer, who scored eight in the run. Parkville managed just two shots against the North County press.

"When they put the press on, it took us awhile to adjust," Parkville coach Nancy Gross said.

"We usually don't have a problem with that. You'd think a senior team wouldn't throw it away like that."

But as quickly as they lost it, the Parkville players got the momentum back. Neal scored the next seven points to put Parkville back in the lead.

Neal, who also finished with five assists and four steals, hit a short jumper, then a three-point play to put Parkville on top, 33-31.

Debbie Curran fed Neal for a 35-31 lead with 2:48 left. Kelly Lemley hit a layup, and Neal added a free throw as Parkville finished off the third quarter with an eight-point run and a 38-31 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Farmer scored four points as North County pulled to 40-35.

But Farmer picked up two quick fouls midway through the quarter and fouled out with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Without their center, North County scored only one more point the rest of the game.

Parkville will play Mount de Sales, a 50-48 winner over North Harford in the other semifinal, for the Mistletoe Division championship tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Essex Community College. In the consolation game, North County will play North Harford at 11 a.m.

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